On This Day

What Happened in March 1967

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 MLB Commissioner William Eckert approves the Baseball Writers Association of America's plan to name a Cy Young Award recipient from both the National and American Leagues
  • Mar 1 Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain
  • Mar 1 US House of Representatives expels Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr (307 to 116)
  • Mar 1 Queen Elizabeth Hall in London's South Bank Centre opens
  • Mar 1 WMET (now WHSW) TV channel 24 in Baltimore, MD (IND) 1st broadcast

Grammy Awards

Mar 2 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

  • Mar 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 3 Grenada gains partial independence from Britain
  • Mar 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 3 White Sox given permission to use semi-DH in training camp with home club permission (use of pinch hitter twice in same game)
  • Mar 4 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • Mar 4 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)
  • Mar 4 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
  • Mar 4 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champion in Vienna won by Peggy Fleming (US)
  • Mar 5 WEDN TV channel 53 in Norwich, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music Awards

Mar 6 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Guitar win

  • Mar 6 Jimmy Hoffa enters Lewisburg Federal Prison

Sports History

Mar 6 Muhammad Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted

  • Mar 6 Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Allilujeva approaches the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, and asks for political asylum
  • Mar 6 WACS TV channel 25 in Dawson, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 7 Clark Gesner's musical "You're a Good Man" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 7 Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa begins 8-year jail sentence for defrauding the union & jury tampering (commuted Dec 23, 1971)
  • Mar 8 New Orleans Saints begin selling season tickets (20,000 sold 1st day)

Album Release

Mar 10 "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You", American singer Aretha Franklin's tenth overall studio album, and first on Atlantic Records is released

Music Single

Mar 11 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne"

  • Mar 11 14th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 82-73
  • Mar 12 Austria's Reinhold Bachler ski jumps 505 feet

Appointment of Interest

Mar 12 Indonesian congress strips President Sukarno of authority and names General Suharto as acting President

  • Mar 13 Congo sentences ex-premier Moise Tsjombe to death
  • Mar 13 Robert Anderson's "You Know I Can't Hear You ..." premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Mar 14 JFK's body moved from temporary grave to a permanent memorial

  • Mar 14 1967 NFL Draft: Michigan State defensive end Bubba Smith first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • Mar 15 Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT)-headquarter moves from France to Brunssum, Netherlands
  • Mar 15 Marshal Arturo da Costa e Silva sworn in as President of Brazil
  • Mar 15 WSJK TV channel 2 in Sneedville/Knoxville, Tennessee (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 16 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) ship breaks down
  • Mar 17 British harpist Shiela Bromberg plays with string section for the Sgt. Pepper track "She's Leaving Home", becomes the first female to perform on a Beatles recording
  • Mar 18 Beatles' "Penny Lane" single goes #1
  • Mar 18 Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock off Cornwall & spills oil
  • Mar 19 French Somaliland (Djibouti) votes to continue association with France

Music Single

Mar 20 The Supremes release single "The Happening"

  • Mar 20 WOET (now WPTD) TV channel 16 in Dayton, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Mar 21 Musical comedy film "Thoroughly Modern Millie", starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing, premieres at the Criterion Theatre, NYC

  • Mar 22 Muhammad Ali KOs Zora Folley in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 24 University of Michigan holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam

Sports History

Mar 25 29th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Dayton, 79-64; Bruins center Lew Alcindor (later named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) tournament MOP

  • Mar 25 The Turtle's "Happy Together" goes #1
  • Mar 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 25 Who & Cream make US debut at Murray the K's Easter Show
  • Mar 26 21st Tony Awards: Homecoming & Cabaret win

Catholic Encyclical

Mar 26 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Populorum progressio

  • Mar 28 "Sherry!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 65 performances

Historic Event

Mar 28 UN Secretary General U Thant makes public proposals for peace in Vietnam

  • Mar 29 WCMU TV channel 14 in Mt. Pleasant, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

Mar 31 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (The Astoria, London)


