Historical Events in March 1988

  • Mar 1 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • Mar 1 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • Mar 1 Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile

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Mar 1 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his record 1,050th NHL assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 2 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley
  • Mar 2 Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
  • Mar 5 Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
  • Mar 6 18th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,200,000
  • Mar 6 3 IRA suspects shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
  • Mar 6 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
  • Mar 6 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • Mar 6 Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament

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Mar 7 Howard Stern's 1st pay-per-view "Underpants & Negligee Party"

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Mar 7 Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 7 Colombia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

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Mar 9 President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Mar 10 Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort Klosters nearly kills Prince Charles

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

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Mar 10 NY Islanders celebrate Mike Bossy night

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 11 Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire
  • Mar 11 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 13 14th People's Choice Awards: Michael Douglas & Glenn Close win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

Actor Michael Douglas
Actor
Michael Douglas
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Mar 13 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61
  • Mar 13 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57
  • Mar 13 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68
  • Mar 15 Eugene Marino of Atlanta appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • Mar 15 NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK
  • Mar 15 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • Mar 16 Federal grand jury indicts North & Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
  • Mar 16 North Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
  • Mar 16 US sends 3,000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
  • Mar 16 Chemical attack on Kurdish town of Halabja by Iraqi forces kills 5000 civilians - largest ever chemical weapons attack
  • Mar 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
  • Mar 17 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • Mar 17 Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
  • Mar 19 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates un-official world record 10 km (15:25.25)
  • Mar 20 David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly," premieres in NYC

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Mar 20 Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 20 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 20 Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 21 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Mar 22 US Congress overrides President Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill
  • Mar 22 WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 24 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 24 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-206
  • Mar 25 Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 25 "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas is released

  • Mar 26 Janet B Evans swims 1500m freestyle female world record (15:52.10)
  • Mar 27 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 27 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 27 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 27 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament
  • Mar 27 Wrestlemania IV at Trump Plaza, "Macho Man" Savage pins Ted Dibiase
  • Mar 29 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Mar 29 US Congress discontinues aid to Nicaraguan contras

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Mar 30 Tamil Nadu beat Railways by inns & 144 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium

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Mar 31 NY Islanders celebrate Denis Potvin night

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Mar 31 Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for "Beloved"