What Happened in March 1990

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Benin nullifies its constitution
  • Mar 1 Luis Alberto Lacelle sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • Mar 1 Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • Mar 2 Greyhound Bus goes on strike
  • Mar 2 Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec)
  • Mar 3 Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas
  • Mar 4 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 4 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
  • Mar 6 SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
  • Mar 7 3 passengers killed & 162 injured as subway train derails (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 7 H Wayne Huizenga buys ½ of Joe Robbie Stadium and 15% of Dolphins for $30m
  • Mar 8 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 1st victim, Mario Orosco
  • Mar 9 Dr Antonia Novello sworn-in as 1st hispanic/female US surgeon general
  • Mar 10 4th American Comedy Award: When Harry Met Sally
  • Mar 10 Ice Dance Championship at Halifax won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (URS)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Halifax won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 10 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Halifax won by Jill Trenary (USA)
  • Mar 10 Lt Gen Avril resigns as president of Haiti
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Halifax won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 11 16th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actor Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
  • Mar 11 Lithuania declares its Independence
  • Mar 11 Maggie Will wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International
  • Mar 11 37th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #14 Georgia Tech beats Virginia, 70-61
  • Mar 11 31st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Ole Miss, 70-51
  • Mar 11 11th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 78-75
  • Mar 12 LA Raiders announce they were returning to Oakland
  • Mar 13 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 14 4th Soul Train Music Awards: Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson win

  • Mar 14 Mikhail S Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
  • Mar 15 Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as President of Brazil
  • Mar 17 PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak
  • Mar 18 Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • Mar 18 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • Mar 18 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
  • Mar 18 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • Mar 18 Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
  • Mar 19 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)

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Mar 20 LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

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Mar 20 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident

  • Mar 21 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • Mar 21 "Normal Life" starring Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 21 "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 21 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
  • Mar 22 "Grapes of Wrath" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Mar 22 Anchorage jury finds Capt Hazelwood not guilty of Valdez oil spill
  • Mar 22 The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games
  • Mar 23 Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound & pay $50,000 in restitution for 1989 oil spill
  • Mar 24 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • Mar 24 Tom Hunter swims world record 50m freestyle (21.81 sec)
  • Mar 25 "Lettice & Lovage" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 284 performances
  • Mar 25 10th Golden Raspberry Awards: Star Trek V wins
  • Mar 25 Fire in illegal NYC social club, kills 87
  • Mar 25 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 26 62nd Academy Awards: "Driving Miss Daisy", Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Tandy win

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Mar 26 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Mar 27 Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die
  • Mar 27 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 27 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
  • Mar 28 Bengal beat Delhi in rained-out cricket Ranji Trophy final on quotient

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Mar 28 Michael Jordan scores 69 points, 4th time he scores 60 pts in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

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Mar 28 US President George H. W. Bush awards Jesse Owen the Congressional Gold Medal

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

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Mar 30 Jack Nicklaus made his debut in the "Seniors" golf tournament

  • Mar 31 "Carol & Company" starring Carol Burnette premieres on NBC-TV
  • Mar 31 Dionisio Castro cycles world record 20km (57:18.4)
  • Mar 31 Riots began in London over the new poll tax laws

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Nikolas Tsattalios, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 1 Harry Eden, English actor, born in Old Harlow, Essex
  • Mar 1 Ben Tozer, English footballer
  • Mar 4 Andrea Bowen, American actress
  • Mar 7 Abigail and Brittany Hensel, American conjoined twins
  • Mar 13 Alec Medlock, American actor
  • Mar 21 Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)
  • Mar 22 Eugenie, Princess of Britain
  • Mar 23 Eugenie OF, Princess of York/daughter of prince Andrew/Sarah Ferguson
  • Mar 24 Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress
  • Mar 27 Scott Selwood, Australian rules footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Claude Spaak, Belgian dramatist, dies
  • Mar 3 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Parool), dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Gérard Blitz, Belgian waterpoloist and entrepreneur (b. 1912)
  • Mar 4 Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • Mar 5 Gary Merrill, American actor, dies of a lung cancer at 74
  • Mar 5 Gloria Carter Spann, US President Jimmy Carter's sister, dies of cancer at 63
  • Mar 7 Max Neuhaus, American percussionalist and composer (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 50
  • Mar 10 Michael Stewart, UK Sect of State (1965-66, 68-70), dies
  • Mar 11 Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 12 Wallace Breem, British author (b. 1926)
  • Mar 13 Bruno Bettelhelm, Austrian/US psychoanalyst, commits suicide at 86
  • Mar 13 Bruno Bettelheim, American psychiatrist (b. 1903)
  • Mar 13 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (b. 1915)
  • Mar 15 Tom Harmon, NFL tail back (Heisman Trophy), dies at 70
  • Mar 15 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • Mar 15 Tom Harmon, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • Mar 16 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Capucine, French actress and fashion model (The Pink Panther), dies of suicide at 62
  • Mar 17 Rick Grech, rocker (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • Mar 18 Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
  • Mar 19 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • Mar 20 Jannetje Visser-Roosendaal, Dutch writer, dies at 90
  • Mar 20 Jev Jasjin, Russian soccer goalie, dies at 60
  • Mar 20 Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 22 Gerald Bull, Canadian engineer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 24 Alice Sapritch, actress (European Vacation), dies
  • Mar 24 An Wang, computer manufacturer (Wang), dies at 70 of cancer
  • Mar 24 Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Mar 24 Rene Enriquez, actor (Hill St Blues), dies of pancreatic cancer at 56
  • Mar 26 International Chrysis, Transvestite actor (Q&A), dies of cancer at 38
  • Mar 26 Roy "Halston" Frowick, fashion designer, dies of AIDs at 68
  • Mar 28 Helene Fortescu Reynolds, actress (Bermuda Mystery), dies at 65
  • Mar 29 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • Mar 31 Lillian "Miss" Miller, audience member (Merv Griffin, Tonight), dies