March 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria
  • Mar 1 Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
  • Mar 2 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • Mar 3 James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to Guinea

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Mar 3 Twister hits Jackson Mississippi; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die
  • Mar 4 Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die
  • Mar 4 North Sea Gas 1st pumped ashore by BP
  • Mar 5 75 MPH air currents causes BOAC 707 crash into Mount Fuji, 124 die
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6 Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets" becomes #1 (13 weeks)
  • Mar 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 An IRA bomb destroys Nelson's Column in Dublin
  • Mar 8 Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 9 Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board
  • Mar 10 5 time Horse of the Year, Kelso, retires
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at Ashau Valley

BattleCoup d'├ętat

Mar 11 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Mar 11 A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.
  • Mar 12 Pioneer Plaza dedicated
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles
  • Mar 16 Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
  • Mar 16 Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
  • Mar 17 South Africa's government bans Defense & Aid Fund
  • Mar 17 US submarine locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
  • Mar 18 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
  • Mar 18 Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
  • Mar 19 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants begins
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
  • Mar 23 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic & Anglican Church
  • Mar 24 Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
  • Mar 25 US Supreme court rules "poll tax" unconstitutional
  • Mar 26 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago
  • Mar 31 25,000 anti war demonstrators march in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Paul Hollywood, English baker and TV judge (The Great British Bake Off), born in Wallasey, England
  • Mar 4 Dav Pilkey, American author
  • Mar 9 Tony Lockett, Australian rules footballer, born in Ballarat, Victoria
  • Mar 9 Michael Patrick MacDonald, Irish-American activist against crime and violence and author (All Souls: A Family Story From Southie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 11 Pavel Petrovich Mukhortov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 18 Daniel S. Nevins, American rabbi
  • Mar 18 Peter Jones, British entrepreneur and businessman (Dragons' Den, American Inventor), born in Maidenhead, Berkshire
  • Mar 22 Yahya Ayyash, militant
  • Mar 22 Artis Pabriks, Latvian politician

Weddings in History

  • Mar 10 Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix (Queen Beatrix) marries German aristocrat Claus von Amsberg in Amsterdam

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Fritz Houtermans, German physicist (b. 1903)
  • Mar 5 Anna Achmatova, Ukrainian poet, dies at 76
  • Mar 5 Enrique E Ecker, Curacaos/US bacteriologist, dies at 79
  • Mar 10 Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
  • Mar 10 Mari Sandoz, American author (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 64
  • Mar 15 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • Mar 27 Mien Labberton, Dutch poet, dies at 82
  • Mar 30 Erwin Piscator, German director (Plebeians test rebellion), dies at 72
  • Mar 30 Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator, dies at 95
  • Mar 30 Newbold Morris, American politician (b. 1902)