What Happened in March 1964

Historical Events

Music History

Mar 2 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets future wife Pattie Boyd

  • Mar 4 Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
  • Mar 5 Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr, announces a baseball team is moving there
  • Mar 5 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Ceylon due to social unrest

Sports History

Mar 6 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"

  • Mar 6 Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
  • Mar 6 Tom O'Hara runs world record mile (3:56.4)
  • Mar 7 11th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 80-59
  • Mar 9 1st Ford Mustang produced
  • Mar 9 Creighton's Paul Silas grabs Midwest record 27 rebounds against Okla
  • Mar 9 Supreme Court issues NY Times vs Sullivan decision: public officials must prove malice to claim libel and recover damages
  • Mar 10 Simon and Garfunkel record the first version of "The Sound of Silence" at Columbia Studios in New York City
  • Mar 10 US reconnaissance plane shot down over East Germany

Golden Globes

Mar 11 21st Golden Globes: The Cardinal, Sidney Poitier, & Leslie Caron win

  • Mar 12 Jimmy Hoffa sentenced to 8 years
  • Mar 12 S. N. Behrman's play "But for Whom Charlie" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 12 WKAB TV channel 32 in Montgomery, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 13 Turkey threatens Cyprus with armed attack
  • Mar 14 "Girl Who Came to Supper" closes at Broadway NYC after 112 performances
  • Mar 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 16 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria, California (CBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Mar 16 LBJ asks Congress to pass Economic Opportunity Act as part of his War on Poverty

  • Mar 16 Paul Hornung & Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension

Film & TV History

Mar 19 Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on James Bond film "Goldfinger"

  • Mar 20 ESRO established, European Space Research Organization
  • Mar 21 118th Grand National: Willie Robinson aboard American-owned 12-year-old Team Spirit wins at odds of 18/1
  • Mar 21 26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Duke, 98-83; Bruins first title in first title game; undefeated season (30-0)
  • Mar 21 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen
  • Mar 21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Mar 21 Wales draws 11-11 with France in Cardiff, whilst Scotland beats England, 15-6 at Murrayfield to leave the Five Nations Rugby Championship shared by Wales and Scotland on 6 competition points
  • Mar 22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section
  • Mar 22 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Carol Mann her 1st of 2 major titles by 2 shots from Ruth Jessen and Judy Kimball

Historic Publication

Mar 23 "In His Own Write", a book of short stories, poems and drawings by John Lennon is published

  • Mar 23 UNCTAD 1 world conference opens in Geneva
  • Mar 24 Kennedy half-dollar issued

Historic Event

Mar 25 Britain sets memorial for the late President John F. Kennedy

  • Mar 25 Egypt ends state of siege (1952-64)
  • Mar 26 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances
  • Mar 27 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England)
  • Mar 27 Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars
  • Mar 27 The Great Alaska Earthquake (9.2 magnitude) and resulting tsunami kill 139 people in the largest US earthquake and second largest ever recorded
  • Mar 27 UN troops arrive in Cyprus
  • Mar 28 1st pirate radio station near England (Radio Caroline)
  • Mar 28 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London unveils figures of The Beatles; they later appear on the Sgt. Pepper album cover

Historic Event

Mar 30 Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race

  • Mar 31 President Jango Goulart of Brazil chased out of office by military

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Clinton Gregory, Martinsville, Virginia, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Play, Ruby, Play)
  • Mar 1 Paul Le Guen, French soccer midfielder (17 caps; PSG) and manager (Rennes, Lyon, Rangers, PSG, Le Havre), born in Pencran, France
  • Mar 2 Laird Hamilton, American big-wave surfer (co-inventor of tow-in surfing; heaviest wave ever ridden successfully, Teahupo'o 2000), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 3 Atif Rauf, cricketer (Pakistani Test batsman v New Zealand 1994)
  • Mar 3 Duncan Phillips, Australian Christian-rock drummer (Newsboys, 1993-present), born in Nambour, Australia
  • Mar 3 Laura Martinez-Herring, Mexican-American actress (Mulholland Drive; General Hospital) and Miss USA 1985, born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Mar 3 Lisa Ann Poggi, American actress (Candyman; Loving), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Mar 3 Raúl Alcalá, Mexican cyclist, born in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Mar 4 Emilia Eberle, Romanian gymnast (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Mar 4 Linda French, American badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Mar 4 Tom Lampkin, American catcher (SF Giants), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 6 Madonna Wayne Gacy [Stephen Bier, Jr.], American musician (Marilyn Manson), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Mar 6 Reniet Vrieze, Dutch rock singer and guitarist (Pilgrims - "White Men")
  • Mar 7 Bret Easton Ellis, American writer (American Psycho), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 7 Denyce Graves, American mezzo-soprano (Carmen), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 7 Jeff Criswell, American NFL tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Grinnell, Iowa
  • Mar 7 Jennifer McCarters, American country singer (McCarters - "The Gift"), born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Mar 7 Mikhail Popkov, Russian serial killer of 55 people, born in Angarsk, USSR

Wanda SykesWanda Sykes (58 years old)

Mar 7 American actress and comedienne (Black-ish), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Mar 8 Lance McCullers, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Peter [Ped] Gill, British drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 9 Herbert Fandel, German football referee, born in Kyllburg, Germany
  • Mar 9 Juliette Binoche, French actress (The English Patient, Unbearable Lightness), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 9 Phil Housley, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team USA Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Mar 10 David Faber, American television reporter
  • Mar 10 Greg Campbell, Australian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 13 wickets; 12 ODIs), born in Launceston, Australia
  • Mar 10 Neneh Cherry, Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper (Money Love), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Prince EdwardPrince Edward (58 years old)

Mar 10 Prince of Britain and son of Elizabeth II, born in Buckingham Palace, London

  • Mar 11 Emma Chambers, British actress (The Vicar of Dibley, Notting Hill), born in Doncaster, England (d. 2018)
  • Mar 11 Raimo Helminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Mar 11 Shane Richie, British actor (EastEnders, Flushed Away), born in Harlesden, London
  • Mar 11 Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Mar 12 Tony Terry, American soul singer and actor (With You), born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • Mar 13 Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 14 Richard Migliore, American jockey and commentator, born in Babylon, New York
  • Mar 15 Rockwell [Kennedy Gordy], American rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 15 Ron Hall, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Mar 16 Gore Verbinski, American movie director (Pirates of the Caribbean films; Rango), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Mar 16 Pascal Richard, Swiss cyclist
  • Mar 16 Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter (Downtown Church), born in Old Town, Maine
  • Mar 17 Alex Shoumidoub, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 17 Don Griffin, American NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns), born in Pelham, Georgia
  • Mar 17 Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian football goalkeeper, born in Sackbayeme, Cameroon
  • Mar 17 Lee Dixon, English footballer (Arsenal), born in Manchester, England
  • Mar 17 Rob Lowe, American actor (St Elmo's Fire, The West Wing), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Mar 17 Ron Warren Jr, American jockey (Bay Meadows)
  • Mar 18 Alex Caffi, Italian racecar driver

Bonnie BlairBonnie Blair (58 years old)

Mar 18 American speed skater (Olympic 5 gold/bronze 1988, 92, 94), born in Champaign, Illinois

  • Mar 18 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • Mar 18 Paul Elliott, English footballer
  • Mar 18 Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • Mar 19 Barbara Lynch, American restaurateur (The Barbara Lynch Gruppo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 19 Jake Weber, British actor
  • Mar 19 Yoko Kanno, Japanese keyboard and accordion player, arranger, jazz, pop music (Seatbelts), and soundtrack composer (Cowboy Bebop), born in Sendai, Japan
  • Mar 20 Natacha Atlas, Egyptian-Belgian world music and electro-pop fusion singer (Transglobal Underground), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Mar 20 Ruth Davidon, rower (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 21 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2020)
  • Mar 21 Jesper Skibby, Danish professional cyclist
  • Mar 23 John Pinette, American comedian, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 24 Hans Schwaier, West Germany, tennis star
  • Mar 24 Patterson Hood, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera; The Unraveling), born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • Mar 25 Alex Solls, American jockey, born in Panama City, Panama
  • Mar 25 Ken Wregget, Brandon, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins)
  • Mar 26 Ab Plugboer, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht) and manager, born in Edam, Netherlands
  • Mar 26 Barry "Baz" Warne, British rock guitarist and singer (The Stranglers, 2000 - present), born in Sunderland, England
  • Mar 26 Martin Donnelly, Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 26 Ulf Samuelsson, Swedish American NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Rangers), born in Fagersta, Sweden
  • Mar 27 Clark Datchler, British vocalist, songwriter, and producer (Johnny Hates Jazz - "Shattered Dreams"), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Mar 29 Catherine Cortez Masto, American politician (Senator-D-Nevada 2017-), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Elle MacPhersonElle MacPherson (58 years old)

Mar 29 Australian supermodel and actress (Sirens), born in Sydney, New South Wales

  • Mar 29 Jill Goodacre Connick, American model (Victoria Secrets), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Mar 29 Michael A. Jackson, American politician, born in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Mar 30 Corey Millen, Canadian NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Cloquet
  • Mar 30 Dave Ellett, American NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 30 Ian Ziering, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210), born in West Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 30 Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter (Fast Car; Give Me One Reason), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 30 Vlado Bozinovski, Australian former footballer
  • Mar 31 Dave Wyman, American NFL linebacker, broadcaster (Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos), born in San Diego, CA
  • Mar 31 David Diaz-Infante, American NFL guard, coach, broadcaster (2-time Super Bowl winner, Denver Broncos, born in San Jose, CA
  • Mar 31 Erik Turner, American rock guitarist (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 31 Isabelle Ferrari [Isabella Fogliazza], Italian actress (Italy's Miss Teenager), born in Ponte dell'Olio, Italy

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Mar 15 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (32) marries for the 5th time to actor Richard Burton (38)

Jane Goodall

Mar 28 Anthropologist Jane Goodall marries wildlife photographer Baron Hugo van Lawick, at Chelsea Old Church, London (divorced 1974)


Famous Divorces

Elizabeth Taylor

Mar 6 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 4th divorce from entertainer Eddie Fisher

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Sergius Kagen, American pianist & composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Edward Van Sloan, American actor (Frankenstein, Dracula), dies at 81
  • Mar 6 King Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
  • Mar 7 Franz Alexander, Hungarian American psycho analyst, dies at 73
  • Mar 9 Johanna W "Mina" Bakker, Dutch actress (Boefje), dies at 87
  • Mar 9 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general and politician, dies at 93
  • Mar 13 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, stabbed to death in Queens; almost 40 witnesses but no rescuers
  • Mar 15 Paul Cavanagh, British actor (The Woman in Green, Tarzan & his Mate), dies at 75
  • Mar 16 Nicholas Joy, French actor (Gentleman's Agreement; Desk Set; Boss Lady), dies at 80

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener (1894-1964)

Mar 18 American mathematician who founded cybernetics, dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Mar 18 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (4th President International Olympic Committee 1952-64), dies at 93
  • Mar 19 John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, American Baseball HOF shortstop (career batting average: .349 NgLs) and manager (Lincoln Giants, Bacharach Giants), dies at 79

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan (1923-1964)

Mar 20 Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), dies at 41

  • Mar 20 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 22 Addison Richards, American actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees), dies at 61
  • Mar 23 Peter Lorre, Hungarian-American actor (M, Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers), dies from a stroke at 59
  • Mar 23 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet choreographer (Gayaneh), dies at 66
  • Mar 26 Hedwig Kohn, Prussian-born Jewish physics pioneer, dies at 77
  • Mar 30 Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen [Nellie Walker], African-American Harlem Renaissance novelist (Quicksand, Passing), dies at 72
  • Mar 30 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76