On This Day

What Happened in March 1983

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Alpine skier Tamara McKinney becomes the first American woman to top the overall World Cup standings with 225 points
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 5 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 6 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Mar 6 In New Bedford, Massachusetts, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London

  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 10 Walter Alston, Dodgers manager, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki, Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)
  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 11 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
  • Mar 11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 12 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77
  • Mar 13 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 13 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • Mar 13 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 15 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 19 France (16-9 v Wales) and Ireland (25-15 v England) win final round matches to finish level and share the Five Nations Rugby Championship; no tie-break procedure exists before 1993

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 In a clash of tennis legends, Martina Navratilova outclasses Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-0 to win her first of 5 straight WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 23 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 27 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 28 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Hal Sutton comes from 4 strokes back with a final round 69 to win a rain-affected Monday finish by 1 stroke ahead of Bob Eastwood
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 31 Popayán Earthquake (5.5 Mw Depth) in Colombia kills 267 people, injuring some 7,500
  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," is released in the US

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Daniel Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 1 Elan Sara DeFan, Mexican singer-songwriter
  • Mar 1 Chris Hackett, English footballer
  • Mar 1 Blake Hawksworth, Canadian baseball player
  • Mar 1 Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress (12 Years a Slave), born in Mexico City
  • Mar 2 Glen Perkins, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian writer
  • Mar 4 Ryan Lonie, Australian football player.
  • Mar 6 Andranik Teymourian, Iranian soccer player
  • Mar 7 Manucho, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 7 Taylor Tankersley, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Mark Worrell, American baseball player.
  • Mar 9 Clint Dempsey, American footballer, born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Mar 9 Maite Perroni [Beorlegui], Mexican actress and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City
  • Mar 9 Wayne Simien, American basketball player (Miami Heat), born in Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Mar 10 Janet Mock, American writer, TV host and transgender rights activist (Redefining Realness), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestCarrie Underwood

Mar 10 Carrie Underwood, American country singer, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma

  • Mar 10 Che'Nelle, Malaysian Australian Singer
  • Mar 10 Reena Virk, Canadian murder victim (d. 1997)
  • Mar 10 Rafe Spall, English Actor
  • Mar 13 Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer (Olympic 2004 Gold), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • Mar 14 Jordan Taylor Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Mar 14 Bakhtiyar Artayev, Kazakh boxer
  • Mar 15 Daryl Murphy, Irish footballer
  • Mar 15 Sean Biggerstaff, Scottish actor
  • Mar 16 Brandon League, American baseball player
  • Mar 17 Martin Shkreli, American businessman (Pharma), former hedge fund manager, and convicted felon born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 18 Tomasz Stolpa, Polish footballer
  • Mar 18 Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
  • Mar 19 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)
  • Mar 19 Matt Sydal, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 23 Jerome Thomas, English footballer
  • Mar 23 Mo Farah [Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah], Somalian-born British distance runner (4 Olympic Golds), born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 23 François Gabart, French sailor (record round-the-world trip), born in Saint-Michel-d'Entraygues, France
  • Mar 24 T. J. Ford, American basketball player
  • Mar 26 David Bennett, Canadian powerlifter and steamfitter
  • Mar 26 Michael Brendli, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 28 Ryan Ashington, English footballer
  • Mar 29 Luiza Sá, Brazilian musician
  • Mar 30 Jérémie Aliadière, French footballer
  • Mar 30 Zach Gowen, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 30 Scott Moffatt, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Mar 30 Davis Romero, Panamanian baseball player
  • Mar 30 Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
  • Mar 31 Vlasios Maras, Greek gymnast (World C'ships gold, horizontal bar 2001-02), born in Athens, Greece
  • Mar 31 Hashim Amla, South African cricket batsman (first RSA Test triple century, 311), born in Durban, Natal

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 4 Actor Harrison Ford marries screenwriter Melissa Mathison (divorced 2004)


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 16 Producer Dick Wolf (36) divorces Susan Scranton after more than 13 years of marriage

Crime Drama TV Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama TV Producer
Dick Wolf

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77

Person of interestHergé

Mar 3 Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), dies at 75

Cartoonist Hergé
Cartoonist
Hergé
  • Mar 6 Thelma Pelish, actress (Pajama Game), dies at 55
  • Mar 7 Igor Markevich, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Robert Bray, actor (Corey-Lassie, Simon-Stagecoach West), dies at 65
  • Mar 7 Igor Markevitch, Russian conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), dies at 70
  • Mar 8 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 65
  • Mar 9 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukraine economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • Mar 13 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), dies of cancer at 55
  • Mar 15 José Luis Sert, Spanish-American architect and urban developer, dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • Mar 16 Arthur Godfrey, TV host (Arthur Godrey Show), dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 17 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), dies at 70
  • Mar 18 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • Mar 18 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 18 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 20 Ivan Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (analytic number theory), dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Barney Clark, 1st artifical heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • Mar 23 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Martha Sleeper, actress (Spitfire), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Mar 25 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), dies at 62
  • Mar 26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • Mar 27 James Hayter, actor (Pickwick Papers, Trio, Great Game), dies at 75
  • Mar 27 Janis Ivanovs, Latvian composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Ank [Anna M] van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy), dies at 71
  • Mar 28 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Stephen Murray, English actor (Guilty, Silent Dust, Master Spy), dies at 70
  • Mar 31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)