March 1984 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit
  • Mar 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR #3931 Batten, #4529 Webern, #4530 Smoluchowski, #4818 Elgar, #5502 Brashear & #5943 Lovi
  • Mar 2 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
  • Mar 5 Supreme Court (5-4): city may use public money for Nativity scene
  • Mar 5 US accuse Iraq of using poison gas
  • Mar 6 Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
  • Mar 7 The United States attacks San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
  • Mar 9 Emile Gumbs' Anguilla National Alliance wins elections
  • Mar 9 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously
  • Mar 9 The Competitive Enterprise Institute in founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 12 Brtish National Union of Mine Workers headed by Arthur Scargill supports regional strikes, calls for national action
  • Mar 14 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-C mission
  • Mar 14 Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast.
  • Mar 15 Tanzania adopts constitution
  • Mar 16 Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
  • Mar 16 South Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
  • Mar 19 "Kate & Allie" premieres
  • Mar 19 John J O'Connor named 8th archbishop of New York
  • Mar 19 KSD-AM in St Louis MO changes call letters to KUSA
  • Mar 19 Mobil oil tanker spills 200,000 gallons into Columbia River
  • Mar 19 STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 20 Andy Kaufman & Fred Blassie's "My Breakfast With Blassie" premieres
  • Mar 20 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools
  • Mar 21 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
  • Mar 21 Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan
  • Mar 22 Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
  • Mar 23 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 3 km (4:20.91)
  • Mar 23 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • Mar 24 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:34.52)
  • Mar 24 Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)
  • Mar 27 Beginning of "tanker war": over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines
  • Mar 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 US ends participation in multinational Lebanon peace force
  • Mar 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 6 Becky, Japanese-British entertainer
  • Mar 11 Tom James, British rower
  • Mar 13 Yuuka Nanri, Japanese seiyū
  • Mar 20 Justine Ezarik, American Internet personality
  • Mar 26 Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean crickaeter

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 6 Martin Niemöller, German submarine capt/anti-nazi minister, dies at 92
  • Mar 7 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • Mar 11 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • Mar 14 Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/CEO (Club Rome), dies at 75
  • Mar 16 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 19 Garry Winogrand, American photographer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 26 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • Mar 28 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • Mar 30 Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • Mar 31 Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer (b. 1944)