Historical Events in March 1976

Music Awards

Mar 1 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win

PGA Players Championship

Mar 1 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Inverrary CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second TPC title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead

  • Mar 2 Musical revue featuring song from the Harlem Renaissance "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 766 performances
  • Mar 2 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
  • Mar 3 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Mar 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia

Film and TV Awards

Mar 4 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 4 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 4 MLB's San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth
  • Mar 5 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • Mar 6 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62
  • Mar 6 European Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden won by John Curry (Great Britain)
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)

Sports History

Mar 6 In his 10th title defence, WBA light welterweight champion Antonio Cervantes of Colombia is beaten by 17 year old Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Benitez youngest ever world champion

  • Mar 6 Wales clinch their 7th Five Nations Rugby Championship title, 7th Grand Slam and 13th Triple Crown with a 19-13 win over France at the National Stadium, Cardiff

Sports History

Mar 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill

  • Mar 7 Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
  • Mar 8 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China
  • Mar 12 South African troops leave Angola

Sports History

Mar 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race

  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Failed coup in Niger

Historic Event

Mar 16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation

  • Mar 17 4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon
  • Mar 17 Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried in the US after being convicted of murder in 1967 (sentence is upheld but overturned 1985)
  • Mar 17 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
  • Mar 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 20 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)
  • Mar 20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
  • Mar 23 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)

Coup d'état

Mar 24 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup headed by Jorge Rafael Videla

  • Mar 25 "My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances
  • Mar 25 "Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Mar 25 Argentine military junta bans leftist political parties
  • Mar 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M

Historic Event

Mar 26 Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment

  • Mar 26 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album
  • Mar 27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • Mar 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan, 86-68; first time 2 teams from same conference (Big Ten) play in title game

Academy Awards

Mar 29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", its stars Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher, and director Miloš Forman win

  • Mar 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
  • Mar 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • Mar 31 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Jazz, 110-101 in New Orleans to clinch club's first ever NBA playoff berth
  • Mar 31 NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator