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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain

AgreementAgreement 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

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Mar 16 OPEC discusses raising prices to offset decline of U.S. dollar value

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 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 fameHall of Fame

Mar 20 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • Mar 24 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile

  • Mar 24 San Francisco 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • Mar 26 TV Soap "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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia

Film tv awardsAcademy 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 29 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 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

Sports record brokenNHL 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

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

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
  • 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 5 Ryan Franklin, American baseball player
  • 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 Kendell Watkins, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 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
  • Mar 9 Matteo Salvini, Italian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy (2018-), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 10 Eva Herzigova, Czech, model (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 guitarist
  • 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, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • 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 Weatherly, actress (Stephanie Brewster-Loving/The City)
  • Mar 17 Jerome Woods, American NFL safety (KC Chiefs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 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, KS, actor (Tim Truman-Sunset Beach)
  • Mar 22 Joe Nedney, kicker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Mar 22 Luther Elliss, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • Mar 22 Beverley Knight, English singer
  • 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 24 Chip McCaw, volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, St Apollinaire Ca, NHL defense (LA Kings, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Mar 24 Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer

Person of interestJim Parsons

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

Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons
  • 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)
  • Mar 26 Marshall Faulk, running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Mar 26 Heather Goldenhersh, American actress

Person of interestLarry Page

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

Computer Scientist and Co-founder of Google Larry Page
Computer Scientist and Co-founder of Google
Larry Page
  • Mar 26 T.R. Knight, American actor
  • 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

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 (b. 1933)
  • 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 "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, 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 (b. 1907)
  • 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 Szalowski, Polish composer, dies 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, dies at 93
  • Mar 26 George Sisler, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80

Person of interestNoël 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

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Mar 26 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • Mar 26 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Mar 26 Don Messer, Canadian fiddler (b. 1909)
  • 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