On This Day

What Happened in March 1970

Historical Events

Album Release

Mar 1 Charles Manson's album "Lie" is released

  • Mar 1 End of US commercial whale hunting
  • Mar 1 Kreisky's social democrats win Austrian parliamentary election
  • Mar 1 Minnesota coach Charlie Burns becomes the final player/coach in NHL history, when he plays in the North Stars' 8-0 win over Toronto Maple Leafs; remains in role for final month of the season

Sports History

Mar 1 Boston's Bobby Orr becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score 25 goals in a season during a 3-1 Bruins win over the visiting St. Louis Blues

  • Mar 2 White government of Rhodesia declares itself a republic
  • Mar 2 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  • Mar 2 Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years

Album Release

Mar 2 Reprise Records releases "Ladies of the Canyon", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 3rd studio album

  • Mar 4 French submarine "Eurydice" explodes off Cape Camarat in the Mediterranean, all 57 crew lost
  • Mar 4 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
  • Mar 4 NY Rangers set then NHL record of 126 games without being shut-out
  • Mar 5 Edison Theater opens at 240 W 47th St NYC
  • Mar 5 Nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect
  • Mar 5 SDS Weathermen terrorist group bomb 18 West 11th St in NYC
  • Mar 5 Dubnium atoms are first detected conclusively.

Film Release

Mar 5 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released

  • Mar 6 Beatles release single "Let it Be" in UK
  • Mar 6 A Catholic man is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Mar 7 Ice Dance Championship at Ljubljana won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at Ljubljana won by Rodnina & Ulanov (URS)
  • Mar 7 Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Ljubljana won by Gabriele Seyfert (GDR)
  • Mar 7 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ljubljana won by Tim Wood (USA)
  • Mar 7 WXOW TV channel 19 in La Crosse, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 7 17th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats South Carolina, 42-39 (2 OT)
  • Mar 8 WTCI TV channel 45 in Chattanooga, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music Recording

Mar 10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It"

  • Mar 10 South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia
  • Mar 10 Members of the Stormont Parliament of Northern Ireland given police protection

Grammy Awards

Mar 11 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius; Crosby Stills & Nash; Peggy Lee win

  • Mar 11 Iraqi Ba'th Party recognizes Kurd nation
  • Mar 12 US lowers voting age from 21 to 18
  • Mar 13 100 year Beehive anniversary ends in brawl in Amsterdam
  • Mar 13 Digital Equipment Corp introduces PDP-11 minicomputer
  • Mar 13 San Francisco city employees begin 4-day strike
  • Mar 15 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
  • Mar 15 Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan
  • Mar 16 Oxford University Press and Cambridge University press co-publish The Old Testament of the New English Bible, and Complete New English Bible, incorporating the New Testament first published in 1961
  • Mar 16 WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville, Indiana (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17 Peter O'Malley becomes CEO of LA Dodgers
  • Mar 17 US casts their 1st UN Security Council veto (Support England)
  • Mar 18 Cambodia military coup under General Lon Nol, Prince Sihanuk flees
  • Mar 18 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • Mar 18 NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
  • Mar 18 Two-week US postal strike begins; it is against the government and is the largest wildcat strike in US history
  • Mar 18 Five Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs), including William Craig and Harry West, are expelled from the Unionist Parliamentary Party, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 19 W German chancellor & E German premier meet
  • Mar 21 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville, 80-69; Bruins' 4th straight title under coach John Wooden
  • Mar 21 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • Mar 21 1st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Mar 21 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing "All Kinds of Everything" in Amsterdam
  • Mar 22 "Blood Red Roses" opens & closes at John Golden Theater NYC
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 23 "Hello Darlin'" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1970)
  • Mar 24 Dutch cartoonist Frans Piet ends "Sjors & Sjimmie" strip
  • Mar 25 Concorde makes its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH/1,127 KPH)

Music Premiere

Mar 26 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

  • Mar 26 500th nuclear explosion announced by the US since 1945
  • Mar 26 Golden Gate Park Conservatory made San Francisco city landmark
  • Mar 26 Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) pleads guilty to "taking immoral liberties" with a 14 year old girl and serves 3 months in prison; granted a presidential pardon in 1981
  • Mar 26 The Police (Northern Ireland) Act becomes law; the act provides for the disarmament of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the establishment of an RUC reserve force

