What Happened in March 1960

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
  • Mar 4 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
  • Mar 5 7th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 63-59
  • Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)

Famous Photo

Mar 5 Iconic photograph 'Guerrillero Heroico' taken of Che Guevara at a memorial service in Havana, by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda, possibly the most reproduced photo in history

  • Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
  • Mar 5 The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
  • Mar 5 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)

Historic Event

Mar 6 President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament

  • Mar 7 Dutch Builders strike for CLA
  • Mar 8 "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances

Golden Globes

Mar 10 17th Golden Globes: "Ben-Hur", Anthony Franciosa, & Elizabeth Taylor win

  • Mar 10 USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing
  • Mar 11 Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus
  • Mar 13 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Fay Crocker of Uruguay wins by 7 strokes ahead of Kathy Cornelius
  • Mar 13 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • Mar 13 White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number
  • Mar 14 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield, California

NBA Record

Mar 14 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA playoff record of 53 points in Warriors' 132-112 win over Syracuse Nationals at Philadelphia Civic Center

  • Mar 15 Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve, also known as John D. Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, established as 1st underwater park, off the coast of Florida
  • Mar 16 Dedication of National Observatory at Kitt Peak, in the Quinlan Mountains of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert, Tohono O'odham Nation lands of Arizona dedicated

Film Release

Mar 17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

Historic Event

Mar 17 US President Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA

  • Mar 17 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • Mar 19 "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances

Sports History

Mar 19 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California, 75-55; Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is named tournament MOP

  • Mar 21 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC

Historic Invention

Mar 22 1st patent for lasers granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes

  • Mar 23 NASA's Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 24 US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
  • Mar 25 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)

Historic Event

Mar 25 DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (NYC)

  • Mar 25 Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires
  • Mar 25 Italian government Tambroni forms
  • Mar 26 114th Grand National: Gerry Scott wins aboard 13/2 favourite Merryman II; first clear favourite to win in 33 years
  • Mar 26 Iraq executes 30 after attack on Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim
  • Mar 26 Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
  • Mar 26 USC captures NCAA swimming title
  • Mar 28 Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
  • Mar 28 Scotch whisky factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters in Glasgow, Scotland

Music Premiere

Mar 29 Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres

  • Mar 31 Gore Vidal's "Best Man" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Neal Heaton, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Christina Sussiek, German athlete, born in Werther, West Germany
  • Mar 4 John Mugabi, Ugandan boxer
  • Mar 4 Mykelti Williamson, American actor
  • Mar 4 Reggie McElroy, American NFL tackle (Denver Broncos), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Mar 4 Russell Todd, American actor (Dr Jamie Frame-Another World), born in Troy, New York
  • Mar 5 David Tibet, English musician (Current 93)
  • Mar 5 Nicolas Launay, British record producer, composer and recording engineer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Arcade Fire; Kate Bush; Talking Heads), born in London, England
  • Mar 6 [Eris] Sleepy Floyd, NBA guard
  • Mar 7 Chris Rodriguez, American pop and country session and touring guitarist and vocalist, and contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter, born in The Bronx, New York

Ivan Lendl

Mar 7 Ivan Lendl, American, Czech tennis player (8-time Grand Slam title winner), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Joe Carter

Mar 7 Joe Carter, American MLB outfielder (MLB All-Star 1991–94, 96; World Series 1992, 93; Silver Slugger Award 1991, 92; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Mar 8 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • Mar 8 Max Metzker, Australian swimmer
  • Mar 9 Linda Fiorentino, American actress (Jade, Last Seduction, Moderns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 10 Anne MacKenzie, SCottish journalist and broadcaster, born on Stornoway, Scotland
  • Mar 10 Linda Jezek, American backstroke swimmer (Pan Am Gold-1979), born in California
  • Mar 11 Christophe Gans, French film director
  • Mar 12 (Christopher) "Kipp" Lennon, American rock singer-songwriter (Venice), born in Venice, California
  • Mar 12 Courtney B Vance, actor (Hamburger Hill), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 12 Eldine Baptiste, cricketer (WI all-rounder early 80's)
  • Mar 12 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • Mar 12 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer

Adam Clayton

Mar 13 Adam Clayton, English-Irish musician and rock bassist (U2 -"I Will Follow"), born in Chinnor, England

  • Mar 13 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2005)
  • Mar 13 Stuart Sullivan, American audio engineer (Roky Erikson; Willie Nelson; Sublime), and recording studio owner, born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Mar 13 Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist, born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
  • Mar 14 George Horvath, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic-1980)

