March 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Ben Johnson's coach testifies Johnson began using steroids in 1981
  • Mar 1 Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • Mar 1 The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Mar 2 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • Mar 2 Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
  • Mar 3 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • Mar 3 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • Mar 4 Eastern Airlines machinists strike
  • Mar 5 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • Mar 5 Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)
  • Mar 6 Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)
  • Mar 7 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
  • Mar 7 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • Mar 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Mar 9 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • Mar 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 12 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 12 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election
  • Mar 13 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • Mar 13 FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • Mar 13 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • Mar 15 Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • Mar 17 Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
  • Mar 18 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
  • Mar 18 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • Mar 18 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • Mar 19 Boeing B-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 19 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)
  • Mar 20 Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Mar 22 US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • Mar 23 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • Mar 23 Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter
  • Mar 24 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 26 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Mar 29 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)
  • Mar 29 I M Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris
  • Mar 29 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 14 Oliver Bernsen, son of Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays
  • Mar 16 Peaches Geldof, English Dosser
  • Mar 25 Chicken Kentucky, 1st partial birth in space (chicken)

Divorces in History

  • Mar 1 Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch radio host, dies at 64
  • Mar 9 Robert Mapplethorpe, US photographer, dies at 42
  • Mar 11 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • Mar 11 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 11 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • Mar 14 Edward Abbey (environmental author), dies after surgery at 62
  • Mar 14 Zita, Empress of Austria/Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
  • Mar 15 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • Mar 19 Alan Civil, English French horn player (b. 1929)