On This Day

What Happened in March 1975

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win
  • Mar 1 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1
  • Mar 1 Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.
  • Mar 1 Five Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh attracts a world record attendance of 104,000; Scots win 12-10
  • Mar 3 "Goodtime Charley" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 104 performances

Music History

Mar 3 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana

Film and TV Awards

Mar 3 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

  • Mar 6 Algiers Accord: Iran and Iraq announce a settlement of their border dispute.
  • Mar 7 US Senate revises filibuster rule, allows 60 senators to limit debate
  • Mar 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 7 "Mirror", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Margarita Terekhova and Ignat Daniltsev, is released

Album Release

Mar 7 RCA releases "Young Americans", David Bowie's 9th studio album, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City; featuring appearances by John Lennon on two tracks, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 9, and No. 2 in the U.K.

  • Mar 8 Royal Canadian Mint announces branch opening in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 8 22nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 70-66
  • Mar 9 "Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 9 Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
  • Mar 10 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Mar 10 Dog spectacles patented in England

Music Single

Mar 10 John Lennon releases single "Stand By Me", a cover of Ben E. King's song from 1961

  • Mar 10 Sanyo Shinkansen open between Osaka and Fukuoka.
  • Mar 11 Rightist military coup in Portugal under General António de Spínola fails
  • Mar 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 12 Vietcong conquer Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam

Film & TV History

Mar 13 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Same Time, Next Year", starring Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; later transfers to the Ambassador Theatre, and runs for a total of 1,453 performances

  • Mar 15 Bundy victim Julie Cunningham disappears from Vail, Colorado
  • Mar 15 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (37.99 sec)
  • Mar 15 "That's the Way of the World" 6th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)
  • Mar 15 Wales trounce Ireland, 32-4 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 18th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 16 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 16 US Mariner 10 makes 3rd & final fly-by of Mercury
  • Mar 17 Valeri Muratov skates world record 1000m (1:16.92)
  • Mar 18 Kurds end fight against Iraqi army
  • Mar 19 "Dr Jazz" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 19 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports
  • Mar 21 Ethiopia abolishes its monarchy after 3,000 years
  • Mar 22 Netherlands' "Ding-a-dong" performed by Tech-In wins Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 22 "Dr Jazz" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 5 performances
  • Mar 22 "Letter for Queen Victoria" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Mar 22 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beats Immaculata 90-81 in Harrisonburg
  • Mar 22 Walt Disney World Shopping Village opens
  • Mar 22 A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes dangerous lowering of cooling water levels
  • Mar 22 20th Eurovision Song Contest: Teach-In for Netherlands wins singing "Ding-a-dong" in Stockholm

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Music Concert

Mar 24 New Orleans R&B piano player Professor Longhair with the Meters perform at record release party for Paul McCartney and Wings' "Venus and Mars", aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California

Music Single

Mar 25 Linda Ronstadt releases cover of the Everly Brothers' 1960 song "When Will I Be Loved" as a single; climbs to No. 2 in the charts

Film Premiere

Mar 26 Ken Russell's film "Tommy", based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured

  • Mar 26 Washington Capitals play record NHL 37th road game without a win & NHL record of 17 straight loses
  • Mar 26 The Biological Weapons Convention enters into force.
  • Mar 28 NHL Washington Capitals win 1st game on road after 37 straight road loses
  • Mar 29 Only 2nd time Islanders beat Rangers
  • Mar 29 "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle reaches #1 on US singles chart
  • Mar 30 Ron Lalonde scores the 1st hat trick by a Washington Capital
  • Mar 30 James Rupert kills 11 members of his family on Easter Sunday in Hamilton, Ohio
  • Mar 31 37th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Kentucky, 92-85; 10th title under coach John Wooden who had announced his retirement 2 days earlier

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Daryl Gibson, New Zealand rugby union centre (19 caps; Canterbury Crusaders) and coach (NSW Waratahs), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
  • Mar 3 Albert Fields, American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 3 Danica McKellar, actress (Winnie Cooper-Wonder Years) [or Jan 3]
  • Mar 4 Patrick Femerling, German-born professional basketball player
  • Mar 4 Kim Jung-Eun, South Korean actress (Marrying the Mafia), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Mar 4 Myrna Veenstra, Dutch field hockey player
  • Mar 4 Antti Aalto, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • Mar 5 Chris Silverwood, cricketer (England Test pace bowler v Zimbabwe 1996)
  • Mar 5 Niki Taylor, model (Elle, Marie Claire)
  • Mar 5 Jolene Blalock, American actress
  • Mar 5 Luciano Burti, Brazilian racing driver
  • Mar 6 Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
  • Mar 6 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, French Canadian conductor (Montréal Orchestre Métropolitain, 2000-; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2010-26; Metropolitan Opera, 2018-present), born in Montréal, Quebec
  • Mar 7 William Hampton, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 8 Kenny Wheaton, cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 8 Fardeen Khan, Indian actor
  • Mar 8 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • Mar 9 Adonal Foyle, Vincentian-American NBA center (SF Warriors), born in Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Mar 9 Roy Makaay, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Wijchen, Netherlands
  • Mar 9 Juan Sebastián Verón, Argentine footballer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • Mar 9 Jane Antonia Cornish, British composer of contemporary classical music (Seascapes), and film scores (Five Children And It), born in London, England
  • Mar 10 Stefan Bergkvist, Leksand Swe, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • Mar 10 Lyne Bessette, Quebec professional cyclist
  • Mar 11 Shawn Springs, American NFL cornerback, 1999-2008 (Seattle Seahawks and 2 other teams), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Mar 11 Eric the Actor, formerly known as Eric the Midget [Eric S. Lynch], American radio personality (The Howard Stern Show), born in Rodeo, California (d. 2014)
  • Mar 12 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • Mar 12 Kéllé Bryan, British pop singer (Eternal - "I Wanna Be The Only One"), born in Plaistow, England
  • Mar 12 Annabel Port, English radio presenter
  • Mar 13 Landon Wilson, NHL right wing (Colorado Avalanche), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 14 Stephen Harper, English footballer player and coach (Newcastle), born in Seaham, England
  • Mar 14 Wendy Rice, American actress (Pleasure Party)
  • Mar 14 Rico Yan, Filipino actor (d. 2002)
  • Mar 15 Cornell Brown, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)

Eva Longoria

Mar 15 Eva Longoria, American actress (Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives), born in Corpus Christi, Texas

  • Mar 15 Will.i.am [Adams], American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in East Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 15 Veselin Topalov, Bulgarian chess player
  • Mar 16 Sienna Guillory, English actress (Jill Valentine-Resident Evil), born in Kettering, England
  • Mar 17 Justin Hawkins, British hard rock singer and guitarist (The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • Mar 17 Test [Andrew Martin], Canadian professional wrestler (WWF/WWE), born in Whitby, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • Mar 17 Natalie Zea, American actress
  • Mar 18 Claude N'Goran, Adzope Ivory Coast, tennis pro
  • Mar 18 Kimmo Timonen, hockey defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Mar 18 Beverly Peele, American model (Mademoiselle, Elle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 18 Tomas Žvirgždauskas, Lithuanian footballer
  • Mar 18 Brian Griese, American football player
  • Mar 18 Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
  • Mar 18 Sutton Foster, American Tony Award-winning stage actress and singer (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Anything Goes; The Music Man), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Mar 19 Antonio Daniels, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Mar 19 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • Mar 19 Brann Dailor, American heavy metal drummer (Mastodon), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 19 Matthew Richardson, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 21 Vitaly Potapenko, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Mar 21 Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player (World C'ship 2000, 03, 18; Triple Crown 2002-03), born in Cwm, Blaenau Gwent, Wales
  • Mar 22 Jiri Novak, Czech tennis player, born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Cole Hauser, American actor (Yellowstone), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Mar 23 Rita Grande, Napoli Italy, tennis star (3rd round 1996 Aust Open)
  • Mar 23 Alydar, American racehorse (d. 1990)
  • Mar 24 Debbie Keller, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Winfield, Illinois
  • Mar 24 Julia Bikbova, dance skater (with partner John Lee), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Mar 24 Thomas Johansson, Swedish tennis player (Australian Open 2002), born in Linköping, Sweden
  • Mar 24 Krisdayanti, Indonesian pop singer and actress, born in Batu, East Java, Indonesia
  • Mar 25 Miguel Mejia, San Pedro de Macoris, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Mar 25 Melanie Blatt, British pop singer (All Saints - "Never Ever"), born in London
  • Mar 27 B. J. Gallis, CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania


Mar 27 Fergie [Duhamel], American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in Hacienda Heights, California

  • Mar 27 Tom Goegebuer, Belgian weightlifter, born in Belgium
  • Mar 27 Chakrit Yamnam, Thai film and television actor, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Mar 28 Atta-ur-Rehman, Pakistani cricketer (quickie, debut v England, 1992 at age 17), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Mar 28 Shanna Moakler, American model, beauty queen (Miss USA, 1995), and actress (Pacific Blue; Meet The Barkers), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 28 Iván Helguera, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 28 Richard Kelly, American film writer and director (Donnie Darko), born in Newport News, Virgina
  • Mar 28 Derek Hill, American racing driver, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 28 Orrin Evans, American jazz pianist, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Mar 31 Adam Green, American film director

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 8 5th Earl of Lichfield Patrick Anson (35) weds Lady Leonora Grosvenor (26), daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral in England

Peter Agre

Mar 29 Molecular biologist Peter Agre (26) weds Mary Macgill

Famous Divorces

Tammy Wynette

Mar 21 American country singer Tammy Wynette (33) divorces American country singer-songwriter George Jones (43), after 6 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 2 Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b.1929)
  • Mar 6 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), dies at 64
  • Mar 7 Ben Blue, Canadian actor and comedian (Accidental Family, Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 73
  • Mar 7 Francine Larrimore, French actress (John Meade's Woman), dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher, dies at 79
  • Mar 8 George Stevens, American Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter (A Place In The Sun; Giant; Swing Time; Gunga Din), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 9 Joseph Dunninger, NYC, mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Shirley Ross [Bernice Maude Gaunt], American actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm, Waikiki Wedding), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 9 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Léopold Samuel, Belgian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 11 Philip Bezanson, American composer (Golden Child), and eductor, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Sammy Spear, American big band trumpet player and orchestra leader (The Jackie Gleason Show), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 13 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier, dies at 71
  • Mar 13 Ivo Andric, Yugoslavian novelist (Bridge on Drina, Nobel 1961), dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Jean Del Val, actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces), dies at 83
  • Mar 13 Ruth Schaumann, German author, painter and sculptor (Rose, Black King), dies at 75

Susan Hayward

Mar 14 Susan Hayward, American actress (Young & Willing), dies of brain cancer at 56

  • Mar 15 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Richard W. DeKorte, American politician (b. 1936)
  • Mar 18 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (Né à Québec: Louis Jolliet), dies at 74
  • Mar 19 John A DeMott, dies at 63
  • Mar 21 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 21 Ralph Hawtrey, British economist (multiplier, quantity theory of money), dies at 95
  • Mar 21 Joe Medwick, American Baseball HOF left fielder (World Series 1934, Triple Crown & NL MVP 1937 St. Louis Cardinals; 10 x MLB All Star), dies at 63
  • Mar 22 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), dies at 75
  • Mar 22 Catherine "Cass" Daley, American actress (Star Spangled Rhythm, Red Garters), dies from an accidental fall at 59
  • Mar 22 Paul Verhoeven, German actor and director (Das kleine Hofkonzert), dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Muriel Hutchison, American actress (Another Thin Man), dies at 60
  • Mar 24 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Juan Gaudino, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)

Faisal of Saudi Arabia

Mar 25 Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75), shot by nephew at 68

  • Mar 27 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering; Rookies on Parade), dies following a long illness at 63
  • Mar 28 Renzo Massarani, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 30 Peter Bamm, German physician and writer, dies at 87