What Happened in March 1971

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • Mar 3 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles

Historic Event

Mar 3 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa

  • Mar 4 "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey

Music Premiere

Mar 5 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

Sports History

Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar versus West Indies at Port-of-Spain; 125 Tests, 10,122 runs @ 51.12; 34 Test centuries

  • Mar 7 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire
  • Mar 8 Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man killed; result of feud between two wings of the IRA developing since the split in 1970

Sinatra Snaps the Fight of the Century

Mar 8 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century"

  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 8 Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Mar 9 J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 9 Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response
  • Mar 10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 10 US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18

Music History

Mar 11 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to re-orient himself emotionally and creatively, and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami, Florida. He never returns to the US.

Election of Interest

Mar 12 Hafez al-Assad consolidates power in Syria by installing himself as President

  • Mar 12 The Allman Brothers Band record their live album "Live at Fillmore East" on this date and the following day
  • Mar 12 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 12 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51
  • Mar 13 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins her 10th Australian singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong 2-6, 7-6, 7-5

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Mar 14 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall of Australia beats American defending champion Arthur Ashe 6-1, 7-5, 6-3; first man to win an Open era Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set

  • Mar 14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos

Music History

Mar 14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

  • Mar 15 Chatrooms make their debut on ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet
  • Mar 16 13th Grammy Awards: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Carpenters win
  • Mar 16 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting

Meeting of Interest

Mar 16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward Heath to discuss the security situation in Northern Ireland

  • Mar 17 Government of Trygve Bratteli takes office in Norway
  • Mar 18 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-80 in 2nd half enroute to a 147-127 victory
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game

Historic Event

Mar 20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government

  • Mar 21 Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar scores first of his 34 Test Cricket centuries; 116 in drawn 3rd Test at Georgetown, Guyana
  • Mar 21 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 21 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 23 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 24 Serge Gainsbourg releases his concept album "Histoire de Melody Nelson"
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 25 European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Historic Event

Mar 25 James Callaghan speaks at a rally of the Northern Ireland labour movement, but rejects calls for the Labour Party to open membership to those living in N. Ireland

Music History

Mar 25 Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

  • Mar 26 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings
  • Mar 26 "Cannon" starring William Conrad as a private detective premieres on CBS-TV; airs for 5 seasons

Historic Event

Mar 26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares its independence from Pakistan

  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova, 68-62; UCLA's 5th consecutive title; Villanova later disqualified, ineligible player Howard Porter
  • Mar 27 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast
  • Mar 27 Wales clinches its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship, 6th Grand Slam and 12th Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • Mar 28 25th Tony Awards: "Sleuth" (Best Play) & "Company" (Best Musical, Original Score, Director) win

Film & TV History

Mar 28 Last original edition of "The Ed Sullivan Show" broadcasts on CBS-TV

  • Mar 29 1st Lt William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre
  • Mar 29 Chile president Allende nationalizes banks/copper mines
  • Mar 29 Conrad Van Emde Boas becomes West Europe's 1st sexology professor
  • Mar 29 Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced
  • Mar 29 WSVN (now WSBN) TV channel 47 in Norton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 31 South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion
  • Mar 31 William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Allen Johnson, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1995, 97, 2001, 03), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Ma Dong-seok [Don Lee], South Korean American actor (Train to Busan), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Mar 1 Tyler Hamilton, American road cyclist (only American to win one of the five Monuments of cycling; Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2003), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • Mar 1 Zahoor Elahi, Pakistan cricket batsman (2 Tests; 14 ODIs), born in Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Mar 2 Amber Smith, actress (Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Mar 2 Dave Gorman, English documentary comedian
  • Mar 2 Elizabeth Lackey, American actress
  • Mar 3 Terryl Ulmer, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 3 Tyler Florence, American chef, Food Network personality & cookbook author, born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Mar 4 Fergal Lawler, Irish rock drummer (The Cranberries - "Linger"), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • Mar 4 Jovan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • Mar 4 Nick Stabile, American actor, born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Mar 4 Shavar Ross, American actor-turned film director, writer, film producer and editor
  • Mar 5 Brian Hunter, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1994-2003, AL stolen base leader (99) - 1997 (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and 4 other teams), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 5 Chad Fonville, American MLB baseball infielder, 1995-99 (LA Dodgers and 3 other teams), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Mar 5 Filip Meirhaeghe, Belgian mountain bike racer (2000 Olympicsm silver), born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Mar 5 José Mercedes, Dominican MLB baseball pitcher, 1994-2003 (Milwaukee Brewers, and 2 other teams), born in El Seybo, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 5 Yuri Lowenthal, American anime and cartoon actor, born in Alliance, Ohio,
  • Mar 6 Darrick Martin, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mar 6 Roger Salkeld, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 6 Sean Morley, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 7 Alison Herst, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 7 Matthew Vaughn, British producer and director (Kingsman films), born in London, England
  • Mar 7 Peter Sarsgaard, American actor (The Killing), born in St Clair, Illinois
  • Mar 8 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Mar 8 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 8 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 9 Bev Oden, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Millington, Tennessee
  • Mar 9 Diego Torres, Argentine singer (Un Mundo Diferente), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mar 9 Emmanuel Lewis, American actor (Webster), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 9 Lou Benfatti, American football player, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets), born in Green Pond, New Jersey

Jon HammJon Hamm (51 years old)

Mar 10 American actor (Mad Men - Don Draper), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Mar 10 Morris Unutoa, American NFL corner (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Torrance, California
  • Mar 10 Shad Williams, American pitcher (California Angels), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 10 Steve Arnold, British racing driver
  • Mar 11 Jiri Vykoukai, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Team Czech Republic - Olympic gold, 1998), born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 11 Johnny Knoxville [Philip Clapp], American stunt performer and actor (Jackass franchise), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 11 Liesbeth Migchelsen, Dutch soccer defender (97 caps; FFC Heike Rheine, SV Fortuna Wormerveer, AZ Alkmaar), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Mar 11 Martin Ručinský, Czech NHL left wing, 1991-2008 (Canadiens and 7 other teams; Olympic gold, 1998), born in Most, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 12 Greg Hansell, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Bellflower, California
  • Mar 12 Isaiah Rider, American NBA guard/forward (Minn Timberwolves, Port Trailblazers), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 12 Raul Mondesi, MLB outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 13 Annabeth Gish, American actress (Shag, Hiding Out), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Mar 13 Chen Li-Ling, Chinese tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin TX), born in Xiangtan, Hunan, China
  • Mar 13 Curtis Conway, American NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, SD Chargers) and broadcaster (Compass Media Networks, Pac-12 Network), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 13 Ralf Kleinmann, American football player from Germany, born in Cologne, Germany
  • Mar 13 Robert Lanham, American author and satirist (The Hipster Handbook), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 13 Robert Samuels, West Indian cricketer (West Indies Test opening batsman v NZ 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Mar 13 Ryan Hayden, American athlete, 400m hurdler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mar 13 Tony Vinson, American NFL running back, 1997-99 (Baltimore Ravens), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Mar 13 Tracy Wells, American actress (Heather-Mr Belvedere), born in Encino, Los Angeles
  • Mar 15 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 15 Penny Lancaster, English model
  • Mar 16 Alan Tudyk, American actor (Firefly; Suburgatory0,, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Mar 16 Brett Carolan, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 16 Eric Ravotti, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 16 Greg Johnson, Canadian NHL hockey center, 1994-2006 (Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators (captain 2002-06), and 2 other teams), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • Mar 17 Bill Mueller, American baseball player, born in Maryland Heights, Missouri
  • Mar 17 Katrina Colleton, American basketball player (LA Sparks), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Mar 19 Cory Fleming, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 19 Dalton James, American actor (My Father, The Hero; Beverly Hills 90201 - "Mark"), born in Sacramento, California
  • Mar 19 Kirk Botkin, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 19 Louie Debrusk, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, and three other teams), born in Cambridge, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Marty Moore, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 19 Nadja Auermann, German supermodel, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 19 Sébastien Godefroid, Belgian sailor (1996 Olympics- Silver), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Mar 19 Taase Faumui, Samoan-American NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1994-95; Oakland Raiders, 1997), born in Western Samoa
  • Mar 19 Whitney Hedgepeth, American swimmer - 100m/200m backstroke (2 Olympic silver medals 1996), born in Charlottesville, Virgina
  • Mar 20 Chad Michaels, American drag queen and Cher impersonator (RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars winner), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 20 Janis Kelly, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 20 Manny Alexander, Dominican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 20 Murray Bartlett, Australian actor (The White Lotus), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 20 Touré, American writer
  • Mar 21 Aarno Turpeinen, Finnish soccer defender (16 caps; HJK 225 games), born in Oulu, Finland (d. 2022)
  • Mar 21 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 22 Will Yun Lee, American actor, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Mar 23 Abe Laboriel, Jr, American session and touring drummer, and vocalist (Paul McCartney; k.d. lang; Sting), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 23 Alexander Selivanov, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 23 Chris Lipuma, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 23 Demetrius DuBose, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Mar 23 Gail Porter, British television presenter
  • Mar 23 Hiroyoshi Yamamoto, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Mar 23 Karen McDougal, American Playboy model (Playmate of the Year 1998), alleged affair with Donald Trump, born in Merrillville, Indiana
  • Mar 23 Yasmeen Ghauri, Canadian model (Valentino Perfume), born in Montreal, Canada
  • Mar 24 Megyn Price, American actress
  • Mar 25 Aashish Kapoor, cricketer (Indian off-spin batsman 1994- )
  • Mar 25 Andre Bolduc, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 25 Cammi Granato, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 25 Perry Klein, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, 1994-96), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 25 Sheryl Swoopes, Texas, WNBA forward (Houston Comets. Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 26 Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian zoologist and sociobiologist
  • Mar 26 Dave DeGraaf, American team handball player (Olympics, 1996), born in Spring Arbor, Michigan
  • Mar 26 Jesús Taváres, Dominican MLB outfielder, 1993-98 (Florida Marlins, and 2 other teams), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 26 Rennae Stubbs, Australian tennis player, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Mar 27 Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor (Castle), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Mar 28 Damien Marsh, Australian 100m/200m swimmer (World Championship, 1995 -Silver medal), born in Goondiwindi, Queensland
  • Mar 28 Wesley Person, NBA guard, 1994-2005 (Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and 5 other teams), born in Brantley, Alabama
  • Mar 29 Lennart van Reen, son of author Ton v R/publisher Corrie Zelen
  • Mar 29 Ryan Lambert, American performer (Kids Incorporated) lead singer (Elephone), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 30 Mari Holden, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Famous Weddings

Pierre Trudeau

Mar 4 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author and actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • Mar 5 Winnie Lightner [Winifred Reeves], American vaudeville stage and screen actress, and singer (Gold Diggers of Broadway; Gold Dust Gertie; Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), dies at 74
  • Mar 6 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • Mar 7 Harold McNair, British-Jamaican calypso and jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies of lung cancer at 39
  • Mar 8 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Mar 10 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, American composer (Deep Forest, The Desolate City), dies at 92
  • Mar 11 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Mar 11 Whitney Young Jr, American leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • Mar 12 David Burns, American actor (The Music Man; Hello Dolly!), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 12 Roy Glenn, American radio and screen character actor (Rocky Jordan; The Jack Benny Show; Amos 'n' Andy; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 13 Piero Coppola, Italian conductor, artistic director (La Voix de son Maître (The Gramophone Company - France), 1923-34). pianist, and composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Rockwell Kent, American artist, painter and illustrator (Canterbury Tales), dies at 88
  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 (Phyllis) "Bebe" Daniels, American silent film, radio, and screen actress (Silver Dollar; My Past), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Australian cricket wrist-spin bowler (10 Tests), dies from cancer at 62

Thomas E. DeweyThomas E. Dewey (1902-1971)

Mar 16 Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

  • Mar 17 Ernst Bachmeister, German writer, dies at 96
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests, 6 dismissals; Cambridge University CC, Kent CCC), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Dorna [Mary Jeanette Tenkink-Stoppelman], Dutch author, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Nan Wynn [Masha Vatz], American radio and big-band singer (Rudy Vallée; Teddy Wilson), actress (Pardon My Sarong), and singing voice for Rita Hayworth, dies of cancer at 55 [1]
  • Mar 22 Martin Bodmer, Swiss Bibliophile and scholar (Bodmer Papyri), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Felix Wolfes, German-American conductor, educator (New England Conservatory, 1948-68), and composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death at 84
  • Mar 30 Selmer Jackson, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), and teacher, dies at 59
  • Mar 31 Liselotte Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Child Crying), dies at 31