What Happened in March 1968

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Mar 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" first performed as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London

  • Mar 1 High winds blow-off the Philadelphia Spectrum's roof, forcing the Flyers to play their final month of the NHL season on the road, with home games moved to Toronto, NYC and Quebec City
  • Mar 1 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
  • Mar 2 19 year-old American Peggy Fleming wins her 3rd consecutive World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Geneva, Switzerland; announces her retirement, turns professional and eventually goes into broadcasting
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world, with a cargo compartment 37m long
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague

Sports History

Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

Sports History

Mar 3 Jean Béliveau (Montreal) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

  • Mar 3 Pirate station "Radio Caroline" goes off the air when its ships Mi Amigo and Caroline are boarded and seized before the day's broadcasting began

Music Awards

Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

Sports History

Mar 4 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 4 Joe Frazier takes his record to 20-0 and captures vacant world heavyweight boxing title; stops Buster Mathis in 11th round TKO at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Historic Event

Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 7 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • Mar 8 Bill Graham's New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese and communist Laotion troops overrun a secret US radar facility, Lima Site 85, on a Laos mountaintop
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting

Music History

Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet

Music Single

Mar 11 Otis Redding is the first person in the US to posthumously receive gold record for his single "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

  • Mar 12 Indian Ocean island nation Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Beatles release single "Lady Madonna" in the UK
  • Mar 13 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah, kills 6,000 sheep
  • Mar 14 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")

Historic Event

Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns after having a drunken row with Prime Minister Harold Wilson

  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri

Music History

Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado
  • Mar 16 My Lai massacre occurs when American soldiers kill ~400 unarmed Vietnamese civilians, in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War

Historic Event

Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations

Television Debut

Mar 17 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

  • Mar 18 US Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 18 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 Howard University, Washington, D.C., students seize administration building

Historic Event

Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases

Historic Event

Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mário Soares banished to Sao Tomé, having been arrested by secret police under dictator António de Oliveira Salazar

  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off San Francisco cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats North Carolina, 78-55; Bruins back-to-back titles; Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd of 3 consecutive years
  • Mar 23 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 14-9 win over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff; first Grand Slam victory for France

Album Release

Mar 23 Reprise Records releases "Song To A Seagull", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's debut studio album

  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC
  • Mar 25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco

Historic Event

Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie (Maryland) State College
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: 20-year old Brian Fletcher aboard 100/7 chance Red Alligator rides the first of 3 GN victories
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • Mar 31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces in an address to the nation that he will not seek re-election
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes a troop surge in Vietnam, bringing the total number of US soldiers to a peak of 549,500

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Salil Ankola, Indian cricket pace bowler (1 Test; 20 ODIs), born in Solapur, Maharashtra, India

Daniel Craig

Mar 2 Daniel Craig, English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester, England

