What Happened in March 1983

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 5 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 6 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Mar 6 Anne-Marie Palli wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections
  • Mar 6 New Bedford, Mass woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 10 Walter Alston, Dodgers manager, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 10 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • Mar 11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 11 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
  • Mar 11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)
  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 12 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77
  • Mar 13 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 13 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 15 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 23 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 27 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 31 Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people
  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Daniel Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 1 Elan Sara DeFan, Mexican singer-songwriter
  • Mar 1 Chris Hackett, English footballer
  • Mar 1 Blake Hawksworth, Canadian baseball player
  • Mar 1 Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress (12 Years a Slave), born in Mexico City
  • Mar 2 Glen Perkins, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian writer
  • Mar 4 Ryan Lonie, Australian football player.
  • Mar 6 Andranik Teymourian, Iranian soccer player
  • Mar 7 Manucho, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 7 Taylor Tankersley, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Mark Worrell, American baseball player.
  • Mar 9 Clint Dempsey, American footballer
  • Mar 9 Maite Perroni, singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • Mar 9 Wayne Simien, American basketball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 10 Carrie Underwood, American country singer, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma

  • Mar 10 Che'Nelle, Malaysian Australian Singer
  • Mar 10 Reena Virk, Canadian murder victim (d. 1997)
  • Mar 10 Rafe Spall, English Actor
  • Mar 13 Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer
  • Mar 14 Jordan Taylor Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Mar 14 Bakhtiyar Artayev, Kazakh boxer
  • Mar 15 Daryl Murphy, Irish footballer
  • Mar 15 Sean Biggerstaff, Scottish actor
  • Mar 16 Brandon League, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Tomasz Stolpa, Polish footballer
  • Mar 18 Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
  • Mar 19 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)
  • Mar 19 Matt Sydal, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 23 Jerome Thomas, English footballer
  • Mar 24 T. J. Ford, American basketball player
  • Mar 26 David Bennett, Canadian powerlifter and steamfitter
  • Mar 26 Michael Brendli, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 28 Ryan Ashington, English footballer
  • Mar 29 Luiza Sá, Brazilian musician
  • Mar 30 Jérémie Aliadière, French footballer
  • Mar 30 Zach Gowen, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 30 Scott Moffatt, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Mar 30 Davis Romero, Panamanian baseball player
  • Mar 30 Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
  • Mar 31 Paddy McCarthy, Irish footballer
  • Mar 31 Vlasios Maras, Greek gymnast

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 4 Actor Harrison Ford marries screenwriter Melissa Mathison (divorced 2004)

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 16 Producer Dick Wolf (36) divorces Susan Scranton after more than 13 years of marriage

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Arthur Koestler, Hung/British writer ("Darkness at Noon"), commits suicide at 77
  • Mar 3 Hergé, Belgian comics creator (b. 1907)
  • Mar 6 Thelma Pelish, actress (Pajama Game), dies at 55
  • Mar 7 Igor Markevich, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Robert Bray, actor (Corey-Lassie, Simon-Stagecoach West), dies at 65
  • Mar 8 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 Faye Emerson, actress (I've Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 65
  • Mar 9 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukraine economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Maurice Ronet, actor (Circle of Love, Frantic, Sphinx), dies at 55
  • Mar 15 Jose Luis Sert, Spanish-US architect/urban developer, dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • Mar 16 Arthur Godfrey, TV host (Arthur Godrey Show), dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 17 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Mar 18 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • Mar 18 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 20 Ivan Matveyevich Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Mar 23 Barney Clark, 1st artifical heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • Mar 23 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Martha Sleeper, actress (Spitfire), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Mar 25 Bob Waterfield, American football player (b. 1920)
  • Mar 26 Anthony F Blunt, British art historian/spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • Mar 27 James Hayter, actor (Pickwick Papers, Trio, Great Game), dies at 75
  • Mar 27 Janis Ivanovs, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Ank [Anna M] van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy), dies at 71
  • Mar 28 Martinus A Jansen, bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Stephen Murray, actor (Guilty, Silent Dust, Master Spy), dies at 70
  • Mar 31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)