On This Day

What Happened in March 1976

Historical Events

Music Awards

Mar 1 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win

PGA Players Championship

Mar 1 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Inverrary CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second TPC title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead

  • Mar 2 Musical revue featuring song from the Harlem Renaissance "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 766 performances
  • Mar 2 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
  • Mar 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • Mar 3 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Mar 4 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 4 MLB's San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth

Film and TV Awards

Mar 4 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 5 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 6 European Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden won by John Curry (Great Britain)

Sports History

Mar 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill

  • Mar 6 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62

Sports History

Mar 6 In his 10th title defence, WBA light welterweight champion Antonio Cervantes of Colombia is beaten by 17 year old Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Benitez youngest ever world champion

  • Mar 6 Wales clinch their 7th Five Nations Rugby Championship title, 7th Grand Slam and 13th Triple Crown with a 19-13 win over France at the National Stadium, Cardiff
  • Mar 7 Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
  • Mar 8 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China
  • Mar 12 South African troops leave Angola

Sports History

Mar 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race

  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Failed coup in Niger

Historic Event

Mar 16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation

  • Mar 17 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
  • Mar 17 Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried in the US after being convicted of murder in 1967 (sentence is upheld but overturned 1985)
  • Mar 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 17 4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon
  • Mar 20 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)
  • Mar 20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
  • Mar 23 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)

Coup d'état

Mar 24 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup headed by Jorge Rafael Videla

  • Mar 25 "My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances
  • Mar 25 "Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Mar 25 Argentine military junta bans leftist political parties
  • Mar 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M
  • Mar 26 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album

Historic Event

Mar 26 Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment

  • Mar 27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • Mar 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan, 86-68; first time 2 teams from same conference (Big Ten) play in title game
  • Mar 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students

Academy Awards

Mar 29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", its stars Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher, and director Miloš Forman win

  • Mar 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • Mar 31 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Jazz, 110-101 in New Orleans to clinch club's first ever NBA playoff berth
  • Mar 31 NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Dave Malkoff, American TV News Reporter
  • Mar 1 Travis Kvapil, American auto racer (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion 2003), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Mar 2 Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist
  • Mar 3 Fraser Gehrig, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 4 Hiram Bocachica, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Mar 4 Stza Crack [Scott Sturgeon], American punk rock musician (Choking Victim; Leftover Crack), born in New York
  • Mar 4 Thierry Renaer, Belgian field hockey player
  • Mar 5 Adriana Serra-Zanetti, Modena Italy, tennis star (1995 Moscow semi)
  • Mar 5 Paul Konerko, American baseball player
  • Mar 5 Katerina Matziou, Greek actress
  • Mar 5 Tim Sylvia, American mixed martial artist
  • Mar 6 Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 8 Freddie Prinze Jr, actor (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
  • Mar 8 Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Hines Ward, American football player
  • Mar 8 (Gareth) "Gaz" Coombes, British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (Supergrass - "Alright"), born in Oxford, England
  • Mar 9 Thor Halvorssen, Venezuelan human rights activist, born in Venezuela
  • Mar 9 Ben Mulroney, Canadian television host, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 10 Barbara Schett, Austrian tennis player, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Mar 10 Kisaki, Japanese progressive rock musician (Phantasmagoria)
  • Mar 10 Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese-Egyptian actress, model, pop and world music singer, born in Mahrouna, Lebanon
  • Mar 11 Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 12 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • Mar 12 Zhao Wei, Chinese actress
  • Mar 13 James Dewees, American musician (The Get Up Kids), born in Liberty, Missouri
  • Mar 13 Danny Masterson, American actor (That '70s Show - "Hyde"), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 14 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, New Zealand 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 14 Daniel Gillies, New Zealand-Canadian actor (The Vampire Diaries), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 14 Corey Stoll, American actor (House of Cards, The Strain), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 15 Jennifer 8. Lee, American journalist
  • Mar 15 Katherine Brooks, American television director
  • Mar 15 Cara Pifko, Canadian actress
  • Mar 15 Jose Sanchez Zolliker, Mexican writer
  • Mar 16 Abraham Núñez, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 16 Paul Schneider, American actor
  • Mar 16 Nick Spano, American actor
  • Mar 16 Blu Cantrell [Tiffany Cobb], American singer-songwriter (Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!), Breathe), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 17 Stephen Gately, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "A Different Beat"; "No Matter What"), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • Mar 17 Álvaro Recoba, Uruguayan footballer
  • Mar 17 Brittany Daniel, American actress
  • Mar 17 Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • Mar 17 Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Jovan Kirovski, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player
  • Mar 18 Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • Mar 18 Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • Mar 19 Rachel Blanchard, Canadian actress (Clueless -"Cher Horowitz"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Alessandro Nesta, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Zach Lind, American drummer (Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle")
  • Mar 20 Arno Knapen, Dutch soccer player (Holten, FC Twente)
  • Mar 20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • Mar 22 Kellie Shanygne Williams, actress (Laura-Family Matters), born in Washington, D.C.

Reese Witherspoon

Mar 22 Reese Witherspoon, American actress (Pleasantville, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Mar 23 Keri Russell, American actress (Felicity, The Americans), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • Mar 23 Nolan Baumgartner, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Mar 23 Dougie Lampkin, English motorcycle trials rider, born in Silsden, West Yorkshire, England
  • Mar 23 Jeremy Newberry, American football player
  • Mar 23 Joel Peralta, Dominican MLB baseball relief pitcher, 2005-16 (Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, and six other teams), born in Bonao, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 23 Jayson Blair, American journalist and author
  • Mar 23 Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian racing car driver
  • Mar 23 Chris Hoy, Scottish track cyclist (6 x Olympic gold, most successful Olympic cyclist ever; 11 x World C'ship gold), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 24 Danielle Garrett, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 24 Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer and national coach, born in Ziguinchor, Senegal
  • Mar 24 Aaron Brooks, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame), born in Newport News, Virginia

Peyton Manning

Mar 24 Peyton Manning, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 2006, 15; 5 x NFL MVP; 14 x Pro Bowl; Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Mar 25 Francis Bellew, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Mar 25 Cha Tae-hyun, South Korean actor
  • Mar 25 Juvenile [Terius Gray], American rapper (The Hot Boys), born in Magnolia, New Orleans, Louisiana

Wladimir Klitschko

Mar 25 Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (2-time world heavyweight champion; Olympic gold super-heavyweight 1996), born in Semey, Kazakhstan

  • Mar 25 Baek Ji Young, South Korean singer
  • Mar 25 Gigi Leung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Tempting Heart), born in Hong Kong
  • Mar 26 Amy Smart, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 26 Natalia Livingston, American actress (General Hospital; Days of Our Lives), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 26 Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress, born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
  • Mar 26 Ufuk Talay, Australian soccer player and manager, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 27 Danny Fortson, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 27 Djamel Belmadi, Algerian football player and manager (Al-Duhail), born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • Mar 27 Tia Fuller, American jazz saxophonist (Soul (film); Beyoncé backing band), composer, and educator (Berklee School), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Mar 28 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers), born in Pella, Iowa
  • Mar 29 Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player (Olympic gold women's singles 1992; Australian Open 2001, 02; French Open 2001; World #1 2001), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 29 Igor Astarloa, Spanish cyclist
  • Mar 30 Chris Canty, American cornerback (New England Patriots), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 30 Toby Gowin, American NFL punter (Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Mar 30 Mark McClelland, Northern Irish rock bassist and songwriter (Degrassi; Snow Patrol), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 30 Obadele Thompson, Barbadian athlete
  • Mar 31 Josh Saviano, actor (Paul Pfeiffer-Wonder Years)

Famous Weddings

Alice Cooper

Mar 20 American rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

Famous Divorces

John Wayne Gacy

Mar 2 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage

  • Mar 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 1 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Mar 3 Alfred Sendrey [Szendrei], Hungarian-American organist, conductor, musicologist, and composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 3 Pierre Molinier, French painter and photographer, dies at 75
  • Mar 4 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
  • Mar 6 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), dies of Paget's disease of bone at 68
  • Mar 7 Erwin Kroll, German composer, dies at 90
  • Mar 7 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 8 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • Mar 11 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), dies at 70
  • Mar 13 Willy Alfredo [Willem Jue], Dutch comedian/poet, dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Alberta Franklin, American silent screen actress, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Busby Berkeley [Enos], American film choreographer (42nd Street) and director (Strike Up The Band: They Made Me A Criminal), dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Martha Saalfeldt German writer and poet, dies at 78
  • Mar 17 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), dies at 69
  • Mar 18 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • Mar 18 Robert de Roos, Dutch composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 18 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • Mar 19 George Sklavos, Greek composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 25
  • Mar 19 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), dies at 86
  • Mar 20 Michael Goodliffe, British actor (A Night to Remember, Cromwell, 5th Day of Peace), commits suicide at 61
  • Mar 21 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968), dies when shot by actress Claudine Longet at 31
  • Mar 24 Nelson Case, American TV host (Trash or Treasure), dies at 66

Bernard Montgomery

Mar 24 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

  • Mar 26 Josef Albers, German artist, dies at 88
  • Mar 26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer, dies at 80
  • Mar 28 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), dies at 75
  • Mar 30 Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, Dutch actress (Hostage Rights), dies at 99
  • Mar 30 Reuben "Rube" Bloom, American pianist, arranger, band leader (The Bayou Boys), songwriter ("Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"; "Give Me the Simple Life"), dies at 73
  • Mar 31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)