March 1973 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • Mar 6 In an exhibition game with the Pirates, Twins Larry Hisle becomes the 1st designated hitter (he hits 2 HRs & knocks in 7 RBIs)
  • Mar 7 Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory

Election of Interest

Mar 7 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh

Event of Interest

Mar 8 Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest and US longest, opens 60km west of Denver, Colorado

  • Mar 8 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 10 Morocco adopts constitution
  • Mar 13 Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC
  • Mar 13 Syria adopts constitution

Event of Interest

Mar 14 Future US senator John McCain is released after spending over five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp

  • Mar 14 Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland
  • Mar 16 OPEC discusses raising prices to offset decline of U.S. dollar value

British History

Mar 17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

Iran Nationalizes its Oil

Mar 17 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and a consortium of Western firms led by British Petroleum agree to the formal nationalization of Iran's oil industry in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil

  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday

Event of Interest

Mar 21 White House Counsel John Dean tells US President Richard Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency"

  • Mar 23 After a 5½ year run soap "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" ends
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • Mar 26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • Mar 30 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as US ambassador to South Vietnam

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Len Wiseman, American director (Underworld, Total Recall), born in Fremont, California
  • Mar 4 Penny Mordaunt, English politician (Leader of the UK House of Commons 2022-), born in Torquay, England

Matteo SalviniMatteo Salvini (50 years old)

Mar 9 Italian politician and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy (2018-), born in Milan, Italy

  • Mar 16 Zef Eisenberg, British ultra-speed racer (world's fastest motorbike on sand 201.5mph; fastest wheel powered vehicle 210.33mph) and founder Maximuscle, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Mar 18 Max Barry, Australian author
  • Mar 20 Christopher Heinz, American businessman; son of Teresa Heinz
  • Mar 22 Alex Padilla, American politician (Senator-D-Ca 2021-), born in Los Angeles, California

Larry PageLarry Page (50 years old)

Mar 26 American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Sergey Brin), born in East Lansing, Michigan

  • Mar 30 Matthew Pritchard, Welsh Stuntman and celebrity chef, born in Cardiff, Wales

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • Mar 3 Vera Panova, Russian author and journalist (Sputniki), dies at 67
  • Mar 4 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • Mar 6 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian World War I fighter ace known as the "Eagle of Flanders" with 11 known kills and 19 unconfirmed, dies at 78
  • Mar 10 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • Mar 10 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • Mar 12 Manuel Rojas, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), dies at 73
  • Mar 14 Murat B. "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Edward Steichen, American photographer (Family of Man), dies at 93
  • Mar 28 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies