On This Day

March 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • Mar 3 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Mar 4 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 5 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • 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
  • 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 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
  • Mar 17 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried
  • Mar 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 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 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 27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
  • Mar 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • Mar 31 NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist
  • Mar 3 Fraser Gehrig, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 5 Tim Sylvia, American mixed martial artist
  • Mar 9 Thor Halvorssen, Venezuelan human rights activist, born in Venezuela
  • Mar 15 Jennifer 8. Lee, American journalist
  • Mar 15 Katherine Brooks, American television director
  • Mar 15 Jose Sanchez Zolliker, Mexican writer
  • Mar 23 Dougie Lampkin, English motorcycle trials rider, born in Silsden, West Yorkshire, England
  • Mar 23 Jayson Blair, American journalist and author

Divorces in History

John Wayne Gacy

Mar 2 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage

  • Mar 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Pierre Molinier, French painter and photographer, dies at 75
  • Mar 4 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
  • Mar 7 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 8 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • Mar 14 Busby Berkeley [Enos], American film choreographer (42nd Street) and director (Strike Up The Band: They Made Me A Criminal), dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Martha Saalfeldt, writer, dies
  • Mar 17 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), dies at 69
  • Mar 18 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • Mar 18 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)

Bernard Montgomery

Mar 24 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

  • Mar 26 Josef Albers, German artist, dies at 88
  • Mar 26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer, dies at 80
  • Mar 31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)