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March 1970








As the Beatles' U.S. compilation album Hey Jude goes gold on this day, The Ed Sullivan Show honors the Fab Four with various artists singing tributes, including Dionne Warwick who warbles "We Can Work It Out" and "A Hard Day's Night," along with a duet by Paul McCartney and Peggy Lee on "Yesterday."

Charles Manson releases an album, Lie, to finance his defense in the Tate-LaBianca murder case. The album cover is a mock-up of the Life magazine cover photo of Manson, with the F taken out of Life.

A series of homemade bombs accidentally explodes and destroys a New York City town house, killing three presumed Weathermen revolutionaries. Five days later, a group calling itself "Revolutionary Force 9" takes credit for three other citywide bombings, and the New York Times notes a "possible connection to the Beatles song "Revolution."

Top of the charts: Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (pop single) and Bridge Over Troubled Water (pop album).

Millions of people in the Western hemisphere, most without eye protection, look to the heavens to witness the celestial spectacle of the century -- a total eclipse of the sun. Millions more watch the first complete eclipse televised around the world. One Mexican city hosts an especially large gathering of scientists and lay people since it offers maximum duration: three and a half minutes of darkness. But dense clouds in Valdosta, Georgia, foil amateur astronomers. "This is exactly what we hoped would not happen," says a scientist coordinating the observation.

Diana Ross opens an eleven-date cabaret engagement in Framingham, Massachusetts, her first outing as a solo perfomer.
The 1969 Grammy Award winners are announced, The Fifth Dimension's "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" is Record of the Year. Blood, Sweat and Tears, by the band of the same name, is Album of the Year. Joe South's "Games People Play" is Song of the Year. Crosby, Stills and Nash are named Best New Artist. The Annotator's award goes to Johnny Cash for his liner notes to Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline. The Best Spoken Word Recording is "We Love You, Call Collect" by Art Linkletter and Dianne.

The Beatles release "Let It Be," the first single from what will be their final studio album.

The TV special Switched On Symphony airs, featuring Zubin Mehta and the L.A. Philharmonic with Santana, Jethro Tull, the Nice, Ray Charles and last-minute addition Bobby Sherman.
Tammi Terrell, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye -- "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Your Precious Love," "Ain't Nothin' like the Real Thing" and others -- dies at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia after undergoing six brain tumor operations in eighteen months. Doctors first discovered Terrell's brain tumor after she collapsed in Gaye's arms onstage in 1967. She was 24.

Sandy Denny makes her first solo appearance since leaving British folk-rockers Fairport Convention, at Birmingham Town Hall in England.
Bitter, bitchy and biting, Mart Crowley's landmark gay play, "The Boys in the Band," debuts in a movie version. Coming less than a year after the Stonewall Riots, termed the "Boston Tea Party of the gay movement," it's the first mainstream gay play to approach homosexuality straight. Director William Friedkin, a few years before The French Connection, attracts the original cast of the off-Broadway play, which ran for 1,001 nights after opening in 1968, for the movie.
Country Joe McDonald is convicted for obscenity and fined $500 for leading a crowd in his Fish Cheer ("Gimme an Eff... You... See... Kay!") at a Worcester, Massachusetts, concert.

British label Immediate Records (whose roster included the
Small Faces), founded by former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, goes out of business.
David Bowie marries American-born model Angela Barnett in Bromley, England. Angela, fresh out of Swiss finishing school, firstmet Bowie at a press reception for King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King in London in 1969. She will shortly give birth to ther son, Zowie, and subsequently, the entire Bowie family (with David in ankle-length dress) would pose for some publicity shots.

Actor and sports-car racing enthusiast Steve McQueen and his racing partner Peter Revson come in second in a Grand Prix tune-up in Sebring, Florida. Legendary driver Mario Andretti roars across the finish line first.

The re-formed Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, release their debut LP, First Step.

Led Zeppelin kicks off a 26-date North American tour in Vancouver, Canada, with an unprecedented $650,000 tour guarantee.

A homemade pipe bomb rips through New York City nightclub the Electric Circus, injuring fifteen. Robbery is believed to be the motive.
Jennifer Thomas, a 16-year-old runaway, is severely beaten by Boston police for wearing an American flag she was given at the funeral of her father, a serviceman.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's first and only studio album, Déjà Vü, goes gold. The LP yielded hit singles in "Woodstock" and "Teach Your Children."
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, whose album, Peter, Paul and Mommy, is the latest Grammy Award-winner for Best Recording for Children, pleads guilty to "taking immoral liberties" with a fourteen-year-old girl in Washington, D.C.
South Vietnamese ground forces, with U.S. air support, invade Cambodia, attacking Communist forces there. The American military denies crossing the border.
In its 5-3 in re Winship ruling the U.S. Supreme Court decides 5-3 that there is a requirement of beyond reasonable doubt in convicting juveniles of an act that would constitute a crime if committed by an adult.

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