Mar 27, Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”
Mar 27, Ruth Lewis Farkas (1907-1996), was appointed ambassador to Luxembourg by Pres. Nixon after she and her husband, founder of Alexander’s department stores, contributed $300,000 to Nixon’s re-election campaign.
Mar 27, Ella Maillart (b.1903), Swiss sportswoman and travel writer, died. She chronicled the savage collectivisation of Karakalpak agriculture in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the 1930s.
Mar 27, Maria Butyrskaya of Russia won the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland; defending champion Michelle Kwan of the United States finished second.
Mar 27, In Turkey a young woman set off grenades strapped to her body in a suicide that wounded 10 others in Istanbul.
Mar 27, Roxana Arias Becerra (32), a former Miss Bolivia (1993), was arrested on charges of carrying 1.8 pounds of cocaine while boarding a flight to the Brazilian border.
Mar 27, Guatemala named Adela Camacho de Torrebiarte (57), an anti-crime crusader, as its first female interior minister.
Mar 27, Adrienne Rich (b.1929), American feminist poet, died in her Santa Cruz, Ca., home after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
Mar 27, In Pakistan SobiaBibi (25), a mother of one child, was doused with petrol and burned alive in a dispute with her husband’s family. Her 90-year-old mother-in-law was among those later named as suspects in Narowal district, northeast Lahore.