March 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among the prisoners is Bobby Sands
  • Mar 2 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
  • Mar 2 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS)
  • Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 5 US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer
  • Mar 6 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 6 Soyuz 39 returns to Earth
  • Mar 7 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
  • Mar 8 Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • Mar 11 Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet 2nd term begins
  • Mar 12 Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Mar 12 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial, Richmond, VA
  • Mar 15 "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • Mar 15 Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
  • Mar 19 -21] Emmy 8th Daytime Awards - Susan Lucci loses for 2nd time
  • Mar 19 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
  • Mar 20 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron sentenced to 8 years
  • Mar 20 Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr
  • Mar 22 US 1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents
  • Mar 22 Soyuz 39 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Mongolian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 22 Toshihiko Seko runs world record 25k (1:13:55.8)/30k (1:29:18.8)
  • Mar 23 US Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men
  • Mar 23 US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions
  • Mar 24 Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • Mar 26 Police & Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia
  • Mar 26 Soyuz T-4 lands
  • Mar 27 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK
  • Mar 28 Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 m 40.18 sec)
  • Mar 28 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 28 Gabi Schonbrunn skates ladies world record 3 km (4:21.70)
  • Mar 28 Viv Richards scores century in the 1st Test at his home Antigua
  • Mar 28 Yevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (36.91 secs)
  • Mar 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 13 Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player
  • Mar 27 Carey Davis, National Football League fullback

Deaths in History

  • Mar 6 Klaus Grabowski, child molester, shot by parent
  • Mar 7 John Gnagy, artist (Learn to Draw), dies at 73
  • Mar 22 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, dies at 77
  • Mar 27 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
  • Mar 30 Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • Mar 31 Enid Bagnold, British playwright (b. 1889)