On This Day

Historical Events in March 1968

  • Mar 1 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect

Music Premiere

Mar 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" first performed as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London

  • Mar 1 High winds blow-off the Philadelphia Spectrum's roof, forcing the Flyers to play their final month of the NHL season on the road, with home games moved to Toronto, NYC and Quebec City
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world, with a cargo compartment 37m long
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 2 19 year-old American Peggy Fleming wins her 3rd consecutive World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Geneva, Switzerland; announces her retirement, turns professional and eventually goes into broadcasting
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague

Sports History

Mar 3 Jean Béliveau (Montreal) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

  • Mar 3 Pirate station "Radio Caroline" goes off the air when its ships Mi Amigo and Caroline are boarded and seized before the day's broadcasting began

Sports History

Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 4 Joe Frazier takes his record to 20-0 and captures vacant world heavyweight boxing title; stops Buster Mathis in 11th round TKO at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Historic Event

Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched

Music Awards

Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

  • Mar 4 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 7 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • Mar 8 Bill Graham's New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese and communist Laotion troops overrun a secret US radar facility, Lima Site 85, on a Laos mountaintop
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting

Music History

Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet

Music Single

Mar 11 Otis Redding is the first person in the US to posthumously receive gold record for his single "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

  • Mar 12 Indian Ocean island nation Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Beatles release single "Lady Madonna" in the UK
  • Mar 13 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah, kills 6,000 sheep
  • Mar 14 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")

Historic Event

Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns after having a drunken row with Prime Minister Harold Wilson

Music History

Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • Mar 16 My Lai massacre occurs when American soldiers kill ~400 unarmed Vietnamese civilians, in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War

Historic Event

Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado
  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations

Television Debut

Mar 17 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

  • Mar 18 US Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 18 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 Howard University, Washington, D.C., students seize administration building

Historic Event

Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases

Historic Event

Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mário Soares banished to Sao Tomé, having been arrested by secret police under dictator António de Oliveira Salazar

  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off San Francisco cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats North Carolina, 78-55; Bruins back-to-back titles; Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd of 3 consecutive years
  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC
  • Mar 23 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 14-9 win over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff; first Grand Slam victory for France

Album Release

Mar 23 Reprise Records releases "Song To A Seagull", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's debut studio album

  • Mar 25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco

Historic Event

Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie (Maryland) State College
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: 20-year old Brian Fletcher aboard 100/7 chance Red Alligator rides the first of 3 GN victories
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces in an address to the nation that he will not seek re-election
  • Mar 31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • Mar 31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes a troop surge in Vietnam, bringing the total number of US soldiers to a peak of 549,500