What Happened in March 1985

Historical Events

Music History

Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

  • Mar 1 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • Mar 1 Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • Mar 2 FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks

Television Premiere

Mar 3 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • Mar 3 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances

Sports History

Mar 3 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

  • Mar 3 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • Mar 4 STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida); mission cancelled
  • Mar 4 Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by US Environment Protection Agency
  • Mar 4 WWII veterans return to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
  • Mar 5 38th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Killing Fields" Best Film, Wim Wenders Best Director
  • Mar 5 Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar

Sports History

Mar 5 NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

  • Mar 6 Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale

Hall of Fame

Mar 6 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 6 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes at 1:47 in round 1 of 4 in Albany, NY in his first professional fight

Film & TV History

Mar 6 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"

  • Mar 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • Mar 8 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • Mar 8 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 9 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • Mar 9 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • Mar 10 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54
  • Mar 10 Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • Mar 10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 10 India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)

Film and TV Awards

Mar 12 11th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Joan Collins & Linda Evans win (TV)

Sports History

Mar 12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

Historic Event

Mar 13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko in Moscow

  • Mar 13 Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 14 Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 15 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Mar 15 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • Mar 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 16 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut

Sports History

Mar 16 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

Sports History

Mar 17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'

  • Mar 18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network
  • Mar 19 "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • Mar 19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • Mar 19 US Senate votes 55-45 to authorize production of the MX "Peacekeeper" intercontinental ballistic missile
  • Mar 20 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

Hall of Fame

Mar 21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame

  • Mar 21 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • Mar 22 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • Mar 23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • Mar 23 Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: "Bolero" wins
  • Mar 24 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)

Sports History

Mar 24 Third straight WTA Tour Championship for tennis legend Martina Navratilova; beats Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Historic Event

Mar 25 Edwin Meese III takes office as US Attorney General

Historic Event

Mar 26 Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

Film & TV History

Mar 27 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Mar 28 International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley

Theater Premiere

Mar 28 Neil Simon's play "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 28 STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 29 Christos Sartzetakis elected President of Greece

NHL Record

Mar 29 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

  • Mar 30 139th Grand National: Welsh jockey Hywel Davies aboard 11-year old 50/1 outsider Last Suspect wins by 1½ lengths from Mr. Snugfit
  • Mar 30 Ireland beats England, 13-10 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 6th triple Crown
  • Mar 31 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises $27,400,000
  • Mar 31 4th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Georgia, 70-65; Monarchs' Tracy Claxton, MOP
  • Mar 31 El Salvador's President José Napoleón Duarte' Christian Democratic Party wins election
  • Mar 31 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Calvin Peete shoots final round 66 to win by 3 strokes from D. A. Weibring; Peete only player to break par in all 4 rounds

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • Mar 2 Luke Pritchard, British rock singer and guitarist (The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out), born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • Mar 2 Reggie Bush, American NFL running back (Heisman Trophy 2005 [later forfeited], USC; Super Bowl 2009, New Orleans Saints), born in Spring Valley, California
  • Mar 2 Robert Iler, American actor
  • Mar 3 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 4 Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • Mar 5 Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Japanese actor
  • Mar 5 Whitney Port, Cast member of The Hills TV series
  • Mar 6 Alaska Thunderf**k [Justin Andrew Honard], American drag queen and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 6 Albert Reed, American model
  • Mar 6 Pretty Yende, South African operatic soprano, born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Mar 7 Gerwyn Price, Welsh darts player (PDC World C'ship 2021; Grand Slam of Darts 2018, 19; World Grand Prix 2020), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Mar 7 Thomas Erak, American guitarist (The Fall of Troy)
  • Mar 8 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
  • Mar 9 Parthiv Patel, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (25 Tests, 6 x 50s, 72 dismissals), born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
  • Mar 10 Casey Dienel, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and ukulele player (Wind-Up Canary), born in Massachusetts
  • Mar 10 Kim Leclerc, Canadian politician
  • Mar 10 Lassana Diarra, French footballer (Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 11 Arooj Aftab, Pakistani-American singer and composer (Mohabbat), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mar 11 Derek Schouman, American football player
  • Mar 11 Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 11 Taniela Moa, Tongan rugby union halfback (20 caps; Auckland Blues, Section Paloise RUFC), born in Tofoa, Tonga (d. 2021)
  • Mar 12 Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • Mar 12 Stromae [Paul Van Haver], Belgian rapper and songwriter, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Mar 12 Tosh Townend, American skateboarder
  • Mar 13 Alcides [Alcides Eduardo Mendes de Araújo Alves], Brazilian football player, born in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
  • Mar 13 Austin Scott, American football player, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Emile HirschEmile Hirsch (37 years old)

Mar 13 American actor (Into the Wild, Speed Racer), born in Topanga, California

  • Mar 14 Idaira, Spanish singer, born in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
  • Mar 15 Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder (Gold 2005 Winter X Games), born in Finland
  • Mar 15 Eva Amurri, American actress, born in New York City
  • Mar 15 F.V.A. Morriello, Canadian author
  • Mar 15 James MacLurcan, Australian actor (Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 15 Tom Chilton, British racing driver, born in Reigate, England
  • Mar 16 Colin O'Brady, American athlete and adventurer, first to cross Antarctica solo unassisted, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Mar 16 Nicole Trunfio, Australian supermodel, born in Merredin, Australia
  • Mar 18 Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • Mar 18 Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
  • Mar 19 Ernesto Viso, Venezuelan racing driver
  • Mar 21 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • Mar 22 Mike Jenkins, German-born American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 2009; Dallas Cowboys), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany
  • Mar 23 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • Mar 24 Haruka Ayase, Japanese actress and model
  • Mar 26 Jonathan Groff, American actor (Hamilton, Frozen), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley (37 years old)

Mar 26 English actress (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in London, England

  • Mar 26 Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Mar 27 Caroline Winberg, Swedish supermodel, born in Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden
  • Mar 27 Dario Baldauf, Austrian football player, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • Mar 27 Stijn De Smet, Belgian football player, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • Mar 28 Stan Wawrinka, Swiss tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Mar 29 Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Mar 29 Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker
  • Mar 30 Miss Fame [Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen], American drag queen, model, and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Templeton, California

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 9 Actors Laura Johnson (Falcon Crest) & