What Happened in March 1980

Historical Events

  • 1st Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • 1st Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1st Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • 1st Snow falls in Florida
  • 1st 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
  • 1st 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • 1st 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • 2nd 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts
  • 2nd Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • 2nd Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 3rd France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 3rd The USS Nautilus is decimmissioned.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

3rd 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

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

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

MurderMurder of Interest

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

31st 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

31st 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

31st President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 31st 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

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1st John Jacob Niles, composer, dies at 87
  • 1st Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • 1st Wilhelmina, high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
  • 5th Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger), dies at 67
  • 5th Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • 9th Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • 10th Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris
  • 12th Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 13th Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61
  • 14th Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • 16th Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • 17th Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • 18th Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • 18th Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies
  • 21st Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • 21st Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • 23rd Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • 24th Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, murdered during mass
  • 25th Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • 25th Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (b. 1901)
  • 25th Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
  • 25th James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • 26th Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • 28th Dick Haymes, actor (Real Life, Betrayal), dies
  • 29th Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • 31st Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 31st Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)