March 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • Mar 1 Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile
  • 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

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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 Colombia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

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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
  • Mar 11 Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire
  • Mar 11 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
  • Mar 15 Eugene Marino of Atlanta, appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • Mar 15 NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • Mar 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-206
  • Mar 26 Janet B Evans swims 1500m freestyle female world record (15:52.10)
  • Mar 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 27 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 27 Wrestlemania IV at Trump Plaza, "Macho Man" Savage pins Ted Dibiase
  • Mar 29 US Congress discontinues aid to Nicaraguan contras
  • Mar 30 Tamil Nadu beat Railways by inns & 144 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium
  • Mar 31 Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for "Beloved"

Deaths in History

  • Mar 7 Divine, [Harris Milstead], female impersonator (Pink Flamingos), dies
  • Mar 8 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Glenn Cunningham, US world record miler, dies at 78
  • Mar 11 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • Mar 12 William Camp, dies at 74


Mar 15 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • Mar 27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • Mar 30 Edgar Faure, French politician (b. 1908)
  • Mar 31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)