What Happened in March 1981

Historical Events


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Mar 1 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC for 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Mar 1 Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
  • Mar 1 Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among the prisoners is Bobby Sands
  • Mar 2 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
  • Mar 2 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington, D.C.

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Mar 2 Discovery of minor planet 5020 Asimov, named after sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov

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Mar 3 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • Mar 5 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS)
  • Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 5 US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer
  • Mar 6 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 6 Soyuz 39 returns to Earth

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Mar 6 Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • Mar 7 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Mar 7 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
  • Mar 7 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • Mar 7 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62
  • Mar 8 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Mar 8 Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • Mar 8 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
  • Mar 9 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 9 7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Mar 11 Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet 2nd term begins
  • Mar 11 Johnny Mize & Rube Foster elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 12 Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Mar 12 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC
  • Mar 12 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 14 NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul 49-48
  • Mar 15 "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • Mar 15 Patty Hayes wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • Mar 15 Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
  • Mar 17 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
  • Mar 18 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
  • Mar 19 -21] Emmy 8th Daytime Awards - Susan Lucci loses for 2nd time
  • Mar 19 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
  • Mar 19 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • Mar 20 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron sentenced to 8 years
  • Mar 20 Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr
  • Mar 22 US 1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents
  • Mar 22 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Mar 22 Soyuz 39 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Mongolian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 22 Toshihiko Seko runs world record 25k (1:13:55.8)/30k (1:29:18.8)
  • Mar 23 US Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men
  • Mar 23 US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions
  • Mar 24 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
  • Mar 24 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy
  • Mar 24 Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • Mar 26 Police & Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia
  • Mar 26 Soyuz T-4 lands
  • Mar 27 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK
  • Mar 28 Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 m 40.18 sec)
  • Mar 28 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 28 Gabi Schonbrunn skates ladies world record 3 km (4:21.70)
  • Mar 28 Viv Richards scores century in the 1st Test at his home Antigua
  • Mar 28 Yevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (36.91 secs)
  • Mar 29 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • Mar 29 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 29 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • Mar 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 29 AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee 79-59 in Eugene
  • Mar 30 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina 63-50

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Pres Reagan shot & wounded by John W Hinckley III

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Mar 30 "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)
  • Mar 31 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: Can't Stop the Music wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 31 53rd Academy Awards: "Ordinary People", Robert De Niro & Sissy Spacek win


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Ana Hickmann, Brazilian supermodel
  • Mar 1 Adam LaVorgna, American actor
  • Mar 1 Will Power, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 1 Brad Winchester, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 2 Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress
  • Mar 3 Dusty Dvoracek, American football player
  • Mar 3 Kim Yoo-Jin (Eugene), South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 3 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • Mar 3 Sung Yu Ri, South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 4 Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity
  • Mar 4 Donny Tourette, English punk rock singer (Towers of London)
  • Mar 5 Andreas Wiig, Norwegian snowboarder
  • Mar 5 Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 5 Shugo Oshinari, Japanese actor
  • Mar 6 Ellen Muth, American actress
  • Mar 8 Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
  • Mar 9 Antonio Bryant, American football player
  • Mar 9 Anders Nøhr, Danish footballer
  • Mar 9 Clay Rapada, American baseball player
  • Mar 10 Samuel Eto'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 10 Efthimios Kouloucheris, Greek footballer
  • Mar 10 Steven Reid, English-born footballer
  • Mar 11 David Anders, American actor
  • Mar 11 Lee Evans, American football player
  • Mar 11 Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • Mar 11 LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
  • Mar 11 Paul Wall, American rapper
  • Mar 13 Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player
  • Mar 14 Bobby Jenks, American baseball player
  • Mar 14 Mei-Ting Sun, Chinese-born pianist
  • Mar 15 Mikael Forssell, Finnish footballer
  • Mar 15 Young Buck, American rapper
  • Mar 16 Curtis Granderson, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Yoav Ziv, Israeli footballer
  • Mar 16 Andrew Bree, Irish swimmer
  • Mar 17 Kyle Korver, American Basketball Player
  • Mar 17 Servet Çetin, Turkish Football Player
  • Mar 18 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 18 Tora Berger, Norwegian biathlete
  • Mar 18 Kasib Powell, American basketball player
  • Mar 19 Kim Rae Won, South Korean actor and model
  • Mar 19 Kolo Touré, Ivorian footballer
  • Mar 22 MIMS, American rapper
  • Mar 23 Luciana Carro, Canadian actress
  • Mar 23 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • Mar 23 Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 24 Ron Hainsey, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 26 Baruch Dego, Israeli football player
  • Mar 26 Jay Sean, British Asian R&B singer
  • Mar 26 Josh Wilson, American baseball player
  • Mar 27 Lin Jun Jie, Chinese Singer
  • Mar 27 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 27 Carey Davis, National Football League fullback

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Mar 28 Julia Stiles, American actress (Bourne series, Save the Last Dance), born in New York City

Actress Julia Stiles
Actress
Julia Stiles
  • Mar 28 Gareth David-Lloyd, Welsh Actor
  • Mar 28 Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
  • Mar 28 Lindsay Frimodt, American model
  • Mar 29 Megan Hilty, American actress
  • Mar 29 Jlloyd Samuel, WestIndian-born footballer
  • Mar 31 Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch swimmer

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • Mar 4 Torin Thatcher, actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies
  • Mar 4 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • Mar 5 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 George Geary, cricketer (14 Tests for England, 46 wickets), dies
  • Mar 6 Klaus Grabowski, child molester, shot by parent
  • Mar 7 John Gnagy, artist (Learn to Draw), dies at 73
  • Mar 7 Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin, Russian conductor/composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 14 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • Mar 15 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • Mar 17 Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Mar 22 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, dies at 77
  • Mar 26 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • Mar 27 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
  • Mar 30 Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • Mar 30 Noel Harford, cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies
  • Mar 31 Enid Bagnold, British playwright (b. 1889)