On This Day

What Happened in March 1978

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 "Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances

Film & TV History

Mar 1 Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery in an extortion plot

  • Mar 2 Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 3 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • Mar 4 Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
  • Mar 4 25th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 85-77
  • Mar 5 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
  • Mar 5 Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, California

Historic Event

Mar 6 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and his lawyer shot by a militant white supremacist sniper in Georgia, leaving Flynt crippled and wheelchair bound

  • Mar 7 Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
  • Mar 7 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 7 Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb

Radio Premiere

Mar 8 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

  • Mar 9 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • Mar 9 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 9 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Pötzsch (East Germany)
  • Mar 9 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • Mar 10 Soyuz 28 returns to Earth

Television Premiere

Mar 10 "The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS

  • Mar 11 Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
  • Mar 11 USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC

World Record

Mar 12 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:14.99)

  • Mar 13 Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
  • Mar 14 Marines terminate Moluccan action in Province house (1 dead)
  • Mar 14 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • Mar 15 -21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
  • Mar 15 A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000
  • Mar 15 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 16 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

Historic Event

Mar 16 Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed

  • Mar 16 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
  • Mar 16 US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
  • Mar 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 17 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • Mar 17 Reds don green uniforms for St Patricks Day
  • Mar 18 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, California
  • Mar 18 Former Pakistani premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
  • Mar 18 Wales beats France, 16-7 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch its 20th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, a record 8th Grand Slam and record 3rd consecutive Triple Crown
  • Mar 19 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb

PGA Players Championship

Mar 19 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 3rd TPC title, 1 stroke ahead of Lou Graham; 4th straight start for Nicklaus that ends with a top-2 finish

  • Mar 20 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 21 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • Mar 21 San Francisco passes its and the U.S.' most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
  • Mar 22 France performs nuclear test

Historic Event

Mar 22 Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm & Market, San Francisco, dedicated

  • Mar 22 Karl "The Great" Wallenda, German acrobat (The Flying Wallendas) dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 73
  • Mar 22 The Rutles mockumentary "All You Need is Cash" debuts on NBC television
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 Wings release "With a Little Luck"
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, UCLA beat Maryland 90-74 in Los Angeles
  • Mar 27 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke, 94-88; Wildcats 5th title; forward Jack Givens scores 41 points
  • Mar 27 Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances
  • Mar 27 The Rutles mockumentary "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
  • Mar 28 Daryl Gates becomes the 49th Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department

Television Finale

Mar 29 Variety TV show "The Carol Burnett Show" last airs on CBS in the US, having won 25 Emmy Awards

  • Mar 30 "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite
  • Mar 31 Wings release "London Town" album

Famous Birthdays

Jensen Ackles

Mar 1 Jensen Ackles, American actor (Days Of Our Lives: Supernatural), born in Dallas, Texas

