Historical Events in March 1983

  • Mar 1 Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 5 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 6 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Mar 6 Anne-Marie Palli wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections
  • Mar 6 New Bedford, Mass, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 10 Walter Alston, Dodgers manager, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki, Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 11 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
  • Mar 11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 12 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77
  • Mar 13 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 13 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • Mar 13 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 15 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 23 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 27 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 31 Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people
  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC