Historical Events in March 1980

  • Mar 1 Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • Mar 1 Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Mar 1 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • Mar 1 Snow falls in Florida
  • Mar 1 The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices
  • Mar 1 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • Mar 1 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • Mar 2 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts
  • Mar 2 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • Mar 2 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Mar 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 3 The USS Nautilus is decimmissioned.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 4 Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins parliamentary election in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Mar 5 Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49
  • Mar 6 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC
  • Mar 6 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • Mar 8 Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 8 6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Mar 9 Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 9 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Sunstar '80 Golf Tournament
  • Mar 10 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show
  • Mar 11 Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 12 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Mar 12 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
  • Mar 13 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)
  • Mar 13 Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR)
  • Mar 14 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch
  • Mar 16 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 18 Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • Mar 20 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
  • Mar 20 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
  • Mar 21 On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot
  • Mar 23 Border completes 150 in each inning of Test Cricket v Pakistan
  • Mar 23 Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament
  • Mar 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
  • Mar 24 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA 59-54
  • Mar 24 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
  • Mar 24 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • Mar 26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • Mar 27 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 27 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 27 Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard
  • Mar 27 Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • Mar 27 The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
  • Mar 29 134th Grand National: Charlie Fenwick aboard Ben Nevis wins
  • Mar 30 Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 30 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Mar 31 The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.