What Happened in March 1996

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Lenny Wilkens, winningest coach in NBA, coaches his 1,000th victory

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Mar 1 New toll-free 888 area code introduced in USA
  • Mar 1 Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington & Shap England
  • Mar 2 Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator

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Mar 2 Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind v SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Mar 3 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • Mar 5 Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 6 10th American Comedy Award: James Burrows
  • Mar 6 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya
  • Mar 7 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
  • Mar 7 British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order

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Mar 7 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 7 The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament is formed.
  • Mar 9 Javed Miandad's last international in Pak's WC QF loss to India
  • Mar 9 Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in WC QF
  • Mar 9 STS 75 (Columbia 19), lands
  • Mar 10 22nd People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)
  • Mar 10 NYC Mayor Guiliani visits Israel
  • Mar 10 43rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Wake Forest beats #18 Georgia Tech, 75-74
  • Mar 10 37th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Kentucky, 84-73
  • Mar 11 Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • Mar 11 Mark Waugh scores 110 v NZ for his third century of the World Cup
  • Mar 11 The EU Database Directive is passed.
  • Mar 11 John Winston Howard becomes the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. His term in office is the second longest in Australian history, ending on December 3, 2007.
  • Mar 12 Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • Mar 13 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • Mar 13 At Dunblane Primary School, Scotland, 16 children and 1 teacher are shot dead by Thomas Hamilton who then commits suicide. As a result handguns were banned in the UK.
  • Mar 14 Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi
  • Mar 14 Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 16 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno
  • Mar 16 Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • Mar 17 "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • Mar 17 "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 17 Aravinda De Silva gets 107* & 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
  • Mar 17 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
  • Mar 17 Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
  • Mar 18 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
  • Mar 18 A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162.
  • Mar 20 "Love Thy Neighbor" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • Mar 20 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
  • Mar 20 UK admits humans can catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease)
  • Mar 21 "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Mar 22 Cheryl Depew, of Florida, crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • Mar 22 STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit
  • Mar 23 Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • Mar 24 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins
  • Mar 24 Eastenders star Michael French is reported to be a homosexual
  • Mar 24 Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
  • Mar 24 MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
  • Mar 25 68th Academy Awards: "Braveheart", Nicholas Cage & Susan Sarandon win
  • Mar 25 Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) approaches within 0.1018 AUs of Earth
  • Mar 25 Freedom Shoemakers on Maryport's Solway Estate closes
  • Mar 25 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Mar 25 Ice Pairs Championship at Edmonton won by Eltsova & Bushkov (RUS)
  • Mar 25 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
  • Mar 25 US issues newly-redesigned $100 bill
  • Mar 25 The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of "mad cow disease" (BSE).
  • Mar 26 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld v Vic)
  • Mar 26 The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.
  • Mar 27 "State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • Mar 28 "Seven Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Mar 29 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men
  • Mar 29 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • Mar 29 NY Yankees beats NY Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
  • Mar 30 Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI vs NZ at Port-Of-Spain
  • Mar 30 NY Mets beats NY Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game

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Mar 30 Prince Edward & girl-friend Sophie visited Graystoke Castle

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • Mar 30 149th Grand National: Mick Fitzgerald aboard Rough Quest wins
  • Mar 31 "Getting Away With Murder" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • Mar 31 "Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 66 performances
  • Mar 31 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia 83-65
  • Mar 31 1st Opening Day in history in March takes place in Seattle

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Mar 31 25th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Mar 31 Karnataka defeat Tamil Nadu on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Radio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast
  • Mar 31 Space Shuttle STS 76 (Atlantis 16), lands
  • Mar 31 Wrestlemania XII - Shawn Michaels beats Brett Hart for WWF title

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 6 Savanah Stehlin, American actress
  • Mar 8 Lorna Fitzgerald, English actress
  • Mar 9 Darsheel Safary, Youngest Indian actor to win filmfare award for best performance
  • Mar 18 Madeline Carroll, American actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Mar 24 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Actress Angelina Jolie (20) weds actor Jonny Lee Miller

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 31 Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 19 Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson Mandela after 38 years of marrage

