What Happened in March 1989

Historical Events

  • 1st Ben Johnson's coach testifies Johnson began using steroids in 1981
  • 1st Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • 1st The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 2nd 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • 2nd Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil

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2nd Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 2nd NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers win 22nd straight home game

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2nd NY Met Darryl Strawberry swings at teammate Keith Hernandez

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 3rd Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • 3rd Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • 4th Eastern Airlines machinists strike
  • 4th Javier Sotomayor high jumps indoor world record (2.43m)
  • 5th 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • 5th Blains McCallister wins Honda Golf Classic shooting 266
  • 5th Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)
  • 6th Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)
  • 7th Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
  • 7th Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)

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7th Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 8th "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • 8th Roger Kingdom runs indoor world record 60m hurdles (7.37 secs)
  • 9th Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • 9th Roger Kingdom runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.36 sec)

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9th US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 9th Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • 9th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

12th 15th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
  • 12th 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • 12th Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election
  • 12th 36th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 North Carolina beats #7 Duke, 77-74
  • 12th 30th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Florida, 72-60
  • 12th 10th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 88-79
  • 13th 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • 13th FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • 13th US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • 15th "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
  • 15th Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • 15th NY Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
  • 17th "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 17th Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
  • 18th 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
  • 18th California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • 18th Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capital record of 7 pts in a game
  • 18th In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • 19th Boeing B-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • 19th Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • 19th Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)
  • 19th Lori Garbacz wins Circle K LPGA Golf Open Tucson
  • 19th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • 19th Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)

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20th Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 20th Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • 21st 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida

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22nd Pete Rozelle announces retirement as NFL commissioner after 29 years

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 22nd US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • 22nd Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.
  • 23rd 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • 23rd Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter

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24th Mary Martin in "Peter Pan" 1st seen on TV since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 24th Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska
  • 25th "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

26th 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 26th Allison Finney wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic
  • 27th 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 27th Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 28th New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • 29th 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for the NHL
  • 29th 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)
  • 29th 61st Academy Awards: "Rainman", Dustin Hoffman & Jodie Foster win
  • 29th 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: Cocktail wins
  • 29th I M Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris
  • 29th Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

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31st Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Sonya Kitchell, American singer
  • 1st Carlos Vela, Mexican footballer
  • 3rd Erica Morningstar, Canadian Swimmer, and record holder.
  • 5th Jake Lloyd, American actor
  • 7th Gerald Anderson, Filipino actor and model
  • 9th Christina Broccolini, Canadian TV presenter
  • 11th Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 14th Oliver Bernsen, son of Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays
  • 15th Caitlin Wachs, actress (Chloe Waters-Profiler)
  • 16th Peaches Geldof, English Dosser
  • 16th Theo Walcott, English footballer
  • 16th Blake Griffin, American basketball player
  • 20th Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 25th Chicken Kentucky, 1st partial birth in space (chicken)
  • 25th Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer
  • 25th Scott Sinclair, English footballer
  • 26th Von Miller, NFL outside linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 28th Marek Suchý, Czech footballer
  • 28th Mira Leung, Canadian figure skater
  • 28th Afrikan Boy, a Nigerian rapper
  • 28th Lukas Jutkiewicz, English footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

4th Actress Phoebe Cates marries actor Kevin Kline

Famous Divorces

  • 1st Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1st "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) divorces actress Catherine Hickland (33) after nearly 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch radio host, dies at 64
  • 1st Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress/dir (Bluejackets), dies at 72

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4th Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (b. 1916)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 6th Harry Andrews, actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • 9th Robert Mapplethorpe, US photographer, dies at 42
  • 10th Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • 11th Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • 11th James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 11th John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • 12th Maurice Evans, actor (Bewitched, MacBeth), dies at 87
  • 14th Edward Abbey (environmental author), dies after surgery at 62
  • 14th Zita, Empress of Austria/Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
  • 15th Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • 17th Merritt Butrick, actor (Shy People, Wired to Kill), dies of AIDS at 29
  • 18th Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • 18th William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • 19th Alan Civil, English French horn player (b. 1929)
  • 21st Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • 27th May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • 29th Bernard Blier, actor (Les Miserables, Women & War), dies at 73
  • 30th Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies