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-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist
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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

8th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

22nd Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

29th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 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