What Happened in March 1980

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • Mar 1 Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Mar 1 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • Mar 1 Snow falls in Florida
  • Mar 1 The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices
  • Mar 1 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • Mar 1 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • Mar 2 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts
  • Mar 2 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • Mar 2 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Mar 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 3 The USS Nautilus is decimmissioned.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 4 Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins parliamentary election in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Mar 5 Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49
  • Mar 6 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC
  • Mar 6 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • Mar 8 Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 8 6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Mar 9 Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 9 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Sunstar '80 Golf Tournament
  • Mar 10 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show
  • Mar 11 Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 12 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Mar 12 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
  • Mar 13 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)
  • Mar 13 Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR)
  • Mar 14 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch
  • Mar 16 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 18 Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • Mar 20 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
  • Mar 20 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
  • Mar 21 On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot
  • Mar 23 Border completes 150 in each inning of Test Cricket v Pakistan
  • Mar 23 Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament
  • Mar 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
  • Mar 24 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA 59-54
  • Mar 24 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
  • Mar 24 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • Mar 26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • Mar 27 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 27 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 27 Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard
  • Mar 27 Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • Mar 27 The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
  • Mar 29 134th Grand National: Charlie Fenwick aboard Ben Nevis wins
  • Mar 30 Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 30 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Mar 31 The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Rose VBL Windsor, daughter of English prince Richard
  • Mar 1 Shahid Afridi, cricketer (ton in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings)
  • Mar 1 Djimi Traoré, Malian footballer
  • Mar 1 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricketer
  • Mar 2 Édson Nobre, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 2 Lance Cade, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 3 Mason Unck, American football player
  • Mar 4 Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 4 Jung Da Bin, South Korean actress (d. 2007)
  • Mar 4 Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Arash Markazi, American sportswriter
  • Mar 7 Laura Prepon, American actress
  • Mar 8 Stephen Milne, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 11 Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer
  • Mar 11 Dan Uggla, American baseball player
  • Mar 12 Douglas Murray, Swedish ice-hockey player
  • Mar 13 Caron Butler, American basketballer
  • Mar 13 Lee Jung-hyun, South Korean pop singer and actress
  • Mar 13 Molly Stanton, American actress
  • Mar 14 Matteo Grassotto, Italian racing driver
  • Mar 14 Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Mar 14 Aaron Brown, British/English footballer
  • Mar 14 Mercedes McNab, Canadian-born actress
  • Mar 15 Deidra Graham, Salt Lake City Utah, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Mar 15 Freddie Bynum, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Felipe Reyes, Spanish basketball player
  • Mar 16 Todd Heap, American football player
  • Mar 17 Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Sebastien Frey, French footballer
  • Mar 18 Sophia Myles, English actress
  • Mar 19 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
  • Mar 19 Don Sparrow, Canadian illustrator
  • Mar 20 Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
  • Mar 20 Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer
  • Mar 21 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian international footballer
  • Mar 21 Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Mar 21 Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41)
  • Mar 22 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • Mar 22 Shannon Bex, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • Mar 23 Russell Howard, British Comedian
  • Mar 24 Luke Edwards, Nevada City Ca, actor (Newsie)
  • Mar 24 Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 25 Carrie Lam, Hong Kong actress
  • Mar 25 Joe King, Guitarist and Co-Founder for the band The Fray
  • Mar 26 Son Ho Young, Korean singer
  • Mar 28 Cara Lewis, Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1997)
  • Mar 28 Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • Mar 28 Luke Walton, American basketball player
  • Mar 29 Kim Tae Hee, South Korean actress
  • Mar 29 Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Mar 29 Amy Mathews, Australian actress
  • Mar 30 Liriel Higa, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 30 Ricardo Osorio, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 30 Yalin, Turkish singer and songwriter
  • Mar 31 Jenny Smith, Western Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 31 Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • Mar 31 Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 29 77th Prime Minister of UK Tony Blair (26) weds barrister and lecturer Cherie Booth

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 John Jacob Niles, composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 1 Wilhelmina, high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
  • Mar 5 Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger), dies at 67
  • Mar 5 Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • Mar 10 Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris
  • Mar 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 13 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 14 Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • Mar 16 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • Mar 17 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • Mar 18 Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • Mar 18 Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies
  • Mar 21 Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 23 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 24 Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, murdered during mass
  • Mar 25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • Mar 25 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (b. 1901)
  • Mar 25 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
  • Mar 25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • Mar 26 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • Mar 28 Dick Haymes, actor (Real Life, Betrayal), dies
  • Mar 29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 31 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Mar 31 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)