March 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • 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 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

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 9 Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 10 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show

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 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 Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch
  • 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 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
  • 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 30 Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" premieres in NYC

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.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Rose VBL Windsor, daughter of English prince Richard
  • Mar 8 Stephen Milne, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 19 Don Sparrow, Canadian illustrator
  • Mar 21 Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Mar 29 Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein, of Jordan

Deaths in History

  • Mar 5 Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • Mar 10 Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris
  • Mar 14 Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • Mar 16 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • Mar 18 Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 23 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 24 Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, murdered during mass
  • Mar 25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • Mar 25 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (b. 1901)
  • Mar 25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • Mar 31 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)