On This Day

Historical Events in March 1963

  • Mar 1 200,000 French mine workers strike
  • Mar 2 10th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC: Duke beats Wake Forest, 68-57
  • Mar 3 Senegal adopts a new constitution
  • Mar 3 American country blues musician "Mississippi" John Hurt 're-discovered' by musicologist Tom Hoskins in Avalon, Mississippi [1]
  • Mar 5 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"

Music History

Mar 7 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded their self-titled album "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

  • Mar 8 Syrian Arab Rep Revolution Day - Military coup in Syria
  • Mar 9 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez

Sports History

Mar 10 MLB infielder Pete Rose debuts with Cincinnati at spring training in Tampa, Florida; hits in his first 2 at bats

Sports History

Mar 10 SF Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 70 points in 163-148 defeat to Syracuse Nationals at Onondaga War Memorial

  • Mar 11 Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain

Historic Event

Mar 11 US Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara orders the adoption by the US military of the M16 assault rifle, originally designed as the AR-15 by Eugene Stoner

Music History

Mar 12 Beatles perform as a trio, at Granada Cinema, in Bedford, England, as John Lennon is ill with a cold

  • Mar 13 Two Russian reconnaissance flights over Alaska

Music Premiere

Mar 13 Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 13 Indonesia & Netherlands reinstate diplomatic relations
  • Mar 15 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 England edges Scotland, 10-8 at Twickenham, London to win its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship

Beatification

Mar 17 Elizabeth Ann Seton of NY beatified (canonized in 1975)

  • Mar 17 Eruptions of Mount Agung on Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
  • Mar 18 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • Mar 18 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Mar 18 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 20 1st "Pop Art" exhibition (NYC)
  • Mar 21 David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • Mar 22 The Beatles release their 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • Mar 22 British Minister of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
  • Mar 23 25th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Loyola-Chicago beats Cincinnati, 60-58 (OT); Ramblers' first title in first title game
  • Mar 23 Rolf Hochhuth's play "Der Stellvertreter" (The Representative) premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 23 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London
  • Mar 25 KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 27 Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
  • Mar 28 AFL's NY Titan's become the NY Jets
  • Mar 29 Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
  • Mar 30 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Mar 30 117th Grand National: 19-year old jockey Pat Buckley aboard 66/1 outsider Ayala wins by 3/4 of a length from Carrickbeg
  • Mar 31 LA ends streetcar service after 90 years