Historical Events in March 1981

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1st Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC for 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1st Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
  • 1st Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among the prisoners is Bobby Sands
  • 2nd Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
  • 2nd Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Wash DC

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3rd Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 3rd NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • 5th Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • 5th Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
  • 5th Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS)
  • 5th Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 5th US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer
  • 6th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 6th Soyuz 39 returns to Earth

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6th Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 6th Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • 7th Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • 7th 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
  • 7th 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • 7th 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62
  • 8th "Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • 8th Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • 8th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
  • 9th Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

9th 7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • 11th Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet 2nd term begins
  • 11th Johnny Mize & Rube Foster elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 12th Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • 12th Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC
  • 12th Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial, Richmond, VA
  • 13th NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul
  • 15th "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • 15th Patty Hayes wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • 15th Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
  • 17th FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
  • 18th Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
  • 19th -21] Emmy 8th Daytime Awards - Susan Lucci loses for 2nd time
  • 19th 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
  • 19th Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • 20th Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron sentenced to 8 years
  • 20th Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr
  • 22nd US 1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents
  • 22nd Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 22nd Soyuz 39 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Mongolian) to Salyut 6
  • 22nd Toshihiko Seko runs world record 25k (1:13:55.8)/30k (1:29:18.8)
  • 23rd US Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men
  • 23rd US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions
  • 24th "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
  • 24th Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy
  • 24th Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • 26th Police & Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia
  • 26th Soyuz T-4 lands
  • 27th John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK
  • 28th Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 m 40.18 sec)
  • 28th France performs nuclear test
  • 28th Gabi Schonbrunn skates ladies world record 3 km (4:21.70)
  • 28th Viv Richards scores century in the 1st Test at his home Antigua
  • 28th Yevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (36.91 secs)
  • 29th Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • 29th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • 29th Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • 29th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 30th 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina 63-50

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30th Pres Reagan shot & wounded by John W Hinckley III

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 30th "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)
  • 31st 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: Can't Stop the Music wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

31st 53rd Academy Awards: "Ordinary People", Robert De Niro & Sissy Spacek win