  • Mar 3 Brian Cox, English physicist and musician (BBC Wonders of... series), born in Oldham, England
  • Mar 3 Brian Leetch, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NY Rangers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Mar 3 Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, alpine skier (Olympic gold/silver-92), born in Warsaw, New York
  • Mar 3 Scott Radinsky, Simi Valley CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Mar 4 Dinky van Rensburg, South African tennis player
  • Mar 4 Dionna Harris, American softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 4 Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Mar 4 James Lankford, American politician (Senator-R-Oklahoma 2015-, Rep-R-Oklahoma 2011-15), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 4 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • Mar 4 Patsy Kensit, English actress (Lethal Weapon 2, Hanover St), born in London, England
  • Mar 5 Marq Mellor, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 5 Roman Phifer, linebacker (Los Angeles/St Louis Rams), born in Plattsburgh, New York
  • Mar 5 Shjon Podein, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 6 Carla McGhee, American basketball forward (Olympic gold, 1996), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Mar 6 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • Mar 6 Moira Kelly, actress (Cutting Edge)
  • Mar 7 Jeff Kent, American MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in Bellflower, California
  • Mar 7 Ricky Proehl, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears), born in New York City
  • Mar 8 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • Mar 8 Ellen Forney, American cartoonist
  • Mar 8 Jim Dougherty, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Michael Bartels, German race car driver
  • Mar 8 Rob Zettler, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 8 Shawn Mullins, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Lullabye"), born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Mar 9 Johnny Kelly, American drummer (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 9 Youri Djorkaeff, French footballer, born in Lyon, France
  • Mar 10 Felice Arena, Australian children's author (Specky Magee), born in Kyabram, Australia
  • Mar 10 Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament
  • Mar 11 Lisa Loeb, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Stay (I Missed You)"), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Mar 12 Aaron Eckhart, American actor (Thank You or Smoking), born in Cupertino, California
  • Mar 12 Merton Hanks, American NFL safety, 1991-99, 4X-Pro Bowl (San Francisco 49ers; Seattle Seahawks), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 12 Tammy Duckworth, Thai-American politician (US Senator from Illinois (D), 2017-; US Representarive from Illinois, 2013-17), and, former US National Guard Lieutenant Colonel, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Mar 13 Christopher Collett, American actor (Manhattan Project), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Megan Follows, Canadian actress (Chase, Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Onario
  • Mar 15 John Tardy, American heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • Mar 15 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • Mar 15 Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • Mar 15 Mark McGrath, American rock singer (Sugar Ray - "Every Morning"), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 15 Sabrina [Salerno], Miss Italy (1984)/singer (Boys), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Mar 15 Terje Riis-Johansen, Norwegian politician
  • Mar 16 Ananya Khare, Indian actress and teacher
  • Mar 16 Jason van Blerk, Australian soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 17 Judy Mosley McAfee, American basketball player (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 18 Eudes, duc d'Angoulême, French prince
  • Mar 18 Pat Terrell, NFL strong safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Mar 18 Paul Marsden, British writer, politician (Member of Parliament, 1997-2005), and businessman, born in Frodsham, Cheshire, England
  • Mar 18 Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • Mar 19 Liam Jewell, kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Mots'eoa Senyane, Lesotho diplomat
  • Mar 19 Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 20 Eric Viscaal, Dutch soccer star (PSV/AA Gent)
  • Mar 20 Ultra Naté, American musician (If You Could Read My Mind), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • Mar 21 DJ Premier (Preemo), hip hop producer
  • Mar 21 Erwin Vanderbroeck, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Mar 21 Jeff Lazaro, Waltham Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994)
  • Mar 21 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 21 Scott Williams, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 21 Vincent Courtois, French classically trained jazz cellist, born in Paris, France
  • Mar 22 Euronymous [Øystein Aarseth], Norwegian black-metal guitaits and producer (Mayhem), born in Surnadal, Norway (d. 1993)
  • Mar 22 Ramón Martínez, Dominican baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1990; pitched no-hitter 1995 LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 23 Atul Wassan, cricketer (Indian pace bowler 1989-90)
  • Mar 23 Curtis Mayfield, Canadian CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1996-99), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 23 Damon Albarn, English rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Blur - "Girls & Boys"; "Country House"; Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"; "Feels Good, Inc."), born in Whitechapel, London
  • Mar 23 David Maeva, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Mar 23 Fernando Hierro, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 23 Mark Maddox, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 23 Mike Atherton, cricketer (Lancashire batsman & England captain)
  • Mar 23 Mitch Cullin, American novelist (A Slight Trick of the Mind), born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Mar 25 Dixon Edwards, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 25 Errol Martin, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 25 Peter Blackburn, Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 26 Edward Kaminski, American javelin thrower, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Mar 26 James Iha, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Smashing Pumpkins; A Perfect Circle), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Jose Vizcaino, MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 26 Kenny Chesney, American country music singer ("Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 26 Laurent Brochard, French cyclist, born in Le Mans, France
  • Mar 26 Mike Trevathan, American CFL slot back (BC Lions), born in Redondo Beach, California
  • Mar 26 Shane Reynolds, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Bastrop, Louisiana
  • Mar 27 Irina Belova, Russian heptathlete (world record 1992), born in Angarsk, Russia
  • Mar 27 Stacey Kent, American jazz singer (Breakfast On The Morning Tram), born in South Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 28 Iris Chang, American author and journalist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • Mar 28 Jon Lee, Welsh drummer (Feeder), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2002)
  • Mar 28 Max Perlich, American actor (JH Brodie-Homicide), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 28 Nasser Hussain, English cricketer (Essex & England batsman), born in Chennai, India
  • Mar 28 Teee Williams, volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 28 Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter (Soccer AM with Helen Chamberlain), born in Northwood, London
  • Mar 29 Chris Calloway, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 29 James O. Williams, American NFL tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Lucy Lawless

Mar 29 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • Mar 29 Sue Foley, Canadian blues singer and guitarist, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Celine Dion

Mar 30 Celine Dion, Canadian singer ("My Heart Will Go On"; "The Power Of Love"; "Tell Him"), born in Charlemagne, Quebec

  • Mar 30 Donna D'Errico, American actress (Baywatch) and Playboy playmate (Sep, 1995), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • Mar 31 Brett Deubner, American violist, born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 31 Naoya Ogawa, Japanese professional wrestler

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Mar 1 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Maureen O'Hara

Mar 12 Actress Maureen O'Hara (47) marries third husband aviator Charles F. Blair Jr. (58)

Joan Baez

Mar 26 American folk singer and activist Joan Baez (27) weds American journalist and peace activist David Harris (22) in New York City; divorce in 1973


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Georg von der Vring, German painter & writer (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • Mar 4 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 6 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Helen Walker, American actress (Brewster's Million, Lucky Jordan), dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 14 Erwin Panofsky, German-American art historian and iconologist, dies
  • Mar 16 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 16 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Manuel Gómez Carrillo, Argentine composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • Mar 23 Edwin O'Connor, American writer (The Edge of Sadness - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1962), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 49
  • Mar 24 Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director who was the first woman to direct a film (The Fairy of the Cabbages), dies at 94
  • Mar 24 Howard Petrie, American actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • Mar 25 Douglas Evans, American actor (At War with the Army, South Pacific Trail), dies at 64

Yuri Gagarin

Mar 27 Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), dies in a Mig-15 plane crash at 34

  • Mar 30 Bobby Driscoll, American Academy Juvenile Award-winning actor (Song Of The South; The Window), dies of heart failure at 31 [date reflects discovery of his body in a deserted NYC tenement]
  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)