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Aron Winter, Dutch soccer midfielder and coach (84 caps; Ajax, Lazio, Inter), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Mar 1 George Eads, American actor (CSI), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 2 Thierry Lacroix, French rugby union fly-half (43 caps; 1995 Rugby World Cup top points scorer [112]), born in Nogaro, France
  • Mar 2 Dennis Seaton, British reggae-rock singer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 3 Alexander Volkov, Russian tennis star
  • Mar 3 Calvin Williams, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 3 Elizabeth Cheshire, actress (Jill-Sunshine), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 4 Daryll Cullinan, South African cricket batsman (70 Tests; 4,554 runs @ 44.21; 138 ODIs), born in Kimberley, Cape Province
  • Mar 4 Juli Furtado, American mountain cyclist (world champ-1991, 92), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Evan Dando, American musician (The Lemonheads - "Mrs. Robinson"), born in Essex, Massachusetts
  • Mar 4 Andrew Osmond, English writer (Big Fish)
  • Mar 4 Kubilay Türkyılmaz, Turkish-Swiss footballer, born in Bellinzona, Switzerland
  • Mar 4 Time Vine, English comedian and presenter (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), born in London, England
  • Mar 5 Nicole Boegman, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1988, 92, 96)
  • Mar 6 Bennie Dekker, Dutch football player (NEC/AZ/De Graafschap), born in Ermelo, Netherlands
  • Mar 6 Connie Britton, American actress (Spin City, Friday Night Lights), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 6 Julio Bocca, Argentine ballet dancer (American Ballet Theater, 1986-2006; Ballet Argentino, 1990-2007), and artistic director (National Ballet of Uruguay, 2010-18), born in Munro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mar 6 Mihai Tudose, Romanian politician, Prime Minister (2017-), born in Brăila, Romania
  • Mar 7 Zheng Haixia, Chinese WNBA center (LA Sparks), born in Shangqiu, China
  • Mar 7 Ai Yazawa, Japanese mangaka (manga author - Neighbourhood Story), born in Amagasaki, Japan
  • Mar 7 Randel "Randy" Guss, American musician and drummer (Toad the Wet Sprocket), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 8 Brent Fedyk, Yorkton, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 8 Dale Joseph, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 8 Joel Johnston, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Curt Schreiner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 9 Eric Flaim, American short track skater (Olympics silver 1988, 94), born in Pembroke, Massachusetts
  • Mar 9 Michael Kiselak, American football player, CFL corner (Toronto Argonauts), born in North Tarrytown, New York
  • Mar 10 Omer Tarin [Omer Salim Khan], Pakistani poet, scholar and activist, born in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Mar 11 Andrew Zesers, Australian cricketer (1987 World Cup)
  • Mar 11 Bill Houlder, Thunder Bay, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Mar 11 John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer (Captain Jack Harkness-Doctor Who), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 11 Brad Carson, American politician
  • Mar 12 Irvin Smith, CFL cornerback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Mar 12 Julio Dely Valdes, Panamanian footballer
  • Mar 13 Colleen Rosensteel, American heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 13 Satu Huotari, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Oulu, Finland
  • Mar 13 Andrés Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (murdered in World Cup aftermath), born in Medellín, Colombia (d. 1994)
  • Mar 14 Edward M. Fincke, American air force officer and astronaut, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 14 Melissa Brennan Reeves, American actress (Jen-Days of our Lives), born in Eatontown, New Jersey
  • Mar 14 Vijay Yadav, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1 Test, 3 dismissals, HS 30; Haryana), born in Gonda, India
  • Mar 15 Kirk Scrafford, American NFL tackle, 1990-98 (Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers), born in Billings, Montana
  • Mar 15 Naoko Takeuchi, Japanese manga artist (Sailor Moon), born in Kōfu, Yamanashi, Japan
  • Mar 15 Pierre Coffin, French animator, film director, voice of the Minions (Despicable Me franchise), born in France
  • Mar 16 Lauren Graham, American actress and author (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Mar 16 Dan Owens, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions)
  • Mar 16 John Mangum, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 17 Chris Luongo, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 17 Van Conner, American rock bassist and guitarist (Screaming Trees), born in Apple Valley, California

Billy Corgan

Mar 17 Billy Corgan, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Mar 17 Barry Minkow, American businessman, religious leader and convicted felon (fraud), born in Inglewwood, California
  • Mar 18 Andre Rison, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs)
  • Mar 18 Derrick Graham, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 18 Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush - "Single Girl")
  • Mar 18 Ken Edenfield, American basenall player
  • Mar 18 Stefan Lindqvist, Swedish soccer midfielder (5 caps; IFK Göteborg), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • Mar 19 Vladimir Konstantinov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Mar 20 Bryan Genesse, actor, (Rocco-Bold & Beautiful, Grady-Street Justice)
  • Mar 20 Mookie Blaylock, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Mar 20 Nikolay Bukhalov, Bulgarian canoeist (2 x Olympic gold 1992), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Mar 21 Elaina Oden, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Orange, California
  • Mar 21 Troy Westwood, Canadian CFL football kicker and punter, 1991-2009 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Dauphin, Manitoba
  • Mar 21 Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician, songwriter, and producer (Ace of Base - "All That She Wants"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Mar 21 Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter, and sportscaster, born in Quinton, Birmingham, England
  • Mar 21 Maxim Reality [Keith Palmer], Jamaican-British trip-hop MC and vocalist (The Prodigy), born in Peterborough, England
  • Mar 22 Mario Cipollini, Italian professional road cyclist, born in Luca, Italy
  • Mar 23 Sandra Reinhardt, Pitts, actress (Another World, Illegal in Blue)
  • Mar 23 John Strohm, American rock drummer, guitarist, songwriter (The Lemonheads), lawyer, and record executive (Rounder Records), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Mar 24 Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, Fla, tennis player (Virginia Slims of Ark 1987)
  • Mar 24 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (with partner Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 25 Debi Thomas, American figure skater (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • Mar 25 Matthew Barney, American media artist
  • Mar 25 Doug Stanhope, American comedian
  • Mar 26 Mark Carroll, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Mar 27 Jaime Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • Mar 27 Talisa Soto, American actress (License to Kill), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 27 Tom Hammonds, American NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Mar 27 Paul Adams, American celebrity
  • Mar 28 David Lang, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Loma Linda, California
  • Mar 28 Ed[ward] Grose, Juneau Alaska, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 28 Shawn Boskie, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Hawthorne, Nevada
  • Mar 29 Brian Jordan, American baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 29 Jerry Olsavsky, American NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Mar 29 John Popper, American blues rock singer and harmonica player (Blues Traveler - "Run Around"), born in Chardon, Ohio
  • Mar 30 Julie Richardson, New Zealand tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 30 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress, singer (Give A Reason), and lyricist, born in Kita Tokyo, Japan
  • Mar 31 Nanci Bowen, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1995), born in Tifton, Georgia

Famous Weddings

Alice Walker

Mar 17 "The Color Purple" novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal (23) in New York City; divorce in 1976

Elvin Hayes

Mar 26 NBA forward Elvin Hayes (21) weds college sweetheart Erna Livingston


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Gordon Harker, British actor (Facts of Love, Champagne, Inspector Hornleigh), dies at 81
  • Mar 2 José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
  • Mar 3 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 4 Vladan Desnica, Croatian and Serbian writer (b. 1905)
  • Mar 4 Michel Plancherel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1885)
  • Mar 5 Mischa Auer [Ounskowsky], Russian actor (My Man Godfrey), dies from a heart attack at 61

Mohammad Mosaddegh

Mar 5 Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran (1951-53) who was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the CIA and the British SIS, dies at 84

  • Mar 5 Georges Vanier, French Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • Mar 6 Oscar Shaw, actor (Rhythm on the River, Marianne), dies at 76
  • Mar 6 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Alice B. Toklas, American-Parisian avant-garde and companion to Gertrude Stein, dies at 89
  • Mar 8 John F Bothwell, actor (Freckles-Our Gang), dies at 46
  • Mar 8 Herman "Ivory" Chittison, American jazz pianist (Harlem Rhythm Makers), dies at 58
  • Mar 10 Yiorgos Batis, Greek composer and rebetiko musician, dies at about 82
  • Mar 11 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Sir Frank Worrell, West Indian cricket batsman and captain (51 Tests @ 49.48; 9 x 100s), dies from leukemia at 42
  • Mar 14 Paul Faucher, French author and pioneering children's publisher (Père Castor), dies at 68
  • Mar 16 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 17 Frank Wisbar, German director (Fireside Theater), dies at 67
  • Mar 17 Richard Reeves, American character actor (The Adventures of Superman; Date With an Angel), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 54
  • Mar 18 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • Mar 19 Alfred Judson Force Moody, US Army Brigadier General, WWII veteran dies of a heart attack at 49; 1st US Army General to die in Vietnam
  • Mar 23 Duncan Macrae, Scottish actor (Casino Royale, The Little Kidnappers), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Marc Lavry [Levin], Latvian-Israeli composer (Emek; Independence Symphony; Song of Songs], and conductor, dies at 63 [1]
  • Mar 25 Renato Cellini, Italian conductor (b.c.1913)
  • Mar 27 Gerardus H de Vet, the Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67), dies at 49
  • Mar 27 Jim Thompson, American designer (disappeared) (b. 1906)
  • Mar 27 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), dies at 69
  • Mar 30 Jean Toomer, American writer (b. 1894)
  • Mar 31 Don Alvarado [Jose Page], American actor (Captain Thunder, Morning Glory, Big Steal), dies from cancer at 66
  • Mar 31 Hieronim Feicht, composer, dies at 72