On This Day

Historical Events in March 1977

  • Mar 1 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards
  • Mar 1 US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • Mar 1 PGA of America announces a sudden-death playoff format for the PGA Championship to be implemented; previously an 18-hole playoff applied after tie in regulation 72 holes

Film & TV History

Mar 2 Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Film & TV History

Mar 2 Future The Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson

  • Mar 2 Libya amends constitution
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 3 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • Mar 3 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 3 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • Mar 4 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico
  • Mar 4 West Indian cricket fast bowler Colin Croft takes 8-29 against Pakistan in 2nd Test win at Port-of-Spain; best Test figures by a pace bowler from the West Indies
  • Mar 4 Earthquake in Romania kills 1,541
  • Mar 4 Roger Sessions' 6th Symphony premieres (in fully completed form) in New York City with José Serebrier conducting the Juilliard Orchestra

Film and TV Awards

Mar 5 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

  • Mar 5 24th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 75-69
  • Mar 7 Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections
  • Mar 8 Henry L Marsh III elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 8 Princess Anne announces she's expecting her 1st child (Peter)
  • Mar 9 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., siege ended Mar 11th
  • Mar 9 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), becomes 12th director of CIA replacing acting director Knoche
  • Mar 10 Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO
  • Mar 10 CBS' premiere of "A Circle of Children", starring Jane Alexander and based on the life and book about this by Mary Mac Cracken
  • Mar 11 Hanafi Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

Mar 12 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet bans the Christian-Democratic Party

Historic Event

Mar 12 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat pledges to regain Arab territory from Israel

  • Mar 13 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test
  • Mar 15 "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Mar 15 US House of Representatives begins 90 day test of televising its sessions
  • Mar 15 TV comedy "Three's Company" starring John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt premieres on ABC

Historic Event

Mar 16 US President Jimmy Carter pleads for a Palestinian homeland

  • Mar 17 Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
  • Mar 18 The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"
  • Mar 18 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • Mar 18 Vietnam hands over MIA to US
  • Mar 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 19 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.33)
  • Mar 19 Last episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premieres on CBS, with a group hug searching for a box tissues, then singing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"
  • Mar 19 France beats Ireland, 15-6 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 6th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 2nd Grand Slam
  • Mar 20 Communists and socialists win French municipal elections

Election of Interest

Mar 20 Parisians elect former PM Jacques Chirac as 1st mayor in a century

Election of Interest

Mar 20 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India

  • Mar 20 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Mark Hayes wins in windy conditions, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike McCullough
  • Mar 22 Indira Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India
  • Mar 22 Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) government under Joop den Uyl falls

Music Concert

Mar 23 Elvis Presley begins his final concert tour

Tony Awards

Mar 24 Lily Tomlin is the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show in "Appearing Nitely" (special Tony award 1977)

Music History

Mar 26 Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"

  • Mar 26 Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson
  • Mar 26 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beat Louisiana State University 68-55 in Minneapolis

Tenerife Airport Disaster

Mar 27 583 die in aviation's worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport in Spain

Sports History

Mar 27 American tennis star Chris Evert wins her 4th and final WTA Tour Championship 2–6, 6–1, 6–1 against England's Sue Barker at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Mar 28 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats North Carolina, 67-59; Warriors' first title; coach Al McGuire retires
  • Mar 28 Morarji Desai forms a government in India
  • Mar 31 Michael Cristofer's "Shadow Box" premieres in NYC