What Happened in March 1966

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria
  • Mar 1 Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
  • Mar 2 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam

Sports History

Mar 2 Black Hawks right wing Bobby Hull becomes the NHL's first 2-time 50-goal scorer when he strikes in a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium

Sports History

Mar 2 Jean Béliveau scores his 380th career NHL goal when Montreal ties Toronto, 3-3; moves him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard

  • Mar 2 After suffering a hairline fracture of his right hind foot, 5-time US Horse of the Year Kelso is immediately retired; racing's all-time leading money winner with lifetime earnings of $1,977,896

Music History

Mar 3 Canadian-American rock band "Buffalo Springfield" forms (Stephen Stills, Neil Young, et al)

  • Mar 3 James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Mar 3 Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to exile in Conakry, Guinea

  • Mar 3 Twister hits Jackson Mississippi; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die
  • Mar 3 WRFT (now WVFT) TV channel 27 in Roanoke, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 4 Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die

Music History

Mar 4 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

  • Mar 4 North Sea Gas 1st pumped ashore by BP
  • Mar 5 75 MPH air currents causes BOAC 707 crash into Mount Fuji, 124 die
  • Mar 5 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Mar 5 Player reps elect Marvin Miller as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 5 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 5 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66
  • Mar 6 Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets" becomes #1 (13 weeks)
  • Mar 7 "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
  • Mar 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • Mar 8 An IRA bomb destroys Nelson's Column in Dublin
  • Mar 9 Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board
  • Mar 10 5 time Horse of the Year, Kelso, retires
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at Ashau Valley

Coup d'état

Mar 11 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out

  • Mar 11 A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.
  • Mar 12 Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record
  • Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • Mar 12 Love's 1st album released "Love"
  • Mar 12 Pioneer Plaza dedicated
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film Release

Mar 14 British film "Born Free" based on the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson released starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers

  • Mar 15 Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles, California

Historic Event

Mar 16 Gemini 8 launched with Neil Armstrong and David R. Scott aboard, conducts the 1st docking of two spacecraft in orbit, flight aborted after critical system failure with the crew returned safely to Earth

  • Mar 16 Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
  • Mar 17 South Africa's government bans Defense & Aid Fund
  • Mar 17 US submarine locates missing hydrogen bomb on the Mediterranean sea floor
  • Mar 18 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Mar 18 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
  • Mar 18 Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
  • Mar 19 "Poussé Cafe" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 19 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Kentucky, 72-65; Miners first title in first title game
  • Mar 19 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants begins
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
  • Mar 21 American medical drama series "Ben Casey", starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, ends a five season run on ABC-TV
  • Mar 23 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic & Anglican Church
  • Mar 24 Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
  • Mar 25 US Supreme court rules "poll tax" unconstitutional
  • Mar 25 Beatles pose for photographer Robert Whitaker with mutilated dolls and butchered meat for album cover of "Yesterday & Today", it is later pulled from circulation and replaced with a different photo
  • Mar 26 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard 50/1 outsider Anglo wins by 20 lengths, giving Freddie 2nd place for a second straight year
  • Mar 26 Wales beats France, 9-8 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 29 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "It's a Bird... It's A Plane...It's Superman" opens at Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 129 performances

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 29 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Television Premiere

Mar 30 "Color Me Barbra", Barbra Streisand's second TV special and the first in color, premieres on CBS

  • Mar 31 25,000 anti war demonstrators march in NYC

Election of Interest

Mar 31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election

  • Mar 31 USSR launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 John David Cullum, actor (1776, Sweet Country, Day After)
  • Mar 1 Paul Hollywood, English baker and TV judge (The Great British Bake Off), born in Wallasey, England
  • Mar 2 Judith Wiesner, Austrian tennis player (World #12 1997; captain Austria's Federation Cup team 2001), born in Hallein Austria
  • Mar 2 Stevie Rachelle, American hard rock vocalist (Tuff - "What Comes Around Goes Around"), born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Mar 3 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • Mar 3 Dmitri Volkov, Russian swimmer (world record)
  • Mar 3 Ellen Minzner, Lawrence Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 3 Tone-Lōc [Anthony Terrell Smith], American rapper ("Funky Cold Medina"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 3 Fernando Colunga, Mexican actor and director (Pasión, Ladrón que roba a ladrón), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Mar 3 Timo Tolkki, Finnish musician (Stratovarius)
  • Mar 4 Kevin Johnson, American NBA player (Phoenix Suns) and politician, born in Sacramento, California
  • Mar 4 Patrick Hannan, English pop drummer (Sundays - "Can't Be Sure")
  • Mar 4 Steve Bastoni, Italian-Australian actor (Neighbours), born in Rome, Italy
  • Mar 4 Dav Pilkey, American author (Captain Underpants, Dogman), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Grand Puba [Maxwell Dixon], American rapper (Grand Nubian), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Mar 4 Wash West [Wash Westmoreland], English film director (Still Alice, The Last of Robin Hood), born in Leeds, England
  • Mar 5 Greg Clark, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 5 Michael Irvin, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 5 Bob Halkidis, Canadian hockey player
  • Mar 5 Aasif Mandvi [Mandviwala], British-American comedian, actor, and writer (The Mystic Masseur; The Daily Show, 2006-15; Today's Special), born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India
  • Mar 5 Feng Congde, Chinese dissident (A Tiananmen Journal: Republic on the Square) and one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, born in Sichuan province, China
  • Mar 6 Cliff Meidl, American sprint kayak (Olympics 1996 & 2000), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • Mar 6 Michelle Edwards, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Mar 6 Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian militant (chief bombmaker for Hamas), born in Rafat, West Bank (d. 1996)

Alan Davies

Mar 6 Alan Davies, British comedian and actor (Jonathan Creek, QI), born in Loughton, Essex, England

  • Mar 7 Jeff Feagles, American NFL punter (Arizona Cardinals), born in Anaheim, california
  • Mar 7 Terry Carkner, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Smiths Falls, Canada
  • Mar 7 Joy Tanner, American actress, born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 8 Laura McCabe, cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • Mar 9 Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Mar 9 Tony Lockett, Australian Rules full-forward (highest goalscorer in VFL/AFL history, 1,360 in 281 games; St. Kilda FC, Sydney FC), born in Ballarat, Victoria
  • Mar 9 Michael Patrick MacDonald, Irish-American activist against crime and violence and author (All Souls: A Family Story From Southie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 10 Edie Brickell, American rock singer-songwriter (New Bohemians - '"What I Am"), married to Paul Simon, born in Oak Cliff, Texas
  • Mar 10 Michael Timlin, American MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Midland, Texas
  • Mar 10 Stephen Mailer, American actor (Red Meat, League of Their Own, War & Love), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 10 Gráinne Mulvey, Irish classical composer, born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 11 Pavel Petrovich Mukhortov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 11 Steve Reed, MLB pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 11 Joe Hachem, Australian poker player (first Australian to win World Series of Poker, 2005 record $7.5m), born in Lebanon
  • Mar 12 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 12 Erich Fischer, American Olympic water polo forward (Olympic-92), born in Dinuba, California
  • Mar 12 Grant Long, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Mar 12 John Thompson III, NCAA Basketball Head Coach
  • Mar 13 Akira Nogami, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Mar 13 Tine Scheuer-Larsen, Danish tennis star, born in Ølstykke, Denmark
  • Mar 14 Darcy Wakaluk, Canadian NHL goalie (Dallas Stars), born in Pincher Creek, Alberta
  • Mar 14 Tertius Bosch, South African cricketing pace bowler
  • Mar 14 Elise Neal, American actress
  • Mar 15 Chris Bruno, American actor (The Dead Zone - "Sherriff"; All My Children, 1995-97 - "Michael"), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 15 Klaus Paier, Austrian jazz accordionist and composer, born in Sankt Andrä, Austria
  • Mar 16 Catarina Pollini, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • Mar 16 David Nascimento, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Utrecht)
  • Mar 16 Rodney Peete, NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 17 Jeremy Sheffield, English actor (Holby City), born in Chelmsford, England
  • Mar 18 Jerry Cantrell, American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer (Alice in Chains - Dirt), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Mar 18 Daniel S. Nevins, American rabbi
  • Mar 18 Peter Jones, British entrepreneur and businessman (Dragons' Den, American Inventor), born in Maidenhead, Berkshire
  • Mar 19 Andy Sinton, English footballer
  • Mar 19 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey), born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Mar 19 Michael Urbano, American session and gouring drummer (John Hiatt; Smash Mouth; Ligabue), born in Sacramento, California
  • Mar 20 Blas Minor, Merced CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Mar 20 Giulio Caravatta, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • Mar 20 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • Mar 21 Al Iafrate, American NHL defenseman (799 career NHL games, 152 goals, 311 assists for 463 points), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Mar 21 Karen Lunn, Australian golfer (British Open 1993; LET Order of Merit 1993), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • Mar 21 Matthew Maynard, cricketer (big hitting Glamorgan & England player)
  • Mar 21 Kenny Bräck, Swedish auto racer (Indy Racing League 1998; Indianapolis 500 1999), born in Arvika, Sweden
  • Mar 22 Brian Shaw, American NBA guard and coach (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 22 Sean Berry, American infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 22 Todd Ewen, Canadian NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Mar 22 Artis Pabriks, Latvian politician, born in Jūrmala, Lavtian SSR, USSR
  • Mar 22 Martha McSally, American politician (Senator Arizona (R) 2019-20), first female American pilot to fly in combat, born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Mar 23 Mike Remlinger, MLB pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, New York
  • Mar 24 Penny Toler, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • Mar 24 Tatjana Patitz, model/actress (Rising Sun), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Mar 25 David Hohl, American freestyle wrestler (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 25 Jeff Cross, American football defensive end (Pro Bowl 1990 Miami Dolphins), born in Blythe, California
  • Mar 25 Jeff Healey, Canadian blind blues-rock guitarist and singer ("See The Light"; "Angel Eyes"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)

Tom Glavine

Mar 25 Tom Glavine, American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1991, 98; World Series MVP 1995; 10 x MLB All Star; Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Concord, Massachusetts

  • Mar 25 Anton Rogan, Irish footballer
  • Mar 25 Frank Ferrer, American rock drummer (Guns N' Roses, 2006 -present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 26 Wesley Walls, American NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Batesville, Mississipi
  • Mar 26 Michael Imperioli, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Mar 27 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Mar 28 Salt [Cheryl James], American Grammy Award-winning rapper and songwriter (Salt-n-Pepa - "Let's Talk About Sex"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 28 Jason Garrett, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 28 Nathalie Herreman, French tennis star, born in Sainte-Adresse, France
  • Mar 28 Indra Lesmana, Indonesian jazz keyboardist, arranger, and composer, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Mar 29 Dwayne Harper, American NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Mar 29 Eric Gunderson, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 29 Robb Thomas, American NFL receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 30 Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age, 2002-12), born in Gardena, California
  • Mar 30 Efstratios Grivas, Greek chess grandmaster and author, born in Aigio, Greece
  • Mar 31 Roger Black, English athlete (World C'ships gold 4 x 400m relay 1991, 97), born in Gosport, Hampshire,

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 10 Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix (Queen Beatrix) marries German aristocrat Claus von Amsberg in Amsterdam

Keith Moon

Mar 17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Fritz Houtermans, Dutch-Austrian physicist, dies at 63
  • Mar 3 Alice Pearce, American Emmy Award-winning comedienne and actress (On the Town; Bewitched - "Mrs. Kravitz" (the 1st one)), dies from ovarian cancer at 48
  • Mar 3 William Frawley, American vaudeville, silent and sound screen actor (I Love Lucy - "Fred"; My Three Sons - "Bub"; Miracle on 34th Street), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Mar 4 Jānis Mediņš, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 5 Anna Achmatova, Ukrainian poet, dies at 76
  • Mar 5 Enrique E Ecker, Curacaos/US bacteriologist, dies at 79
  • Mar 6 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • Mar 9 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • Mar 10 Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
  • Mar 10 Mari Sandoz, American author (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 64
  • Mar 12 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Rio Bravo, Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose), dies of influenza at 37
  • Mar 15 Abe Saperstein, British-American sports entrepreneur (founder of Harlem Globetrotters), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Mar 15 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 23 Johannes W Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie), dies at 82
  • Mar 24 Virginia Hill, American organized crime figure (girlfriend of Bugsy Siegel), supposedly commits suicide at 49
  • Mar 25 Colin Campbell, Scottish actor (High Bright Sun, Leather Boys), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Mien Labberton, Dutch poet, dies at 82
  • Mar 30 Erwin Piscator, German theater and film director (Nathan the Wise; Revolt of the Fishermen), dies at 72
  • Mar 30 Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator, dies at 95
  • Mar 30 Newbold Morris, American politician, dies at 64