What Happened in March 1989

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 9 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
  • Mar 9 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • Mar 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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Mar 20 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

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Mar 31 Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 4 Actress Phoebe Cates marries actor Kevin Kline

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 1 Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

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

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

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