Historical Events in March 1979

  • Mar 1 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • Mar 3 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • Mar 3 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • Mar 4 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Mar 4 200th episode of "All in the Family"
  • Mar 4 Sally Little wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Mar 4 US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
  • Mar 5 Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
  • Mar 5 Iran resumes petroleum exports
  • Mar 7 Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires
  • Mar 7 Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 7 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 8 1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io)
  • Mar 8 China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam
  • Mar 8 Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale
  • Mar 9 Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • Mar 9 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 11 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
  • Mar 11 Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game
  • Mar 13 European Monetary System is established, ECU created
  • Mar 13 Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement

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Mar 13 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 14 A Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, China, killing at least 200.
  • Mar 15 Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80

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Mar 15 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 15 Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test

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Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA
  • Mar 17 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 17 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne
  • Mar 17 The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • Mar 18 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Mar 18 Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday, Iran
  • Mar 18 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
  • Mar 20 Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
  • Mar 21 Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel
  • Mar 22 Israeli parliament approves peace treaty with Egypt
  • Mar 22 NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)
  • Mar 22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinate Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag
  • Mar 22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode 24 bombs in various locations across Northern Ireland

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 23 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 23 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • Mar 24 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • Mar 24 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes
  • Mar 24 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center

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Mar 24 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 25 Major riot at Bourda prevents day's play in WSC Supertest
  • Mar 25 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sahara National Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Mar 26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich State beats Indiana St 75-64
  • Mar 26 Camp David peace treaty between Israel & Egypt
  • Mar 26 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
  • Mar 26 Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • Mar 26 OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1
  • Mar 27 US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can't randomly stop cars
  • Mar 28 British government of Callaghan falls
  • Mar 28 Lazarus & Vosburgh's "Day in Hollywood & night in Ukraine" premieres
  • Mar 28 Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths)
  • Mar 29 Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball v Pakistan at WACA
  • Mar 29 Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London
  • Mar 29 Delhi beat Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 29 Last day of Test cricket for Mushtaq Mohammad
  • Mar 30 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.
  • Mar 31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • Mar 31 133rd Grand National: Maurice Barnes aboard Rubstic wins
  • Mar 31 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem