What Happened in March 1972

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
  • Mar 1 David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting

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Mar 1 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 1 Two Catholic teenagers shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary while 'joy riding' in a stolen car in Belfast
  • Mar 2 Jean-Bédell Bokassa appoints himself Presient for life of Central African Republic
  • Mar 2 NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

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Mar 3 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • Mar 4 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • Mar 4 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK
  • Mar 4 Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • Mar 4 Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • Mar 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party

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Mar 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • Mar 6 Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
  • Mar 7 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” single written by Ewan MacColl, released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)
  • Mar 8 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
  • Mar 8 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
  • Mar 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • Mar 9 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Mar 10 1st black US political convention opens in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 10 General Lon Nol becomes President & Prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
  • Mar 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Mar 11 OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions."
  • Mar 11 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64
  • Mar 12 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open

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Mar 12 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 13 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
  • Mar 14 Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry
  • Mar 15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • Mar 15 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 15 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • Mar 15 Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer iskilled in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone

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Mar 16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 17 Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
  • Mar 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • Mar 18 Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy"
  • Mar 19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • Mar 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 19 Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
  • Mar 19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • Mar 20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • Mar 20 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
  • Mar 20 Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
  • Mar 22 "Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances

  • Mar 22 Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)

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Mar 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleve Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • Mar 22 In Eisenstadt v. Baird the US Supreme Court rules unmarried people have same right to contraception as married people.

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Mar 23 Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Mar 23 NY Yanks agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
  • Mar 24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76
  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1

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Mar 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Mar 26 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
  • Mar 26 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching University of Kentucky
  • Mar 27 Venera 8 launches to explore Venus
  • Mar 27 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster
  • Mar 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • Mar 30 "Funny Thing Happened..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • Mar 30 North Vietnam launches a major conventional offensive against South Vietnam
  • Mar 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • Mar 31 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Mar 31 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal Canadian Navy

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 119

  • Mar 1 Omar Daal, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • Mar 1 Profail Grier, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 2 Richard Ruccolo, American actor
  • Mar 3 Christian Oliver, actor (Baby Sitters Club, Brian-Saved by the Bell)
  • Mar 3 Martin Prochazka, Slany CZ, NHL forward (Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 3 Darren Anderton, English footballer
  • Mar 4 Chris Borg, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Lexington, South Carolina
  • Mar 4 Martin St Pierre, Ripon Quebec, 20k walker (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 4 Robert Smith, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 4 Sherida Pawiroredjo, Suriname Miss Indra Maju (1993)
  • Mar 4 Pae Gil-Su, North Korean gymnast
  • Mar 4 Ivy Queen, American composer and singer
  • Mar 4 Robert Smith, American footballer
  • Mar 4 Jos Verstappen, Dutch Formula One driver
  • Mar 5 Brandon Hamilton, CFL cornerback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Mar 5 Brian Grant, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings)
  • Mar 5 Hernan Gumy, tennis star, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mar 5 Mikael Tillstrom, Swedish tennis star
  • Mar 5 Tom Hipsz, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Mar 5 Luca Turilli, Italian musician (Rhapsody)
  • Mar 6 Jamal Anderson, fullback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 6 Paul Frlan, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)

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Mar 6 Shaquille O'Neal, NBA center (Magic, Lakers, Olympic gold 1996), born in Newark, New Jersey

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Mar 6 Susan Alexander, Miss America-Maryland (1997), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Mar 7 Andrew Finch, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 7 Marina Hatzakis, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 7 Jang Dong-gun, South Korean actor and musician
  • Mar 7 Maxim Roy, Quebec actress
  • Mar 8 Craig Johnson, NHL left wing (LA Kings/Olympic 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Mar 8 Pat Riley, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 8 Takuro Abe, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Mar 8 Georgios Georgiadis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 8 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • Mar 9 Marcia M Griffith, Miss America-Maryland (1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 9 Sara Nicole Williams, Miss USA-Washington (1997)
  • Mar 9 Spencer Howson, Australian radio broadcaster
  • Mar 9 Kerr Smith, American actor
  • Mar 10 Jack Kellogg, WLAF CB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Mar 10 Takashi Fujii, Japanese television performer
  • Mar 10 Matt Kenseth, American race car driver
  • Mar 11 Carl Greenwood, NFL cornerback (NY Jets)
  • Mar 11 Chris Shelling, WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 11 Jamal Duff, NFL defensive end (NY Giants, Wash Redskins)
  • Mar 12 Hector Luis Bustamante, Colombian actor
  • Mar 12 James Maritato, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 13 Avrom Smith, WLAF RB (London Monarchs)
  • Mar 13 Brian Saxton, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • Mar 13 Rickey Brady, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Mar 13 Ryan McCoy, WLAF LB (London Monarchs)
  • Mar 13 Shea Olliff, Miss America-Georgia (1997), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Mar 13 Trent Dilfer, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Mar 14 Antowain Smith, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 14 Aris Brimanis, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 14 Clover Maitland, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 14 Tom Barndt, NFL/WLAF guard (KC Chiefs, Scottish Claymores)
  • Mar 15 Casey Cristin Mizell, Miss USA-South Carolina (1997)
  • Mar 15 David Rhodes, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 15 Filip Dewulf, Belgian tennis star
  • Mar 15 Oliver Gibson, NFL defensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 15 Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Mar 15 Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
  • Mar 17 Mia Hamm, Selma Alabama, soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 17 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian musician
  • Mar 17 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • Mar 18 Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
  • Mar 18 Nathan Quarry, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • Mar 18 Reince Priebus [Rheinhold Priebus], American lawyer and political opertative (Trump Chief of Staff (Jan-Jul 2017), born in Dover, New Jersey
  • Mar 19 Maria Maunder, St John's New Foundland, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 20 Ajah Wilson-Ogechukwu, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Mar 20 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • Mar 21 (Olympic silver 1998)
  • Mar 21 Boris Mironov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Edmonton), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 21 Chris Ball, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • Mar 21 Frank West, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Mar 21 John Leach, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Mar 21 Large Professor, hip hop artist
  • Mar 21 Chris Candido, professional wrestler (d. 2005)
  • Mar 22 Elvis Stojko, Canadian figure-skater (Olympic silver 94, 98), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Mar 22 John Farquhar, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Mar 22 Mikhail Sloutsky, WLAF LB (Scotland Claymores)
  • Mar 22 Pieter Christiaan, Prince of Netherlands
  • Mar 22 Shawn Bradley, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets, Space Jams)
  • Mar 23 Jennifer K Chapman, Miss USA-Massachusetts (1997)
  • Mar 23 Jonas Bjorkman, Vaxjo Sweden, tennis star (Davis Cup 1994)
  • Mar 23 Ryan Kuwabara, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • Mar 23 Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer
  • Mar 23 Judith Godrèche, French actress and author
  • Mar 24 Steve Karsay, American baseball player
  • Mar 25 Demet Edwards, WLAF defensive tackle (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Mar 25 Howard Battle, Biloxi MS, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Mar 25 Lawrence Moten, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Mar 26 Naoko Kijimuta, Japanese tennis star (1996 Jakarta), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Mar 26 Steve Anderson, CFL defensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 26 Jon Reep, American comedian and actor
  • Mar 27 Kirby Dar Dar, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Mar 27 Charlie Haas, professional wrestler
  • Mar 27 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dutch footballer
  • Mar 28 Derek West, offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Mar 28 Jonathan Edwards, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Keith Tkachuk, Melrose MA, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix, USA)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Victor Babin, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • Mar 2 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • Mar 5 Nils Bjorkander, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • Mar 11 Fredric [William] Brown, sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • Mar 15 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • Mar 16 Harold "Pie" Traynor, hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricketer (10 Tests for WI, 34 wickets), dies at 62
  • Mar 20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • Mar 20 Jan Engelman, Dutch poet/art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
  • Mar 20 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid), dies at 50
  • Mar 27 Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Sharkey Bonano, American musician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 29 J Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heather, US news anchor, dies at 81
  • Mar 30 Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
  • Mar 31 Meena Kumari, Indian actress (b. 1932)