On This Day

What Happened in March 1973

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
  • Mar 1 Robyn Smith rides North Sea to victory in the Paumanok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in NYC to become the first American female jockey to win a stakes race

Album Release

Mar 1 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

  • Mar 2 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • Mar 3 "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • Mar 4 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • Mar 5 Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives
  • Mar 6 In an exhibition game with the Pirates, Twins Larry Hisle becomes the 1st designated hitter (he hits 2 HRs & knocks in 7 RBIs)
  • Mar 7 Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory

Election of Interest

Mar 7 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh

Historic Event

Mar 8 Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest and US longest, opens 60km west of Denver, Colorado

Music History

Mar 8 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis

  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
  • Mar 10 Morocco adopts constitution
  • Mar 10 20th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 76-74
  • Mar 12 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • Mar 13 Syria adopts constitution
  • Mar 13 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • Mar 13 Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC
  • Mar 14 Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland

Historic Event

Mar 14 Future US senator John McCain is released after spending over five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp

Agreement of Interest

Mar 16 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Consortium members agree to nationalize all assets immediately in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil

  • Mar 16 OPEC discusses raising prices to offset decline of U.S. dollar value

Historic Event

Mar 17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday
  • Mar 18 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances
  • Mar 19 Dean tells Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency"

Hall of Fame

Mar 20 Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

  • Mar 20 NBC TV premiere of pilot episode of "Police Story", based on Los Angeles Police Dept. Joseph Wambaugh's writings

Sports History

Mar 21 Montreal Canadiens' left wing Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHL player to score 500 goals

  • Mar 23 After a 5½ year run soap "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" ends
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

Mar 23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

  • Mar 24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA professional wrestling champ
  • Mar 24 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • Mar 24 San Francisco 49er president Lou Spadia proposes the NFL expands to 30 teams
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York
  • Mar 25 27th Tony Awards: "That Championship Season" and "Little Night Music" win

Sports History

Mar 26 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76; Bruins' 7th straight title; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP for 2nd consecutive year

  • Mar 26 TV soap opera "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS
  • Mar 26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • Mar 27 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket

Music History

Mar 27 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession

Academy Awards

Mar 27 45th Academy Awards: "The Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win. Marlon Brando then turns down the Oscar for best actor to protest Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.

Sports History

Mar 29 Boston Celtic Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

  • Mar 29 US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution
  • Mar 30 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as US ambassador to South Vietnam
  • Mar 31 Philadelphia Flyers score an NHL record tying 8 goals from an astounding 60 shots in the 2nd period of a 10-2 win over New York Islanders

Sports History

Mar 31 Muhammad Ali suffers a broken jaw in a shock split-points decision loss to Ken Norton over 12 rounds in San Diego; Ali wins rematch in another controversial split decision

  • Mar 31 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher wins aboard 9/1 co-favourite Red Rum; recovers from 15 lengths behind at final fence; first of Red Rum's record 3 GN victories

NHL Record

Mar 31 Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr scores his 3rd career hat trick in a 7-3 loss at Toronto to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points for 4 straight seasons

Sports History

Mar 31 American tennis star Billie Jean King ends Australian Margaret Court's 57-match winning streak 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in semi finals of the WTA event in Indianapolis, IN


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Chris Webber, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1997, 2000–2003; Washington Bullets/Wizards, Sacramento Kings) and broadcaster (NBA Gametime Live; TNT), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 1 Jack Davenport, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean), born in London, England
  • Mar 1 Carlo Resoort, Dutch DJ and producer (4 Strings)
  • Mar 2 Paul Popowich, actor (Tommy Tricker & Stamp Traveler)
  • Mar 2 Trevor Sinclair, English soccer winger (12 caps; Blackpool, West Ham, QPR, Manchester City), born in Dulwich, England
  • Mar 2 Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball forward (FIBA World Cup 1998 [MVP], 2002, Yugoslavia; EuroLeague Final Four MVP 2002, 03; Panathinaikos, FC Barcelona), born in Klek, Serbia
  • Mar 3 Cory Raymer, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • Mar 3 James Dexter, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Mar 3 Jim Mills, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 3 Tisha Venturini, Modesto California, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 3 Winslow Oliver, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • Mar 3 Romāns Vainšteins, Latvian cyclist
  • Mar 3 Matthew Marsden, English actor and singer
  • Mar 4 Phillip Daniels, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 4 Len Wiseman, American director (Underworld, Total Recall), born in Fremont, California
  • Mar 5 Nicole Pratt, Australian tennis star (1995 Futures Australia), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Mar 5 Paul Lieftink, Dutch soccer player (NAC, Spakenburg)
  • Mar 5 Yannis Anastasiou, Greek footballer
  • Mar 6 Brian Olson, middleweight (189 lbs) judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Mar 6 Greg Ostertag, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Mar 6 Michael Finley, NBA guard/forward (Phoenix Suns/Dallas Mavericks)
  • Mar 6 Terry Adams, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Mar 7 Ray Parlour, English footballer (Arsenal), born in Romford, England
  • Mar 7 Sébastien Izambard, French operatic pop singer (Il Divo), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 8 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • Mar 8 Boris Kodjoe, Austrian model
  • Mar 8 Kurt Mollekens, Belgian racing car driver
  • Mar 8 Justin Thompson, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 David Prinosil, German tennis star (1995 ATP Newport), born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia

Matteo Salvini

Mar 9 Matteo Salvini, Italian politician and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy (2018-), born in Milan, Italy

  • Mar 10 Eva Herzigova, Czech supermodel (Guess Jeans, Wonderbra), born in Litvinov, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 10 Mauricio Taricco, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 10 Chris Sutton, English soccer striker, manager, broadcaster (1 cap; Blackburn Rovers, Celtic; BT Sport, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sport.), born in Nottingham, England
  • Mar 10 John LeCompt, American hard rock guitarist (Evanescence, 2002-07 - "Lithium"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Mar 11 Mike Mihelic, CFL offensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Mar 11 Sammie Brennan, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • Mar 11 Tony Veland, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Mar 11 Martin Hiden, Austrian footballer
  • Mar 12 Antonio Banks, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 12 Gabriel Mendez, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 12 Keif Bryant, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 12 Louis Laros, Dutch soccer player (Willem II, Vitesse)
  • Mar 13 Bobby Jackson, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Mar 13 Dan Wilkinson, American NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Mar 13 Edgar Davids, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, AC Milan), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Mar 13 David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 14 Chris Sullivan, American NFL defensive end (New England Patriots), born in North Attleborough, Massachusetts
  • Mar 16 Bert Zuurman, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Mar 16 Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
  • Mar 16 Zef Eisenberg, British ultra-speed racer (world's fastest motorbike on sand 201.5mph; fastest wheel powered vehicle 210.33mph) and founder Maximuscle, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Mar 17 Amelia Heinle, American actress (Loving, The Young and the Restless), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mar 17 Jerome Woods, American football safety (Pro Bowl 2003; KC Chiefs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 17 Caroline Corr, Irish Celtic folk rock singer, drummer, and bodhrán player (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
  • Mar 18 Marlon Kerner, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 18 Rob Johnson, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Mar 18 Max Barry, Australian author
  • Mar 18 Luci Christian, American voice actress
  • Mar 19 John Michels, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Mar 19 Simmone Jade Mackinnon, Australian actress
  • Mar 20 Jane March, Edgeware England, actress (Lover)
  • Mar 20 Nico Boje, cricketer (South African ODI left-arm spinner 1996)
  • Mar 20 Norman Tome, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 20 Christopher Heinz, American businessman; son of Teresa Heinz
  • Mar 20 Jung Woo-sung, South Korean actor
  • Mar 20 Cedric Yarbrough, American actor
  • Mar 21 Larry Bowie, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Mar 21 Ananda Lewis, American model and television personality
  • Mar 21 Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
  • Mar 21 Jerry Supiran, American actor
  • Mar 22 Dax Griffin, American actor (Tim Truman-Sunset Beach, Ant Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 22 Joe Nedney, American NFL kicker (Arizona Cardinals), born in San Jose, California
  • Mar 22 Luther Elliss, American NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions), born in Mancos, Colorado
  • Mar 22 Beverley Knight, English singer and actress, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • Mar 23 Jason Kidd, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, coach (10-time NBA All Star), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 23 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 23 Naoko Sawamatsu, Nishinomiya Japan, tennis star (1994 Singapore)
  • Mar 23 Rob Lazeo, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 23 Jerzy Dudek, Polish footballer
  • Mar 23 Wim Eyckmans, Belgian racing driver
  • Mar 23 Stefon Harris, American jazz vibraphonist (The Grand Unification Theory; The Classical Jazz Quartet), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 24 David Moravec, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Mar 24 Josh Lakatos, trap shooter (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • Mar 24 Philippe Boucher, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec
  • Mar 24 Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer (Lyon), born in Lublin, Poland

Jim Parsons

Mar 24 Jim Parsons, American actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Houston, Texas

  • Mar 25 Andrei Nikolishin, Vorkuta Russia, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • Mar 25 Bob Sura, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Mar 25 Ray Zellars, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Mar 25 Anthony Barness, English footballer
  • Mar 25 Anders Fridén, Swedish singer ("In Flames"), born in Askim, Sweden

Larry Page

Mar 26 Larry Page, American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Sergey Brin), born in East Lansing, Michigan

  • Mar 26 T.R. Knight, American actor (Grey's Anatomy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 26 Matt Burke, Australian rugby union fullback (81 caps; NSW Waratahs; Eastwood) and broadcaster (Network 10), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 27 Serge Tremblay, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in La Malbaie, Canada
  • Mar 28 Andrew Whittall, cricketer (cousin of Guy Zimbabwe off-spinner 1996)
  • Mar 28 Eddie Fatu, Samoan professional wrestler
  • Mar 29 Brad Bridgewater, American 200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1996), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Mar 29 John Oppio, American double trap (Olympics 1996), born in Sparks, Nevada
  • Mar 29 Marc Overmars, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Mar 29 Sebastiano Siviglia, Italian footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • Mar 4 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • Mar 5 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (The Animials; Jimi Hendrix), dies in a mid-air plane collision over France at 39)
  • Mar 5 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), dies of lung cancer at 45
  • Mar 6 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki), dies at 67
  • Mar 7 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgium WW I pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
  • Mar 8 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), dies at 46
  • Mar 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • Mar 10 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • Mar 10 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, dies at 57
  • Mar 12 Frankie Frisch, American Baseball HOF infielder (3 x MLB All-Star; 4 x World Series; NL MVP 1931; NY Giants, St.L Cardinals) and manager (St.L Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs), dies at 74
  • Mar 12 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Stacy Harris, Canadian born actor (NOPD, Doorway to Danger), dies at 54
  • Mar 14 Murat B. "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
  • Mar 14 Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 14 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), dies at 73
  • Mar 16 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Geertruida Magdelena Wilhelmina Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • Mar 21 Antoni Szałowski, Polish-French composer (The Resurrection of Lazarus; 2 Pieces for Ondes Martenot), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 23 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), dies of stomach cancer at 77
  • Mar 25 Edward Steichen, American photographer (Family of Man), dies at 93
  • Mar 26 George Sisler, American MLB Hall of Fame 1st baseman, 1915-30; MLB record 257 hits in 1920, 2x AL batting champ, 4x AL Stolen Base leader (St. Louis Browns, and 2 other teams), dies at 80

Noël Coward

Mar 26 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever; Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve -1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

  • Mar 26 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • Mar 26 Johnny Drake, American NFL football running back, 1937-41 (Cleveland Rams), dies at 56
  • Mar 26 Don Messer, Canadian folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Mar 27 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • Mar 29 Melville Cooper, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Father of the Bride), dies of cancer at 76 [1]
  • Mar 31 Kurt Thomas, German composer, dies at 68