Album Release

Mar 27 Ringo Starr releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey"

  • Mar 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 28 1,086 die when 7.4 quake destroys 254 villages in Gediz Turkey
  • Mar 29 "Look to the Lilies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Mar 29 Manchester City of England win 10th European Cup Winner's Cup against Górnik Zabrze of Poland 2-1 in Vienna

Album Release

Mar 30 Miles Davis's influential double album "Bitches Brew" released

  • Mar 30 Soap opera "Another World in Somerset" premieres on NBC, running through 1976
  • Mar 30 Strouse, Adams, Comden & Green's musical "Applause", an adaptation of the 1950 film "All About Eve", starring Lauren Bacall, opens at the Palace Theatre, NYC; runs for 896 performances, and wins 4 Tony and 3 Drama Desk Awards
  • Mar 30 USSR wins its 8th straight world hockey championship
  • Mar 31 Federal bankruptcy court allows Seattle Pilots to be sold to Milwaukee
  • Mar 31 Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit
  • Mar 31 Following an Orange Order parade, intense riots erupt on the Springfield Road in Belfast; violence lasts for three days, and the British Army use CS gas for the first time in large quantities

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Yolanda Griffith, American Women's Basketball Hall of Fame center (Olympic gold 2000, 04; WNBA Finals MVP 2005, Sacramento Monarchs; 8 × WNBA All-Star), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 2 Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland
  • Mar 2 Ciriaco Sforza, Swiss soccer midfielder (79 caps; Grasshopper Club Zürich, Internazionale, FC Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich) and manager (Grasshoppers, FC Wil), born in Wohlen, Switzerland
  • Mar 3 Donovan Bergstrom, US 3K steeplechase runner
  • Mar 3 Inzamam-ul-Haq, cricketer (dashing Pakistani batsman)
  • Mar 3 Kristine Radford, Australian tennis star (1996 ITF/Lyneham), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Mar 3 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 3 Scott Keswick, Nevada, gymnast (Coca-Cola-1st-94, Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 4 Dave Stevens, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1994-2000 (Minnesota Twins, and 3 other teams), born in Fullerton, California
  • Mar 4 Marja Helena Paluila, Finnish ice hockey player (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Oulu, Finland
  • Mar 5 John Frusciante, American rock guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Zephyr Song"), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 5 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 Amy Pietz, actress (Annie-Caroline In the City), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 6 Robbie Tobeck, NFL guard/center (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 6 Scott Stahoviak, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Mar 7 James 'Jim' Spivey, American middle-distance runner, born in Schiller Park, Illinois

Rachel Weisz

Mar 7 Rachel Weisz, English actress (The Mummy, The Constant Gardener), born in London, England

  • Mar 8 Harry Decheiver, soccer player (RKC)
  • Mar 8 Jason Elam, NFL kicker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Mar 8 Rhett Harty, Pasedena CA, US soccer player (Olympic-92)
  • Mar 8 Vadim Bekboulatov, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 9 Melissa Rathburn-Nealy, US soldier (Iraqi POW)
  • Mar 10 Antonio Edwards, American NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Moultrie, Georgia
  • Mar 10 Matt Barlow, American heavy metal vocalist (Ashes of Ares; Iced Earth; Pyramaze), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Mar 10 Peter Wright, Scottish darts player (PDC World Champion 2020, 22), born in Livingston, Scotland
  • Mar 11 Delia Gallagher, American journalist
  • Mar 12 Michael Bankston, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Mar 12 Rex Walters, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat)
  • Mar 12 Rod Smith, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Mar 12 Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher
  • Mar 12 Roy Khan [Khantatat], Norwegian symphonic metal singer (Kamelot, 1997-2011; Conception, since 2018), born in Norway
  • Mar 12 John Nemechek, American NASCAR driver (d. 1997)
  • Mar 13 Tim Story, American film director and producer (The Story Company), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 13 Michael Arrington, American founder of blog TechCrunch, born in Orange, California
  • Mar 14 Meredith Salenger, American actress (Dream a Little Dream, The Kiss), born in Malibu, California
  • Mar 14 Ebru Kavaklıoğlu, Russian athlete
  • Mar 15 Chris Dalman, NFL guard/center (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 15 Diego Nargiso, tennis pro, born in Naples, Italy
  • Mar 15 Eric Castle, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 15 Paul Kruse, Merritt, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • Mar 16 Kelli James, American field hockey forward (Olympics, 1996), born in Medford, New Jersey
  • Mar 17 Shannan Mitchem, American infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Mar 18 Michael Rapaport, actor (Zak-Zebrahead)

Queen Latifah

Mar 18 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 18 Sarah Thorsett, Winona Minn, 1.5k runner
  • Mar 19 Errol Refos, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Mar 19 Janne Laukenen, Lahti FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Senators)
  • Mar 19 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 19 Sean Fleming, CFL kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 20 Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 20 Ron George, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 20 Todd Burger, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 22 Jason Rouser, American 200m/400m runner, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Mar 22 Travis Richards, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Crystal, Minnesota
  • Mar 22 Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • Mar 22 Leontien van Moorsel, Dutch cyclist (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Boekel, Netherlands
  • Mar 23 Carl Pickens, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Mar 23 Turhon O'Bannon, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Mar 24 Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
  • Mar 24 Marques Bragg, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mar 24 Mike Vanderjagt, CFL kicker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Mar 24 Shannon Lemora, Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1.5k runner
  • Mar 24 Judith Draxler, Austrian swimmer
  • Mar 24 Sharon Corr, Irish celtic pop-rock violinist (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
  • Mar 24 Pasemaster Mase [Vincent Mason], American rapper (De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 25 Magnus Larsson, Swedish tennis star
  • Mar 25 Shawn Antoski, Brantford, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Mar 26 Evan Richards, American actor (Frankie-Mama Malone), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 26 Paul Bosvelt, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles/FC Twente), born in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • Mar 26 Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright, screenwriter and film director (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), born in London, England
  • Mar 27 Anthony Prior, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 27 Corey Page, Australian actor (Richard Wilkins-Loving/City), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mar 27 Ed Philion, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Mar 27 Brendan Hill, American drummer (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), born in London, England
  • Mar 27 Princess Leila Pahlavi of Iran, youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2001)
  • Mar 27 Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress (Lost), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 28 James Johnson, American NFL/WLAF running back (Tampa Bucs, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Mar 28 Jason B Gailes, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Dighton, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Shawn Price, NFL defensive end (GB Packers, Car Panthers, Buf Bills), born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles

Vince Vaughn

Mar 28 Vince Vaughn, American actor (Swingers, Wedding Crashers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Mar 28 Michelle Gildernew, Irish republican politician
  • Mar 30 Mark Consuelos, American actor (All My Children, 1996-1001,2010 -"Mateo Santos"), and husband of Kelly Ripa, born in Zaragosa, Spain


Mar 30 Secretariat, American thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown, 1973), born in Caroline County, Virginia (d. 1989)

Famous Weddings

Phil Hartman

Mar 12 Actor Phil Hartman (21) weds first wife Gretchen Lewis

David Bowie

Mar 20 British snger David Bowie (23) weds British model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; divorce in 1980

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Ed Hoornik, Dutch writer & poet (Na jaren), dies at 59
  • Mar 1 Lucille Hegamin, American singer & entertainer, dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)
  • Mar 2 Paul Christman, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (University of Missouri; All-Pro 1946, 47; Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 6 William Hopper, American actor (Perry Mason, The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause), dies of pneumonia following a stroke at 55
  • Mar 10 Vasilis Avlonitis, Greek actor (b. 1904)
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • Mar 15 Josef Martin Bauer, writer, dies at 68
  • Mar 15 Tarjei Vesaas, Nowegian poet and author (Isslottet), dies at 72
  • Mar 16 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), dies at 61
  • Mar 16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need; with Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain High Enough), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • Mar 16 Mary Ann Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"), dies of a drug overdose at 22
  • Mar 17 Fernand Crommelynck, Belgian playwright (Chaud et Frois), dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Marlen Haushofer, Austrian writer (The Wall), dies at 49
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • Mar 23 Del Lord, Canadian director (b. 1894)
  • Mar 26 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist, dies at 76
  • Mar 29 Anna Louise Strong, American communist journalist (b. 1885)
  • Mar 30 Heinrich Brüning, German politician and Chancellor of Germany (1930-32), dies at 84
  • Mar 31 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WWII), dies at 75