March 1977 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards
  • Mar 1 US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • Mar 2 Libya amends constitution
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 3 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 4 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico
  • Mar 4 Earthquake in Romania kills 1,541
  • 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 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), becomes 12th director of CIA replacing acting director Knoche
  • Mar 9 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., siege ended Mar 11th
  • Mar 10 Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO
  • Mar 11 Hanafi Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington, D.C.

Event of Interest

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

Event of Interest

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

  • Mar 15 US House of Representatives begins 90 day test of televising its sessions

Event of Interest

Mar 16 US President Jimmy Carter pleads for a Palestinian homeland

  • 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 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 22 Dutch coalition government under Labour Party (PvdA) leader Joop den Uyl falls
  • Mar 22 Indira Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India
  • Mar 26 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beat Louisiana State University 68-55 in Minneapolis
  • Mar 26 Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson

Tenerife Airport Disaster

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

  • Mar 28 Morarji Desai forms a government in India
  • Mar 31 Michael Cristofer's "Shadow Box" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
  • Mar 10 Colin Murray, British radio DJ
  • Mar 12 Ramiro Corrales, American footballer
  • Mar 16 Donal Óg Cusack, Irish hurler
  • Mar 23 Jean Carlos Gamarra, Peruvian taekwondo practitioner
  • Mar 28 Lauren Weisberger, American novelist

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • Mar 10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Willem Schermerhorn, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1945-46), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison

Fannie Lou HamerFannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

Mar 14 American civil rights activist (Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), dies of breast cancer at 59 [1]

  • Mar 15 Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, dies at 47
  • Mar 16 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese politician and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party, assassinated by unknown gunmen at 59
  • Mar 18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • Mar 22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • Mar 27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67