What Happened in March 1984

Historical Events

  • 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 3 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Election of Interest

Mar 3 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Sports History

Mar 4 Tennis legend Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 7–5, 6–1 for her 5th overall Championship title

  • 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

Music Single

Mar 9 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously

  • Mar 9 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Mar 9 The Competitive Enterprise Institute is founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 9 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 10 25th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Auburn, 51-49
  • Mar 10 5th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 82-71 (OT)
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • Mar 11 31st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats Duke, 74-62
  • Mar 12 British National Union of Mine Workers headed by Arthur Scargill supports regional strikes, calls for national action
  • Mar 13 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • Mar 13 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 14 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating of STS 41-C mission

Assassination Attempt

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 17 Scotland beats France, 21-12 at Murrayfield to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright and Triple Crown for first time since 1938; Grand Slam first time since 1925

Television Premiere

Mar 19 American sitcom "Kate & Allie" premieres on CBS TV starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin

  • 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

Sports History

Mar 19 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is indicted on charges of drug trafficking, embezzlement and racketeering; 25 year sentence later quashed

  • Mar 20 Andy Kaufman and Fred Blassie's film "My Breakfast With Blassie" premieres
  • Mar 20 Nigerian Major-General Babatunde Idiagbon launches a campaign on ‘National Consciousness and Enlightenment’
  • Mar 20 US Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools
  • Mar 21 Australian Allan Border scores 100* vs West Indies in a cricket test at Trinidad after scoring a 98* in his 1st innings
  • Mar 21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
  • Mar 21 Part of Central Park in New York City is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
  • Mar 21 Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan

NHL Record

Mar 22 Islander Bryan Trottier ties NHL record scores 5 seconds into game

  • 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 23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)

Sports History

Mar 23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Sports History

Mar 23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada

  • 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 24 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • 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

Music Premiere

Mar 27 Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe's rock musical "Starlight Express"

  • Mar 29 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
  • Mar 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 US ends participation in multinational Lebanon peace force
  • Mar 30 World's most valuable tip - New York police detective Robert Cunningham offers waitress Phyllis Penzo half of $1 lottery ticket, next day they win $6 million
  • Mar 31 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty wins aboard 13/1 Hallo Dandy; 23 complete the course, breaking record for most finishers

Sports History

Mar 31 Mike Bossy becomes first player in NHL history to record 7 straight 50 goal seasons; scores 50th and 51st of the year in a 3-1 New York Islanders' win at Washington

  • Mar 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Naima Mora, American model
  • Mar 2 Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress
  • Mar 3 Alexander Semin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Ai Iwamura, Japanese actress (Battle Royale), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mar 4 Kevin O'Brien, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests; 142 ODIs; 89 T20I; fastest century ever in ODI World Cup, off 50 balls v England 2011), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Mar 4 Zak Whitbread, American-born English footballer
  • Mar 6 Becky, Japanese-British entertainer
  • Mar 6 Chris Tomson, American rock drummer (Vampire Weekend), born in Upper Freehold, New Jersey,
  • Mar 7 Brandon T. Jackson, American actor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 7 Mathieu Flamini, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Marseille, France
  • Mar 8 Dave Moffatt, Canadian musician
  • Mar 9 Julia Mancuso, American Alpine skier (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Reno, Nevada
  • Mar 10 Li Yuchun [Chris Lee], Chinese singer-songwriter and actress (Supergirl), born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Mar 10 Olivia Wilde, American actress and filmmaker (House, Booksmart), born in New York City
  • Mar 11 Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese model, actress and singer
  • Mar 11 Marc-André Grondin, Canadian actor
  • Mar 11 Tom James, British rower
  • Mar 12 Jaimie Alexander, American actress (Blindspot), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Mar 12 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Shreya Ghoshal, Indian playback singer, songwriter, composer and music producer, born in Berhampore, West Bengal, India
  • Mar 13 Marc Zwiebler, German badminton player, born in Bonn, Germany
  • Mar 13 Noel Fisher, Canadian actor (Shameless, The Riches), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 13 Pieter Custers, Dutch athlete, born in Weert, Netherlands
  • Mar 13 Rachael Bella, American actress (The Ring), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Mar 13 Yuuka Nanri, Japanese actress, voice actress and pop singer, born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • Mar 14 Antoni Porowski, Canadian chef and TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 14 Liesel Matthews [Pritzker], American former child actress ("A Little Princess"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 15 Kostas Vassiliadis, Greek basketball player
  • Mar 16 Levi Brown, American football player
  • Mar 18 Vonzell Solomon, American Idol Contestant
  • Mar 19 Tanushree Dutta, Indian actress (Aashiq Banaya Aapne), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • Mar 20 Christy Carlson Romano, American actress (Even Stevens; Kim Possible), born in Milford, Connecticut
  • Mar 20 Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 20 Justine Ezarik, American Internet personality
  • Mar 20 Marcus Vick, American football player
  • Mar 20 Markus Niemelä, Finnish racing driver
  • Mar 20 Valtteri Filppula, Finnish NHL hockey player, 2005-21 (Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, and 2 other teams), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • Mar 20 Winta [Efrem], Eritrean-Norwegian R&B singer (Hot Romance (Rok With You); Nails on Chalkboard), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 21 Franck Perera, Montpellier France, racing car driver
  • Mar 24 Chris Bosh, American basketball player
  • Mar 24 Tommy Snider, American actor (Dumb and Dumber To), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Mar 25 Katharine McPhee, American singer-songwriter ("Over It") and actress (Country Comfort), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 26 Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mar 26 Sara Jean Underwood, American model (Playmate of the Year 2007), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 26 Stéphanie Lapointe, French Canadian singer (Star Académie), born in Brossard, Quebec
  • Mar 27 Emily Ann Lloyd, American actress (Apollo 13), born in Glendale, California
  • Mar 27 Jon Paul Steur, American actor (Grace Under Fire), born in Escondido, California
  • Mar 28 Christopher Samba, French-born footballer
  • Mar 28 Nikki Sanderson, British actress and model
  • Mar 28 Yordanos Abay, Ethiopian footballer
  • Mar 30 Anna Nalick, American singer-songwriter, born in Temple City, California
  • Mar 30 Mario Ančić, Croatian tennis player (world #7 2006; Davis Cup 2005), born in Split, Croatia
  • Mar 30 Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player (US Open singles 2011; 9 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Tour Finals doubles 2005, 06), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 31 Eddie Johnson, American soccer striker (63 caps; FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders), born in Bunnell, Florida
  • Mar 31 Jack Antonoff, American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Bleachers; fun.), born in Bergenfield, New Jersey
  • Mar 31 James Jones, American NFL receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 2012), born in San Jose, CA

Famous Weddings

Yannick Noah

Mar 2 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

John Elway

Mar 3 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Mar 22 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (36) weds singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England

David Hasselhoff

Mar 24 "Knight Rider" actor David Hasselhoff (32) weds "One Life to Live" actress Catherine Hickland (28)


Famous Deaths

Jackie Coogan

Mar 1 Jackie Coogan, American actor (Addams Family, The Kid, Oliver Twist), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Mar 2 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Mar 4 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 5 Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • Mar 5 Michael Sklar, American comedian (Laugh-In; Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • Mar 5 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 William Powell, American actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • Mar 6 Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (Cleopatra, Jericho, The Ten Commandments), dies from heart failure and cancer at 78
  • Mar 6 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Martin Niemöller, German theologian who supported then opposed the Nazi regime, famous for his widely quoted poem "First they came ...", dies at 92
  • Mar 6 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • Mar 10 June Marlowe, American actress (Pardon US), dies at 81
  • Mar 11 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and songwriter, dies at about 81 (b. 1903)
  • Mar 11 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • Mar 12 Arnold Ridley, English playwright and actor, dies at 88
  • Mar 13 Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF batsman), dies
  • Mar 14 Aurelio Peccei, Italian industrialist and chairman (Club of Rome), dies at 75
  • Mar 16 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 16 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 16 Roloff Beny, Canadian painter and photographer (A Time of Gods), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Mar 18 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • Mar 18 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Mar 19 Garry Winogrand, American photographer, dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 20 Stan Coveleski, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1920; AL ERA leader 1923, 25; AL strikeout leader 1920; Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators), dies at 94
  • Mar 21 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • Mar 24 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Dr Zorba), dies of cancer at 93
  • Mar 26 Ahmed Sékou Touré, first President of Guinea (1958-84), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Mar 28 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, dies at 89
  • Mar 28 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony) dies of cancer at 69
  • 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, dies of lethal injection at 39