March 1978 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 4 Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
  • Mar 5 Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, California

Event of Interest

Mar 6 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and his lawyer shot by a militant white supremacist sniper in Georgia, leaving Flynt crippled and wheelchair bound

  • Mar 7 Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
  • Mar 7 Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb

Radio Premiere

Mar 8 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

  • Mar 9 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 9 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett P√∂tzsch (East Germany)
  • Mar 9 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • Mar 10 Soyuz 28 returns to Earth
  • Mar 11 Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
  • Mar 11 USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC
  • Mar 13 Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
  • Mar 14 Marines terminate Moluccan action in Province house (1 dead)
  • Mar 15 -21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
  • Mar 15 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 16 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

Event of Interest

Mar 16 Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed

  • Mar 16 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
  • Mar 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 16 US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
  • Mar 17 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • Mar 17 Reds don green uniforms for St Patricks Day
  • Mar 18 Former Pakistani premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
  • Mar 19 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb
  • Mar 21 San Francisco passes its and the U.S.' most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
  • Mar 22 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 22 Karl "The Great" Wallenda, German acrobat (The Flying Wallendas) dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 73

Event of Interest

Mar 22 Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm & Market, San Francisco, dedicated

  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, UCLA beat Maryland 90-74 in Los Angeles
  • Mar 27 The Rutles mockumentary "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
  • Mar 28 Daryl Gates becomes the 49th Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 11 Christopher Rice, American author (A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden), born in Berkeley, California
  • Mar 12 Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka (comic artist), born in Ichinomiya, Japan
  • Mar 14 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 15 Takeru Kobayashi, Japanese competitive eater
  • Mar 21 Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d. 2007)
  • Mar 21 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • Mar 24 Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • Mar 18 Faith Baldwin, American author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • Mar 19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 19 [Madabhushi Ananthasayanam] M. A. Ayyangar, Indian politician (Speaker of Lok Sabha, Governor of Bihar), dies at 87
  • Mar 24 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Charles Best, American-Canadian medical scientist and co-discoverer of insulin, dies at 79