On This Day

Historical Events in March 1972

  • Mar 1 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
  • Mar 1 David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 1 Two Catholic teenagers shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary while 'joy riding' in a stolen car in Belfast
  • Mar 2 NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

Sports History

Mar 2 American jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his record 555th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita; Eddie Arcaro 554

Historic Event

Mar 3 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

  • Mar 4 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • Mar 4 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick, UK
  • Mar 4 Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • Mar 4 Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • Mar 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party

Sports History

Mar 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • Mar 6 Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
  • Mar 7 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” single written by Ewan MacColl, released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)
  • Mar 8 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp Europa (N2A); 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years
  • Mar 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • Mar 9 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Mar 10 1st black US political convention opens in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 10 General Lon Nol becomes President & Prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
  • Mar 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Music History

Mar 10 "What's Up, Doc?", Peter Bogdanovich's film homage to screwball comedies, starring Ryan O'Neal, Barbra Streisand, Madeline Kahn & Kenneth Mars premieres

  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Mar 11 OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions."
  • Mar 11 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64

Music Awards

Mar 13 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

  • Mar 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals, plagued by poor home attendance, announce they are moving franchise to Kansas City

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 14th Grammy Awards: Carole King's "It's Too Late"; Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"; Carly Simon; Isaac Hayes; Muddy Waters; and Bill Evans win

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, for his album"They Call Me Muddy Waters"

  • Mar 14 Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry
  • Mar 15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • Mar 15 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle

Film Premiere

Mar 15 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

  • Mar 15 Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer is also killed in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone

Music History

Mar 16 Singer James Brown performs two shows for over 1,000 detainees awaiting trial at the Adolescent Remand Shelter on Rikers Island, NYC

Music Single

Mar 17 Ringo Starr releases single "Back off Boogaloo" in the UK

  • Mar 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • Mar 18 Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy"
  • Mar 19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • Mar 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 19 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
  • Mar 19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • Mar 20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • Mar 20 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
  • Mar 20 Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
  • Mar 22 Musical "The Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances

Historic Event

Mar 22 US Congress approves the Equal Rights Amendment (still not ratified)

  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleveland Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • Mar 22 In Eisenstadt v. Baird the US Supreme Court rules unmarried people have same right to contraception as married people.
  • Mar 23 NY Yankees agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
  • Mar 23 Geoge Harrison and Friends' "The Concert for Bangladesh" concert film, directed by Saul Swimmer released in the US
  • Mar 24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances

Sports History

Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida, 81-76; 6th straight title for Bruins; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP

  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1

Sports History

Mar 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

  • Mar 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers break NBA wins record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13), record will stand for 24 years
  • Mar 26 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching University of Kentucky
  • Mar 27 Venera 8 launches to explore Venus
  • Mar 27 Wyoming officially names "Curt Gowdy State Park", in honor of the nationally recognized broadcaster
  • Mar 27 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster
  • Mar 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game

Music Recording

Mar 28 Elvis Presley records his final Top Ten hit, a cover of "Burning Love", written by Dennis Linde, and first recorded by Arthur Alexander

Music Premiere

Mar 30 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical-comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Phil Silvers opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 156 performances and wins 2 Tony Awards

  • Mar 30 North Vietnam launches a major conventional offensive against South Vietnam
  • Mar 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • Mar 31 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down

Black Tot Day

Mar 31 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal Canadian Navy