On This Day

What Happened in March 1969

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 After 88 weeks the Beatles' album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band drops off the charts

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Mar 1 Jim Morrison allegedly exposes himself on stage at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

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Mar 1 New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle announces his retirement due to persistent knee injuries; finishes 18-season career with 536 home runs and .298 batting average

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 1 Phil Esposito has a goal and assist in Boston Bruins' 8-5 win over NY Rangers to give him 99 points for the season, breaking the NHL record for most points in a season (97) held by Stan Mikita

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 1 Tuesdee Testa becomes the first female jockey to win a race at a major American Thoroughbred track when she takes out the 3rd race at Santa Anita Park aboard Buz On
  • Mar 2 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
  • Mar 2 Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die)

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Mar 2 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 14th Symphony

  • Mar 2 Boston center Phil Esposito becomes first player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season when he scores 2 3rd-period goals in the Bruins' 4-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Mar 3 Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
  • Mar 4 London East End gang bosses twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
  • Mar 5 Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
  • Mar 5 Gustav Heinemann elected President of West Germany
  • Mar 5 Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London

  • Mar 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 8 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 10 James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 12 120 cannabis joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home
  • Mar 13 Apollo 9 returns to Earth
  • Mar 14 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14 Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 15 US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
  • Mar 15 Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute leaves 100s dead
  • Mar 16 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Mar 16 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • Mar 16 Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155

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Mar 17 Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th Prime Minister, the first and only female to hold the office

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • Mar 18 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Mar 19 British invade Anguilla
  • Mar 19 Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
  • Mar 19 The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.

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Mar 20 Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila is paralysed in an auto-accident near Addis Ababa

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • Mar 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

  • Mar 22 "Billy" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Mar 22 "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Mar 22 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72; Bruins' 3-peat; center Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for 3rd consecutive year
  • Mar 23 Rally for Decency in Miami
  • Mar 24 Francis Turner is sworn in as the director of the Federal Highway Administration
  • Mar 25 Andes Pact signed in Peru

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Mar 25 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 25 Pakistan General Agha Mohammed Jagja Khan succeeds Ayub Chan as president

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Mar 25 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting, loyalists in Northern Ireland are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on 30 November 1968

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • Mar 26 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • Mar 26 Nuclear reactor Dodewaard Neth goes into use
  • Mar 26 Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched
  • Mar 27 Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston
  • Mar 27 Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Mar 28 Pope Paul VI names JGM Willebrands cardinal

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • Mar 28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece
  • Mar 29 Communist New People's Army founded in the Philippines
  • Mar 29 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty Sr. aboard 100/9 chance Highland Wedding wins by 12 lengths from Steel Bridge
  • Mar 29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • Mar 30 Loyalists bomb water and electricity installations in Northern Ireland in the hope that the attacks would be blamed on the IRA and on elements of the civil rights movement, which was demanding an end to discrimination against Catholics

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Mar 31 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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Mar 31 "The New York Times" reviews "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut on its publication saying ""you'll either love it, or push it back in the science-fiction corner"