  • Mar 1 Donovan Patton, American television actor (Blue's Clues), born in Naval Air Station Agana, Guam
  • Mar 1 Alicia Leigh Willis, American actress (General Hospital, 2001-06), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 1 Ken Harvey, American baseball first baseman (MLB All Star 2004; KC Royals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 2 Tomáš Kaberle, Czech ice hockey defenceman (4 x NHL All Star; Toronto Maple Leafs; Stanley Cup 2011, Boston Bruins; World C'ship gold 2005), born in Rakovník, Czech Republic
  • Mar 3 Douglas Osmond, American pop vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Provo, Utah
  • Mar 3 Matt Diaz, American baseball player
  • Mar 3 Seomoon Tak [Lee Su-jin], Korean rock singer, born in South Korea
  • Mar 3 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • Mar 4 Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • Mar 4 Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler
  • Mar 4 Pierre Dagenais, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 5 Kimberly McCullough, California, actress (Robin-General Hospital)
  • Mar 5 Mike Hessman, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Saukrates [Karl Amani Wailoo], Canadian rapper (Big Black Lincoln), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 6 Sage Rosenfels, American Football Player
  • Mar 6 Lara Cox, Australian Actress
  • Mar 8 Nick Zano, American actor
  • Mar 9 Lucas Neill, Australian footballer, born in Sydney
  • Mar 10 Ben Burnley, American rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Breaking Benjamin - "Breath"), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Mar 11 Didier Drogba, Ivorian football player (Chelsea, Phoenix Rising FC, Ivorian national team), born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Mar 11 Albert Luque, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 11 Christopher Rice, American author (A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden), born in Berkeley, California
  • Mar 12 Cristina Teuscher, 4X200m freestyle (Olympic gold, 1996), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Mar 12 Tara Mounsey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 12 Casey Mears, American auto racer
  • Mar 12 Claudio Sanchez, American rock singer, guitarist, and lyricist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Suffern, New York
  • Mar 12 Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
  • Mar 12 Masuimi Max, American model
  • Mar 13 Tom Danielson, American road racing cyclist, born in East Lyme, Connecticut
  • Mar 13 Kenny Watson, American football player, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 14 Ron Dayne, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1999, University of Wisconsin; NY Giants), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Mar 14 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 14 Pieter van den Hoogenband, Dutch swimmer
  • Mar 15 Takeru Kobayashi, Japanese competitive eater
  • Mar 16 Brooke Burns, American actress
  • Mar 17 Adam Jennings, British actor, producer and film director
  • Mar 18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 18 Jonas Wallerstedt, Swedish footballer
  • Mar 18 Khalilah Adams, American actress
  • Mar 18 Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • Mar 21 Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d.2007)
  • Mar 21 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • Mar 21 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 21 Rani Mukherjee, Indian actress
  • Mar 22 Tom Poti, American professional hockey player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Mar 23 Nicholle Tom, American actress (Beethoven, The Nanny), born in Hinsdale, Illinois,
  • Mar 23 Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer

Perez Hilton

Mar 23 Perez Hilton [Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr], American television personality and blogger, born in Miami, Florida

  • Mar 23 Romesh Ranganathan, English comedian, actor and presenter (The Ranganation), born in Crawley, England
  • Mar 24 Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 26 Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player (Panathinaikos), born in Athens, Greece
  • Mar 29 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
  • Mar 30 Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player and coach, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 31 Jérôme Rothen, French soccer winger (France 13 caps, Paris SG, Caen, Monaco), born in Châtenay-Malabry, France
  • Mar 31 Tony Yayo [Marvin Bernard], American rapper (G-Unit - "So Seductive"), born in Queens, New York City

Famous Weddings

Jeremy Irons

Mar 28 Actor Jeremy Irons (29) weds actress Sinéad Cusack (30)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • Mar 7 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, dies at 49
  • Mar 11 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), electrocuted in a home mishap at 39
  • Mar 12 John Cazale, American stage and screen character actor (The Godfather; Dog Day Afternoon; The Deer Hunter), dies of lung and bone cancer at 42
  • Mar 12 Tolchard Evans, British pop pianist, songwriter (Lady of Spain; If) and bandleader, dies at 76
  • Mar 12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skater (US Singles C'ship 1914, 20-24; Pairs C'ship 1920-27; Olympic bronze 1920), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 David McKinley Williams, Welsh born American church composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 13 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), dies at 52
  • Mar 17 George Dickinson, New Zealand ruby player and cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies at 75
  • Mar 18 Faith Baldwin, American author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • Mar 19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 21 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 24 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Jack Hulbert, British actor (Into the Blue, Bulldog Jack), dies at 85
  • Mar 26 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), dies at 65
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Pickles, British actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), dies at 89
  • Mar 29 Jayasinghrao Ghorpade, Indian cricket batsman (8 Tests @ 15.26), dies at 47
  • Mar 30 George Paine, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 17 wickets; Warwickshire), dies at 69
  • Mar 30 Harold Gimblett, English cricket batsman (3 Tests, 1 x 50; 265 career FC sixes; Somerset CCC), dies from an overdose at 63
  • Mar 30 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • Mar 31 Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • Mar 31 Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin), dies at 79