On This Day

March 1970 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Release

Mar 5 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released

  • Mar 7 WXOW TV channel 19 in La Crosse, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 WTCI TV channel 45 in Chattanooga, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music Recording

Mar 10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It"

  • Mar 16 WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • Mar 21 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • Mar 21 1st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel

Music Premiere

Mar 26 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

  • Mar 30 Soap opera "Another World in Somerset" premieres on NBC, running through 1976

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland
  • Mar 5 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 Amy Pietz, actress (Annie-Caroline In the City), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rachel Weisz

Mar 7 Rachel Weisz, English actress (The Mummy, The Constant Gardener), born in London, England

  • Mar 13 Tim Story, American film director and producer (The Story Company), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 14 Meredith Salenger, actress (Dream a Little Dream, The Kiss)
  • Mar 18 Michael Rapaport, actor (Zak-Zebrahead)

Queen Latifah

Mar 18 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 24 Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
  • Mar 26 Evan Richards, American actor (Frankie-Mama Malone), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 26 Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright, screenwriter and film director (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), born in London, England
  • Mar 27 Corey Page, Australian actor (Richard Wilkins-Loving/City), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mar 27 Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress (Lost), born in Los Angeles, California

Vince Vaughn

Mar 28 Vince Vaughn, American actor (Swingers, Wedding Crashers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Mar 30 Mark Consuelos, American actor (All My Children, 1996-1001,2010 -"Mateo Santos"), and husband of Kelly Ripa, born in Zaragosa, Spain

Weddings in Film & TV

Phil Hartman

Mar 12 Actor Phil Hartman (21) weds first wife Gretchen Lewis

David Bowie

Mar 20 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; (divorce in 1980)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 6 William Hopper, American actor (Perry Mason, The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause), dies of pneumonia following a stroke at 55
  • Mar 10 Vasilis Avlonitis, Greek actor (b. 1904)
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45