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Vincenzo Esposito, Italian basketball guard and coach (2× Italian League MVP 1999, 2000; 3× Italian League Top Scorer 1999–2001; NBA: Toronto Raptors), born in Caserta, Campania, Italy
  • Mar 1 Javier Bardem, Spanish actor
  • Mar 1 Dafydd Ieuan, Welsh drummer (Super Furry Animals)
  • Mar 3 Ronald Humphrey, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Mar 3 Simon Whitlock, Australian darts player (European C'ship 2012; PDC World C'ship 2010 runner-up), born in Cessnock, Australia
  • Mar 4 Chaz Bono [Chastity Sun Bono], American actress (Sonny & Cher Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Jeff Tinsley, Shelbyville KY, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Mar 4 Karrie Poppinga, Manhattan Beach Ca, volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4-95)
  • Mar 4 Kenneth Benson, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Mar 4 Pierluigi Casiraghi, Italian football manager
  • Mar 4 Frank Nicotero, American comedian
  • Mar 4 Patrick Roach, Canadian actor
  • Mar 4 Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
  • Mar 5 Moussa Saïb, former Algerian footballer
  • Mar 5 Paul Blackthorne, British actor
  • Mar 5 MC Solaar, French rapper
  • Mar 6 Andrea Elson, American actress (Lynn-Alf, Alice-Whiz Kids), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 6 Deems May, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 6 Greg Scott, British TV personality
  • Mar 7 Anne Marie Lauck, American marathoner (Olympics 10th 1996), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 7 Anthony Davis, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • Mar 7 Brian Jamieson, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Geoff Smith, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Edmonton
  • Mar 7 Matt Blundin, American quarterback (KC Chiefs, Detroit Lions), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 7 Sam Gash, American NFL running back (New England Patriots), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Mar 7 Shin Ae Ra, Korean actress and radio DJ, born in South Korea
  • Mar 8 Andrea Parker, actress (Miss Parker-The Pretender)
  • Mar 9 George Nimako, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts), born in Napean, Ontario
  • Mar 9 Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Mar 10 Ricky Seagall, American actor and singer (The Partridge Family), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 10 Stephen Leaney, Australian golfer (US Open 2003 runner-up), born in Busselton, West Australia
  • Mar 10 Paget Brewster, American actress
  • Mar 11 Rami Jaffee, American musician (keyboardist for The Foo Fighters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 11 Dan Lacroix, NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 11 John Fina, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 11 Terrence Howard, American actor
  • Mar 11 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)
  • Mar 12 Graham Coxon, singer (Blur)
  • Mar 12 J P Izquierdo, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 12 Karen Snelgrove, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Mar 12 Muhammad Oliver, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Mar 12 Jake Tapper, American journalist
  • Mar 13 Chris Zorich, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 13 Kevin Kaminski, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Churchbridge, Canada
  • Mar 14 Greg Biekert, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 14 Larry Johnson, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks)
  • Mar 14 Laura Leighton, actress (Sydney-Melrose Place, Other Woman)
  • Mar 14 Ty[rel] Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 15 Louis Riddick, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Rona Ambrose, Canadian politician
  • Mar 15 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • Mar 15 Kim Raver, American actress
  • Mar 15 Gianluca Festa, Italian footballer
  • Mar 15 Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • Mar 16 Ottis Gibson, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI 1995)
  • Mar 16 Pat Harlow, NFL tackle (NE Patriots, Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 16 Steve Israel, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, New England Patriots)
  • Mar 17 Andrew McMarlin, Vienna VA, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 17 Domenic "Filane" Figliomeni, Terrace Bay Ontario, boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 17 Gilbert Schaller, Bruck Austria, tennis star
  • Mar 17 [Lee] Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, born in London (d. 2010)
  • Mar 18 Michael Dumas, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Mar 18 Shaun Udal, cricketer (Hants off-spinner, England to Aust 1994-95)
  • Mar 18 Sheila Taormina, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 18 Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess player
  • Mar 19 Arjan Vermeulen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Mar 19 Michael Bergin, model (Coca-Cola) and actor
  • Mar 19 Scott Alexander Brownlee, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Mar 19 Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter
  • Mar 19 Connor Trinneer, American actor
  • Mar 20 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Mar 20 Konstantine Starikovitch, Podolsk Russia, 238lbs US weightlift (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 20 Thang Thanh Nguyen, Soc Trang Vietnam, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • Mar 20 Mannie Fresh, American producer
  • Mar 21 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • Mar 22 Darrell Russell, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 22 Russell Maryland, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys, Oak Raiders)
  • Mar 24 Yoko Zetterlund, volleyball setter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 25 Dale Davis, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • Mar 25 Dan Wilson, catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 25 Guy Newman, Australian water polo goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 25 Scott Sanders, Hannibal MO, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Mar 25 Cathy Dennis, English singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Mar 26 Luke Richardson, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 26 Vikram Rathour, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1996-)
  • Mar 27 Tom Beer, American NFL running back (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 27 Kevin Corrigan, American actor (Grounded for Life-Uncle Eddie), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 27 Pauley Perrette, American actress, photographer, poet and writer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 28 Craig Paquette, infielder (KC Royals), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 28 Earnest Stewart, American soccer player (Willem II), born in Veghel, Netherlands
  • Mar 28 Elliot Perry, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 28 Scottie Graham, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Long Beach, New York
  • Mar 28 James Atkin, rocker (EMF-Unbelievable), born in Birmingham
  • Mar 28 Brett Ratner, American film director (Rush Hour), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • Mar 28 Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter (Honesty), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 29 Jeff Blackshear, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Mar 29 Jimmy Spencer, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Mar 29 Kai Nurminen, Finnish ice hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Turku, Finland
  • Mar 29 Kim Batten, American athlete 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), born in McRae, Georgia
  • Mar 30 Marco Foddis, pop drummer (Pestilence)

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 8 12 year old Marcella Rosciglione becomes Italy's youngest bride in Palermo after Catholic Church gives special permission after she eloped

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 8 CEO of McDonald's Ray Kroc (66) weds philanthropist Joan Mansfield (40)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 12 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 20 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 6 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 9 Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
  • Mar 9 Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Mar 11 John Wyndham, American sci-fi author (Chrysalids), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-American painter (1964 Arts & Letters), dies at 70
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), commits suicide at 43
  • Mar 19 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 20 Henri Longchambon, French politician, dies at 72
  • Mar 21 Gerhard Fritsch, Austrian writer, dies at 44
  • Mar 22 Ernst Deutsch [Dorian], Jewish-Austrian actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Rudolf Pannwitz, German writer and philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • Mar 24 Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • Mar 25 Alan Mowbray, British actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 25 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, dies at 69
  • Mar 26 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistance fighter, dies at 66
  • Mar 27 B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 28 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), dies during Le Mans testing accident at 34