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Margaret McKay, politician, dies at 85
  • Mar 2 Jacobo Majluta, president of Dominican Rep (1982), dies at 61
  • Mar 3 David Bowman, trade unionist, dies at 82
  • Mar 3 John Joseph Krol, cardinal, dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Leo Malet, French crime novelist, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, journalist, dies at 76
  • Mar 3 Lyle Talbot, [Henderson], actor (Plan 9 From Outer Space), dies at 76
  • Mar 3 Marguerite Duras, writer, dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • Mar 4 Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • Mar 4 Minnie Pearl, country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Joshua Compston, art impressario, dies at 26
  • Mar 5 Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed, president of Bangladesh (1975), dies
  • Mar 5 Nicolas Cotoner y Cotoner, spanish courtier, dies at 90
  • Mar 5 Whit Bissell, actor (Time Tunnel), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
  • Mar 6 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 88
  • Mar 6 Simon Cadell, actor (Enemy at the Door), dies at 45
  • Mar 7 Aled Eames, mAritime historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 8 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • Mar 8 Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, commando, dies at 89
  • Mar 8 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • Mar 9 Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Elman Ali Ahmed, peace campaigner, dies at 42
  • Mar 9 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author, dies at 67
  • Mar 9 George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
  • Mar 10 Lucius E Burch Jr, US civil rights leader, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Ross Hunter, US producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), dies at 75
  • Mar 11 Barry Appleby, cartoonist, dies at 86
  • Mar 11 Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer, dies at 92
  • Mar 11 Clifton Eugene Bancroft Robinson, public servant, dies at 70
  • Mar 11 John Henry Pyle Pafford, librarian, dies at 96
  • Mar 11 Vince Edwards, actor (Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 67
  • Mar 12 Charles Bruce Perry, professor of medicine, dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Gyula Kallai, PM of Hungry (1965-67), dies at 85
  • Mar 12 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher, dies at 67
  • Mar 13 Brian Hulls, television news cameraman, dies at 48
  • Mar 13 Krzysztof Kieslowski, film director, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Mar 13 Lucio Fulci, Italian film director "Godfather of Gore", dies at 68
  • Mar 13 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner, dies at 85
  • Mar 14 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • Mar 14 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature, dies at 69
  • Mar 14 Vic Marshall, chemist, dies at 74
  • Mar 15 Helen Chadwick, artist, dies at 42
  • Mar 15 Olga Rudge, American-born concert violinist, dies at 100
  • Mar 15 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, lawyer/diplomat, dies at 89
  • Mar 16 Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • Mar 16 Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet's bookshop), dies at 104
  • Mar 16 Peter Clemoes, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Charlie Barnett, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Mar 17 Bela Szigeti, theoretical physicist, dies at 83
  • Mar 17 Kenneth Jameson, art educationalist, dies at 83
  • Mar 17 Rene Clement, film director, dies at 83
  • Mar 17 Thomas Enders, diplomat, dies at 64
  • Mar 17 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 18 Alepoude Odysseus Elytis llis, poet, dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Christopher John Magenis Headington, musician, dies at 65
  • Mar 19 William Hutchinson Murray, mountaineer/author, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Alan Ridout, English composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 20 Claude Bourdet, human rights activist/journalist, dies at 86
  • Mar 20 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Frank Murray, police Officer, dies at 51
  • Mar 22 Claude Mauriac, writer, dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Robert Franklin Overmyer, astronaut (STS 5, STS 51-B), dies at 59
  • Mar 22 Robert Mellors, gay activist, dies at 47
  • Mar 22 Ronald George Hayward, political manager, dies at 78
  • Mar 22 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • Mar 23 Jay D. Miller, record producer, dies at 73
  • Mar 23 Peter Baer, artost/printmaker, dies at 72
  • Mar 24 Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66
  • Mar 25 John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, news commentator (BBC), dies at 91
  • Mar 26 (Elizabeth Cissie) Charlton, football matriarch, dies at 83
  • Mar 26 David Packard, electronic engineer/businessman, dies at 83
  • Mar 26 Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81
  • Mar 26 Thomas Wakefield, writer, dies at 60
  • Mar 28 Barbara McLean, film Editor, dies at 86
  • Mar 28 Charles Barnet "Roscoe" Harvey, soldier, dies at 95
  • Mar 28 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • Mar 28 Edith Fowke, folklorist, dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • Mar 28 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • Mar 28 Ken Dibbs, actor (Suddenly, Party Girl, High Society), dies at 78
  • Mar 28 Shin Kanemaru, VP of Japan (1986-87), dies at 81
  • Mar 28 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • Mar 29 Maggie Donnelly, bag lady, dies at 46
  • Mar 29 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1944)
  • Mar 30 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist, dies at 78
  • Mar 30 Ryoei Saito, businessman, dies at 79
  • Mar 31 Dante Giacosa, engineer/designer, dies at 91
  • Mar 31 Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • Mar 31 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, musician, dies at 37
  • Mar 31 Julius Young, fast food entrepreneur, dies at 73