Kirby Puckett

Mar 14 [Anthony] Kirby Puckett, American MLB centerfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • Mar 15 Chris Sanders, American animator and director (Lilo & Stich; The Croods), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Mar 15 Marco Pennette, American television screenwriter and producer (Caroline in the City; Ugly Betty), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Mar 15 Phil Walsh, Australian Rules Football wing, coach (murdered by son), born in Hamilton, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • Mar 16 Duane Sutter, Canadian NHL right wing, 1979-90 (New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks), and coach, 2000-02 (Florida Panthers), born in Viking, Alberta
  • Mar 16 Jenny Eclair [Hargreaves], British comedienne, author and actress (Grumpy Old Women, Loose Women), born in Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya
  • Mar 17 Arye Gross, American actor (Ellen), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 17 Vicki Lewis, actress (Beth-Newsradio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 18 Anita Lane, Australian rock singer-songwriter (The Bad Seeds - "From Her To Eternity"), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Mar 18 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Mar 18 Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 18 James MacPherson, Scottish actor (Taggart, Sometimes), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Mar 18 Richard Biggs, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Mar 19 Eliane Elias, Brazilian jazz pianist, singer, composer and arranger (Dreamer; Around The City), born in São Paulo, Brazil

Ayrton Senna

Mar 21 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)

  • Mar 21 Dominic Miller, American session and touring guitarist (World Party; Sting), born in Hurlingham, Argentina
  • Mar 21 Guy Chadwick, British pop singer-songwriter (The House of Love - Shine On), born in Hanover, Germany
  • Mar 21 Robert Sweet, American Christian-metal sideways drummer (Stryper), born in Lynwood, California
  • Mar 23 Louise Goffin, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and educator (WriteGirl), born in Brooklyn, NYC
  • Mar 23 Nicol Stephen, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • Mar 23 Oscar Michael Moore, journalist
  • Mar 23 Terry Sweeney, American comedian and comedian (SNL), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 24 Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 24 Grayson Perry, English cross-dressing artist (Turner Prize 2003), born in Chelmsford
  • Mar 24 Kelly LeBrock, American actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 24 Nena [Gabrielle Kerner], German pop singer ("99 Luftballons"- "99 Red Balloons"), born in Hagen, West Germany
  • Mar 25 Haywood Nelson, American actor (Haywood-Grady, Dwayne-What's Happening), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 Idy Chan Yuk-Lin, Hong Kong actress
  • Mar 25 Robert Green, tennis star, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 25 Steve Norman, British rock saxophone player (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in London, England
  • Mar 26 Jennifer Grey, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 26 Marcus Allen, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1981, USC; Super Bowl MVP 1984, LA Raiders; 6 x Pro Bowl), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 27 Clare Lucy Madeleine Evans, historian
  • Mar 27 Hans Pflügler, German footballer, born in Freising, Germany
  • Mar 27 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney
  • Mar 28 Chris Barrie [Brown], British impressionist, comic, and actor (Red Dwarf - "Arnold Rimmer"; The Brittas Empire), born in Hanover, West Germany
  • Mar 28 Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, French author and dramatist (Concerto to the Memory of an Angel), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Rhône
  • Mar 28 José Maria Neves, Prime Minister of Cape Verde (2001-16), born in Santa Catarina, Cape Verde
  • Mar 29 Annabella Sciorra, American actress (The Sopranos), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 29 Jo Nesbø, Norwegian writer (Harry Hole crime novels) and singer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 30 Bill Johnson, American alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Mar 31 Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 31 Mark Tuinei, American NFL offensive tackle (3-time Super Bowl winner, Dallas Cowboys), born in Oceanside, CA

Famous Weddings

Yul Brynner

Mar 31 Actor Yul Brynner (39) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City; divorce in 1967

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Mar 4 American comedienne Lucille Ball files for divorce from Cuban-American singer Desi Arnaz, after 14 years of marriage

Yul Brynner

Mar 26 Academy Award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising, dies at 85
  • Mar 3 Sammy White, American comedian and actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), dies at 65
  • Mar 4 Herbert O'Conor, American politician, 51st Governor of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60), dies of a heart attack during a performance of Verddi's "La forza del destino" at 48
  • Mar 9 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 11 Roy Chapman Andrews, US biologist/explorer, dies at 76
  • Mar 22 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 23 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 26 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • Mar 27 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • Mar 30 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor and painter, dies at 90
  • Mar 30 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich; Totenmesse), dies at 81