What Happened in March 1987

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 3 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 6 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
  • Mar 6 Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
  • Mar 7 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Mike Tyson beats Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 8 17th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,184,425
  • Mar 8 David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust
  • Mar 8 FBI apprehends most wanted Claude L Dallas, Jr in Calif
  • Mar 8 Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
  • Mar 8 Nelli Cooman becomes world champion 60m indoor
  • Mar 8 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years
  • Mar 8 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • Mar 8 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • Mar 8 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
  • Mar 9 Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion
  • Mar 10 Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
  • Mar 11 Wayne Gretzky scores 1,500th NHL point
  • Mar 12 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances

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Mar 12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Mar 12 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North
  • Mar 12 Ice Pairs Championship at Cincinnati won by E Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (CAN)
  • Mar 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

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Mar 13 John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Mar 13 Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs
  • Mar 14 Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • Mar 14 Skier Piotr Fijas jumps record 194m
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

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Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 14 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Mar 15 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 761 performances
  • Mar 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
  • Mar 15 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • Mar 17 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
  • Mar 17 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak
  • Mar 18 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns (Jessica & Matthew)
  • Mar 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)
  • Mar 19 Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
  • Mar 19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Mar 19 PTL leader Jim Bakker resigns after sex scandal with Jessica Hahn
  • Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)
  • Mar 20 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • Mar 20 NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • Mar 20 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • Mar 20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • Mar 20 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • Mar 22 Betsy King wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open
  • Mar 23 Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • Mar 23 US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

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Mar 23 West Germany SPD chairman Willy Brandt resigns

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 24 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Mar 24 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules women/minorities may get jobs if less qualified
  • Mar 26 August Wilson's "Fences" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 26 Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 26 NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it failed to reach orbit
  • Mar 26 National Federation of State High School Associations adopt the college 3 point shot (21 feet)
  • Mar 27 President Habre's troops reconquer Faya Largeau Chad
  • Mar 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs gets underway
  • Mar 29 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44
  • Mar 29 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic

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Mar 29 Wrestlemania III: 93,173 watch Hulk Hogan beat Andre the Giant

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • Mar 29 Yitzhak Shamir re-elected chairman of right wing Herut Party
  • Mar 29 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: Howard the Duck wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 30 59th Academy Awards: "Platoon", Paul Newman & Marlee Matlin win

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin

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Mar 30 Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds ($39.7 million)

  • Mar 31 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse 74-73

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Sammie Bush, Boyton Beach Florida, American R&B singer ("I Like It")
  • Mar 1 Kesha Rose Sebert, American pop singer (Tik Tok), born in LA, CA
  • Mar 4 Cameron Wood, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 5 Anna Chakvetadze, Russian tennis player
  • Mar 6 Hannah Taylor-Gordon, English actress
  • Mar 9 Bow Wow, American rapper and actor
  • Mar 11 Marc-Andre Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 11 Tomethy Furse, British bassist (The Horrors)
  • Mar 12 Chris Seitz, American footballer
  • Mar 13 Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti)
  • Mar 15 Taiwan Brown, video jockey
  • Mar 16 Tiiu Kuik, Estonian model
  • Mar 18 Mauro Zárate, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gabriel Mercado, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Cesare Rickler, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Michal Švec, Czech footballer
  • Mar 20 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • Mar 20 Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • Mar 20 Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 20 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • Mar 20 Jô, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 20 Rollo Weeks, English actor
  • Mar 25 Jason Castro, American Idol contestant
  • Mar 25 Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
  • Mar 26 Yui, Japanese musician
  • Mar 27 Chad Denny, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 31 "Baby M" born to a surrogate mother, awarded to her dad William Stern
  • Mar 31 Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 1 "The Last Picture Show" actress Cybill Shepherd (37) weds Dr. Bruce Oppenheim (38) in San Fernando Valley

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Randolph Scott, actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Danny Kaye, comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74
  • Mar 11 [Wayne] Woody Hayes, football coach (Ohio State), dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Bernhard Grzimek, West German zoologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Gerald Moore, England, pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 15 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82
  • Mar 16 Scott McKay, actor (Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies at 71
  • Mar 17 Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Arch Oboler, radio writer (Lights Out), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
  • Mar 19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 19 Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • Mar 20 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • Mar 21 Dean Paul Martin, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), dies at 35
  • Mar 21 Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
  • Mar 22 Joan Shawlee, actress (Abbott & Costello Show), dies at 58
  • Mar 23 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • Mar 23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • Mar 26 Walter Abel, actor (Suspicion), dies at 88
  • Mar 26 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • Mar 27 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • Mar 28 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Patrick Troughton, actor (Dr Who-Dr Who), dies at 56