On This Day

What Happened in March 1974

Historical Events

Music Concert

Mar 1 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November

  • Mar 1 Australian cricketing brothers Ian (145) and Greg Chappell (162no) record 264 partnership in 1st Test draw vs New Zealand at Wellington; Ian (121) and Greg (133) double up with centuries in 2nd innings
  • Mar 1 Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides

Grammy Awards

Mar 2 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

  • Mar 2 1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents

Historic Event

Mar 2 Grand jury concludes US President Richard Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up

  • Mar 2 Australian cricket batsman Greg Chappell makes 247no in drawn 1st Test vs NZ in Wellington; also hits 133 in 2nd innings; brother Ian 145 and 121 also scores twin centuries
  • Mar 3 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 3 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
  • Mar 3 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes in the Ermenonville Forest outside Paris, killing all 346 people onboard
  • Mar 4 David Hares' "Knuckle" premieres in London
  • Mar 5 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 740 performances
  • Mar 5 Ralph Stewart failed in 2nd Islander penalty shot
  • Mar 6 "Over Here!" musical written by Richard & Robert Sherman opens at Shubert Theater, NYC for 341 performances (top-grossing production 1974)
  • Mar 6 An unnamed Italian industrialist loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette over 5 hours in Monte Carlo Casino
  • Mar 6 Australian cricketing brothers Ian (145 & 121) and Greg Chappell (247no and 133) score unique twin centuries in drawn 1st Test vs New Zealand in Wellington
  • Mar 7 "USS Monitor", Union Ship sunk in 1862 during US Civil War, restored at Cape Hatteras
  • Mar 7 1st general strike in Ethiopia
  • Mar 8 Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France
  • Mar 9 Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in the Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
  • Mar 9 21st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 103-100 (OT)
  • Mar 10 "Sextet" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 10 Christian Democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
  • Mar 10 Lawrence Rowe completes 302 v Eng Bridgetown, 36 fours 1 six
  • Mar 11 Mount Etna in Sicily erupted
  • Mar 11 Rhino Store gives people 5 cents to take home Danny Bonaduce's Album

Historic Event

Mar 12 Ted Bundy victim Donna Manson disappears from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington (body never found)

  • Mar 13 Glenn Turner scores twin tons for NZ's 1st win against Aust
  • Mar 15 Brazilian president Garastazu Médici resigns
  • Mar 16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • Mar 16 Both Wales (12-16 v England) and France (6-19 v Scotland) lose their final round matches handing Ireland their 8th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 18 Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
  • Mar 19 Jefferson Starship begins their 1st tour
  • Mar 20 "The Super Cops" directed by Gordon Parks premieres in NYC, New York
  • Mar 21 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall
  • Mar 23 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beat Mississippi College 68-53 in Manhattan, Kansas
  • Mar 24 36th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Marquette, 76-64; Wolfpack first title; first tournament officially designated as a Division I championship

Music Recording

Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Music Awards

Mar 25 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

  • Mar 26 Romanian communist party names party leader Ceausescu president
  • Mar 28 Rock group Raspberries breakup
  • Mar 29 Mariner 10's, 1st fly-by of Mercury, returns photos

Terracotta Army Discovered

Mar 29 Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi'an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard the tomb of China's 1st emperor, Qin Shi Huang

Film Release

Mar 29 Film adaption of "The Great Gatsby" starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow with costumes by Ralph Lauren first released

  • Mar 30 128th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins for the 2nd consecutive year; horse goes on to win 1977 race for 3 GN victories; Fletcher's record 3rd GN win
  • Mar 31 American golfer Lee Trevino goes bogey-free for the full 4 rounds as he wins the Greater New Orleans Open by 8 strokes from Bobby Cole and Ben Crenshaw

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actor (Zack-Saved by the Bell)
  • Mar 1 Stephen Davis, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1999, 2000, 03; Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Mar 1 Joachim Trier, Danish born Norwegian film director (The Worst Person in the World), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mar 2 Hayley Lewis, Australian swimmer and broadcaster (World C'ship gold 200m freestyle 1991; Olympic silver 800m, bronze 400m 1992), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 3 Jared Rushton, actor (Big, Honey I Shrank the Kids)
  • Mar 3 David Faustino, actor (I Had 3 Wives, Bud-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 3 Paula Malai Ali, Malaysian-Bruneian TV Presenter and Actress
  • Mar 4 Karol Kucera, Slovakian tennis star (1995-Rosmalen), born in Bratislava Slovakia
  • Mar 4 Ariel Ortega, Argentine footballer (Valencia), born in Ledesma, Argentina
  • Mar 4 ICS Vortex [Simen Hestnæs], Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
  • Mar 4 Tommy Phelps, American baseball player
  • Mar 5 Brad Schumacher, American 400m/800m freesytyle (Olympic gold 1996)

Kevin Connolly

Mar 5 Kevin Connolly, American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Rocky V, Angus), born in Patchogue, New York

  • Mar 5 Jens Jeremies, German footballer
  • Mar 5 Matt Lucas, English comedian

Eva Mendes

Mar 5 Eva Mendes, American actress (Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious), born in Miami, Florida

  • Mar 6 Sebastian Siegel, British-American actor (Lost, Hawaii Five-0), born in Oxford, England
  • Mar 6 Guy Garvey, British singer-songwriter (Elbow) and presenter (BBC 6 Music), born in Bury, Lancashire. England
  • Mar 7 Facundo Sava, Argentine footballer and manager, born in Ituzaingó, Argentina
  • Mar 7 Larry Bagby, American actor and musician (Buffy the Vampire Slyer), born in Marysville, California
  • Mar 7 Jenna Fischer, American actress (The Office), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Mar 7 Hugo Ferreira, Portuguese-American rock singer-songwriter (Tantric), born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola
  • Mar 7 Tobias Menzies, English actor (Outlander, The Crown), born in London, England
  • Mar 8 Steve Sarkisian, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 8 Toran James, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 8 Mike Moriarty, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Mark Harrity, Australian cricketer (promising South Aust left-arm fast bowler), born in Semaphore, South Australia
  • Mar 11 Billy Granville, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Mar 11 David Cameron, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 11 Bobby Abreu, Venezuelan MLB baseball outfielder, 1996-2014, 2X All-Star (Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and four other teams), born in Turmero, Aragua, Venezuela
  • Mar 11 Jon Dalton, the infamous "Jonny Fairplay" from the 7th and 16th season of Survivor
  • Mar 11 Adam Wakeman, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Black Sabbath; Rick Wakeman; Headspace), and television score composer, born in Windsor, England
  • Mar 13 Corinna West, American lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Garberville Colorado
  • Mar 13 Thomas Enqvist, Swedish tennis player (Australian Open 1999 runner-up), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 13 Vampeta [Marcos André Batista dos Santos], Brazilian footballer, born in Nazaré, Bahia, Brazil
  • Mar 14 Justine Joyce, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 14 Grace Park, American-Canadian actress (Hawaii Five-0), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 15 Imad Baba, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Humble, Texas
  • Mar 15 Robert Fick, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • Mar 16 Heath Streak, cricketer (Zimbabwean pace bowler 1993-)
  • Mar 16 Lamont Burns, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Mar 16 Georgios Anatolakis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 17 John Hall, American NFL placekicker (NY Jets), born in Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Mar 17 Mark Dolan, English comedian and TV show host (Balls of Steel), born in London, England
  • Mar 18 Torrian Gray, safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 19 John Coppinger, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Mar 19 Vida Guerra, Cuban-American swimsuit model
  • Mar 20 P J Bogart, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 20 Paula Garces, Colombian actress
  • Mar 20 Andrzej Pilipiuk, Polish writer
  • Mar 21 Laura Allen, American actress
  • Mar 21 Jose Clayton, Tunisian footballer
  • Mar 22 Marcus Camby, American NBA forward (Toronto Raptors), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 22 Tuomas Gronman, Finnish NHL defenceman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Pitts), born in Viitasaari, Finland
  • Mar 22 Philippe Clement, Belgian footballer and coach, born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Mar 23 Eric Washington, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • Mar 23 Scott Galyon, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Mar 24 Terry Killens, linebacker (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 24 Chad Butler, American Christian rock drummer (Switchfoot - "Mess Of Me"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mar 24 Alyson Hannigan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I met Your Mother), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 25 Mike Adams, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 25 Vyninka Arlow, Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 25 Lark Voorhies, American actress
  • Mar 25 Finley Quaye, Scottish reggae singer and musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 26 Irina Spirlea, Romanian tennis star (1996 Amelia Island), born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Mar 26 Mike Peca, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 27 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, born in Edmond, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • Mar 27 Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • Mar 27 Aubrey Haynie, American bluegrass fiddler, mandolin player, and songwriter, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Mar 28 K C Jones, NFL center (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Mar 28 Mark King, English snooker player
  • Mar 28 Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
  • Mar 29 Kristoffer Cusick, American actor
  • Mar 29 Marc Gené, Spanish racing car driver
  • Mar 29 Alex Cuba [Alexis Puentes], Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter (Mendó), born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • Mar 30 Martin Love, Australian cricketer (high scoring Queensland batsman, Aust 1995), born in Mundubbera, Australia
  • Mar 31 Carol Ann Plante, actress (Sara Henderson-Harry & the Hendersons)
  • Mar 31 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Mar 31 Benjamin Eicher, Swiss film director

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Jos de Haes, Flemish philologist & poet (Azuren Holte), dies at 53
  • Mar 1 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), dies of cirrhosis, at 38
  • Mar 1 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), dies of tuberculosis at 87
  • Mar 2 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Mar 2 Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 3 Barbara Ruick, actress (Carousel, Fearless Fagan), dies at 43
  • Mar 3 Frank Wilcox, American actor (Beverly Hillbillies), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 4 Mihail Andricu, Romanian pianist, composer, violinist, and music professor (Bucharest Conservatory, 1926-59), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Adolph Gottlieb, American painter, dies at 71
  • Mar 5 Billy De Wolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Mar 5 Sol Hurok, American theatrical impresario, dies at 85
  • Mar 7 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • Mar 8 Christian van Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor (Spinroc), dies at 56
  • Mar 8 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 9 Earl W Sutherland Jr, US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971), dies at 58
  • Mar 10 June Harrison, actress (Land of the Lawless), dies at 48
  • Mar 10 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), dies at 76
  • Mar 12 Billy Fox, Protestant Dublin MP, assassinated
  • Mar 12 George D. Sax, Drive-in bank and instant loan innovator. Owner of the Saxony Hotel. (b. 1904)
  • Mar 13 Howard St John, American actor (Investigator, Dr Lewis-Hank), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 13 Janos Prohaska, Hungarian actor (Andy Williams Show), dies at 54
  • Mar 16 Daniel Frank Gerber, American manufacturer of baby food, dies at 75
  • Mar 17 [Robert] Carroll Nye, American actor (Gone With The Wind), dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Louis Kahn, Estonian born American architect (Salk Institute), dies at 73
  • Mar 18 David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Edward Platt, American actor (Chief-Get Smart), dies at 58
  • Mar 19 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist/daughter of Otto K, dies at 70
  • Mar 19 Anne Klein, American fashion designer (Anne Klein II), dies at 50
  • Mar 20 Chet Huntley, American newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 62
  • Mar 20 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, dies at 83
  • Mar 21 Candy Darling [James Slattery], American transgender actress (Flesh, Women in Revolt), dies at 29
  • Mar 22 Peter Revson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1971 runner-up; 2 x F1 GP wins), dies in testing accident for South African GP at 35
  • Mar 24 Doris Deane, dies at 74
  • Mar 24 Yoshida Isoya, Japanese architect (modern sukiya style), dies at 79
  • Mar 25 Otto Waldis, Austrian actor (Unknown World, Whip Hand), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Dorothy Fields, American singer (The Way You Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Francoise Rosay, actress (Interlude, Women in Prison), dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, dies in a car accident at 32
  • Mar 29 Seton I. Miller, Hollywood screenwriter (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul), dies at 71
  • Mar 29 Andrea Checchi, Italian actor (The Lady Without Camelias, Two Anonymous Letters), dies of periarthritis at 57
  • Mar 30 Lodewijk Rogier, Dutch historian (Reborn in Freedom), dies at 79
  • Mar 31 Andrea Checci, actress (2 Women, Assassin, Black Sunday), dies at 57