On This Day

Historical Events in March 1960

  • Mar 3 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
  • Mar 4 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
  • Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
  • Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
  • Mar 5 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
  • Mar 5 The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
  • Mar 5 7th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 63-59

Famous Photo

Mar 5 Iconic photograph 'Guerrillero Heroico' taken of Che Guevara at a memorial service in Havana, by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda, possibly the most reproduced photo in history

Historic Event

Mar 6 President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament

  • Mar 7 Dutch Builders strike for CLA
  • Mar 8 "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • Mar 10 USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing

Golden Globes

Mar 10 17th Golden Globes: "Ben-Hur", Anthony Franciosa, & Elizabeth Taylor win

  • Mar 11 Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus
  • Mar 13 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Fay Crocker of Uruguay wins by 7 strokes ahead of Kathy Cornelius
  • Mar 13 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • Mar 13 White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number
  • Mar 14 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield, California

NBA Record

Mar 14 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA playoff record of 53 points in Warriors' 132-112 win over Syracuse Nationals at Philadelphia Civic Center

  • Mar 15 Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
  • Mar 15 National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated

Historic Event

Mar 17 US President Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA

  • Mar 17 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Mar 17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

  • Mar 18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • Mar 19 "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances

Sports History

Mar 19 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California, 75-55; Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is named tournament MOP

  • Mar 21 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC

Historic Invention

Mar 22 1st patent for lasers granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes

  • Mar 23 NASA's Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 24 US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
  • Mar 25 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)

Historic Event

Mar 25 DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (NYC)

  • Mar 25 Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires
  • Mar 25 Italian government Tambroni forms
  • Mar 26 Iraq executes 30 after attack on President Kassem
  • Mar 26 Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
  • Mar 26 USC captures NCAA swimming title
  • Mar 26 114th Grand National: Gerry Scott wins aboard 13/2 favourite Merryman II; first clear favourite to win in 33 years
  • Mar 28 Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
  • Mar 28 Scotch whisky factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters in Glasgow, Scotland

Music Premiere

Mar 29 Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres

  • Mar 31 Gore Vidal's "Best Man" premieres in NYC