On This Day

What Happened in March 1982

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Ski lift malfunctions at Luz-Ardiden in Pyrenees, kills five people
  • Mar 1 NY Times raises its price from 25 cents to 30 cents
  • Mar 1 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus, sends back data
  • Mar 2 Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
  • Mar 3 Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
  • Mar 4 2nd double hat trick in Islander history-Bossy & D Potvin
  • Mar 4 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 504
  • Mar 4 Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Mar 5 Gaylord Perry (with 297 wins) signs with Seattle Mariners
  • Mar 5 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus sends back data
  • Mar 6 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • Mar 6 Susan Birmingham makes then world's loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
  • Mar 6 23rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Kentucky, 48-46
  • Mar 7 Jarmilla Kratochvilova run world record 400 m indoor (49.59 sec)
  • Mar 7 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
  • Mar 7 29th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 47-45

Historic Event

Mar 10 US President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

  • Mar 10 Saleem Malik scores 100 in 2nd inning of Test Cricket debut (v SL)
  • Mar 10 Sygyzy: all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun
  • Mar 10 Travis Jackson & Happy Chandler elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 10 The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.

Film and TV Awards

Mar 10 8th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Barbara Mandrell win (TV)

  • Mar 11 Failed military coup under Rambocus and Hawker in Suriname
  • Mar 11 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) resigns rather than face expulsion
  • Mar 11 Detroit Pistons play the Chicago Bulls, with final score of Detroit 152 to Chicago 144 and Detroit having 20 blocked shots
  • Mar 11 US boycotts Libyan crude oil
  • Mar 12 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
  • Mar 12 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"

Sports History

Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GBR)

  • Mar 13 Ice Pairs Championship at Copenhagen won by Baess & Thierbach (GDR)

Sports History

Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

  • Mar 13 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA) who lands 6 triple jumps

Television Premiere

Mar 13 ABC TV crime drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres, starring William Shatner

  • Mar 14 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • Mar 15 Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
  • Mar 15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
  • Mar 15 Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
  • Mar 17 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
  • Mar 18 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • Mar 19 National Guard jet tanker crashes killing 27
  • Mar 19 Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the U.K.
  • Mar 20 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is v Barbados
  • Mar 20 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 weeks
  • Mar 20 Rev Andries Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • Mar 20 France beats Ireland, 22-9 at the Parc des Princes, Paris but the Irish take the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-1 record and also their 5th Triple Crown
  • Mar 21 "Little Johnny Jones" opens & closes at Alvin Theater NYC
  • Mar 21 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard

Film Premiere

Mar 21 Movie "Annie" directed by John Huston, starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett premieres

  • Mar 21 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jerry Pate shoots a final round 67 to win by 2 strokes over runners-up Scott Simpson and Brad Bryant
  • Mar 22 3rd NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 3 launches
  • Mar 22 Iran offensive against Iraq

Coup d'état

Mar 23 Guatemala military coup under General Efraín Rios Montt, President Romeo Lucas flees

NHL Record

Mar 23 Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

  • Mar 24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia

Sports History

Mar 25 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season

  • Mar 25 1st broadcast of "Cagney & Lacey" starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26 Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Mar 26 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres
  • Mar 27 "Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 performances
  • Mar 27 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore
  • Mar 27 Randy Holt sets Wash Cap record of 34 penalty minutes
  • Mar 28 12th Easter Seal Telethon raises $19,500,000
  • Mar 28 1st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tech beats Cheney, 76-62; Lady Techsters' forward Janice Lawrence tournament MOP
  • Mar 28 JN Duartes' Christian Democrats win elections in El Salvador
  • Mar 28 Last AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Rutgers beat Texas 83-77 in Philadelphia
  • Mar 29 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Mommie Dearest" wins

Sports History

Mar 29 44th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Georgetown, 63-62; Tar Heels' future Hall of Fame small forward James Worthy named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

  • Mar 29 Delhi 707 beat Karnataka 705 on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 30 3rd NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 3 lands at White Sands, New Mexico
  • Mar 30 John Pielmeier's play"Agnes of God", about a nun who gives birth and insists it was immaculate conception, premieres at the Music Box Theatre. NYC, runs for 599 performances
  • Mar 31 Arkas tanker at Montz La, spills 1.47 million gallons of oil
  • Mar 31 American rock group The Doobie Brothers split up
  • Mar 31 NBA and Players Association reach a 4-year agreement that includes a 53% revenue-sharing plan in return for minimum & maximum payrolls; first of its kind in team sports

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey goaltender (Olympic gold 2006; NHL Vezina Trophy 2012; NY Rangers), born in Åre, Sweden
  • Mar 2 Ben Roethlisberger, American football quarterback (Super Bowl 2005, 08; Pro Bowl 2007, 11, 14–17; NFL passing yards leader 2014, 18; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lima, Ohio
  • Mar 2 Kevin Kurányi, German soccer striker (52 caps; Schalke 04, Dynamo Moscow), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 3 Colton Orr, Canadian ice hockey player

Jessica Biel

Mar 3 Jessica Biel, American actress (Mary Camden in 7th Heaven), born in Ely, Minnesota

  • Mar 4 Mariano Altuna, Argentine racing driver
  • Mar 4 Landon Donovan, American soccer player
  • Mar 4 K. Michelle [Pate], American singer and actress (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 5 Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player
  • Mar 5 Giorgia Palmas, Italian television personality and model
  • Mar 7 Erika Yamakawa, Japanese model and gravure idol. born on Moriaka, Japan
  • Mar 7 Kate Michael, American beauty queen
  • Mar 8 Nicolas Armindo, race car driver
  • Mar 8 Leonidas Kabantais, Greek footballer
  • Mar 8 Nicoleta Onel, Romanian gymnast
  • Mar 8 Kat Von D, Mexican-American tattoo artist
  • Mar 9 Paul Ballard, English television presenter, born in Essex
  • Mar 10 Timo Glock, German racing car driver
  • Mar 10 Katharine Isabelle, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 11 Hasan Raza, cricketer (Test cricketer at the age of 14)
  • Mar 11 Brian Anderson, Major League Baseball player

Thora Birch

Mar 11 Thora Birch, American actress (American Beauty, Ghost World), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Mar 11 Lindsey McKeon, American actress
  • Mar 12 Tobias Schweinsteiger, German footballer
  • Mar 12 Zach Miner, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 Jeremy Curl, British explorer, first non-African to cross the Tanezrouft area of the Sahara without motorized transport, born in Tokyo
  • Mar 13 Nicole Ohlde, American basketball player, born in Clay Center, Kansas
  • Mar 14 Kate Maberly, English actress (Secret Garden), born in Reigate, England
  • Mar 14 Carlos Marinelli, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 14 François Sterchele, Belgian footballer (d. 2008)
  • Mar 15 Rafael Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 15 Emily Tyndall, American actress
  • Mar 15 Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)
  • Mar 17 Steven Pienaar, South African footballer
  • Mar 18 Timo Glock German Formula 1 driver
  • Mar 18 Pedro Mantorras, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 18 Chad Cordero, American baseball player, born in Upland, California
  • Mar 19 Brad Jones, Australian footballer
  • Mar 19 Matt Littler, British actor
  • Mar 19 Jonathan Fanene, American football player
  • Mar 20 Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish footballer
  • Mar 20 José Moreira, Portuguese footballer
  • Mar 20 Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Mar 20 Nick Wheeler, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • Mar 20 Nick Blood, British actor (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), born in Aylesbury, England
  • Mar 21 Colin Turkington, British racing driver
  • Mar 21 Aaron Hill, American baseball player

Constance Wu

Mar 22 Constance Wu, Taiwanese-American actress (Fresh Off the Boat), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • Mar 22 Chris Wallace, American pop-rock singer-songwriter (The White Tie Affair - "You Look Better When I'm Drunk': solo - "Remember When (Push Rewind)"), born in Hebron, Indiana
  • Mar 23 José Raúl Contreras, Chilean soccer defender (8 caps; Santiago Wanderers; Universidad de Chile; Huachipato), born in Quilpué, Chile
  • Mar 24 Corey Hart, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Dustin McGowan, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Nivea [Hamilton], American pop singer ("Laundromat"; "Don't Mess With My Man"), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Mar 24 Eddie Peng, Taiwanese born Canadian actor (The Great Wall), born in Penghu, Taiwan
  • Mar 25 Sergey Yakovlev, Russian musical artist and painter
  • Mar 25 Álvaro Saborío, Costa Rican footballer
  • Mar 25 Danica Patrick, American auto racer (1st woman to win an IndyCar Series race), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Mar 25 Sean Faris, American actor and model
  • Mar 26 Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer and manager (Arsenal), born in San Sebastián, Spain
  • Mar 27 Kurara Chibana, Japanese beauty queen, first runner-up Miss Universe 2006, born in Naha, Japan
  • Mar 28 Sonia Agarwal, Indian actress
  • Mar 29 Hideaki Takizawa, Japanese record producer, born in Hachiōji, Japan
  • Mar 30 Jason Dohring, American actor (Veronica Mars - "Logan"), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 31 Jessica Joseph, American ice dancer (World Junior champion 1998), born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Mar 31 Tal Ben Haim, Israeli soccer defender (Israel 96 caps), born in Rishon LeZion, Israel
  • Mar 31 Philippe Mexès, French soccer defender (France 29 caps), born in Toulouse, France
  • Mar 31 Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
  • Mar 31 Brian Tyree Henry, American actor (If Beale Street Could Talk), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Chloé Zhao

Mar 31 Chloé Zhao, Chinese filmmaker and director (The Rider, Nomadland), born in Beijing, China


Famous Weddings

Al Unser Jr.

Mar 19 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Philip K[indred] Dick, US Sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Dr Futurity), dies at 53
  • Mar 3 Georges Perec, French writer, dies at 45
  • Mar 5 John Belushi, American comedian, actor, and singer (Saturday Night Live; Animal House; The Blues Brothers), dies of a drug overdose at 33
  • Mar 5 Clifford P. Case, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, dies at 77
  • Mar 6 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), dies of heart failure at 77
  • Mar 6 Jan Lemaire, Dutch writer and actor (Village by the River, Beautiful Juliet), dies at 97
  • Mar 7 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 9 Alan Badel, British actor (Shogun, Salome, Bill Brand), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Mar 9 Rex Marshall, American TV announcer (Circuit Rider, Herman Hickman Show), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Mar 9 Richard A Butler, England, min of Finance, dies at 79
  • Mar 10 Minoru Shirota, Japanese microbiologist and founder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
  • Mar 11 Horace Gregory, American poet, dies at 83
  • Mar 12 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Course of Events), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Albert Weisser, American composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 13 Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
  • Mar 14 Kirill Molchanov, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 17 Hans ter Laag, Dutch sound technician, murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 17 Jan Kuiper, Dutch news editor (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 17 Joop Willemsen, Dutch cameraman, murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 17 Koos Koster, Dutch newscaster (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 18 George Lampe, Dutch painter and director (Free Academy), dies at 60
  • Mar 19 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • Mar 20 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral, dies at 52
  • Mar 21 Harry H Corbett, British actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), dies at 57
  • Mar 23 Mario Praz, Italian literary critic and scholar (Casa della vita), dies at 85
  • Mar 24 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), dies at 83
  • Mar 25 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, dies at 79
  • Mar 26 Agathe Henriette de Beaufort, Dutch writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • Mar 27 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), dies at 85
  • Mar 27 Fazlur Rahman Khan, Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect (Sears Tower, Chicago; John Hancock Center, Chicago; Metrodome, Minneapolis), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Mar 28 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Carl Orff, German composer (Carmina Burana; Der Mond; Mozart Prize - 1969), dies of cancer at 86
  • Mar 29 Rudy Bond, actor (Streetcar Named Desire), dies of heart attack at 68
  • Mar 29 Walter Hallstein, W German politician (CDU, H-doctrine), dies at 80
  • Mar 29 Nathan Farragut Twining, U.S. Air Force general, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Helene Deutsch [Rosenbach], Polish-American psychoanalyst, dies at 97
  • Mar 29 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan; Jackie Gleason), dies at 79
  • Mar 29 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, dies at 65
  • Mar 29 "Fatty" George [Pressler], Austrian swing jazz clarinettist, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Mar 31 Fritz Eberhard, West German lawyer and resistor (Law), dies at 85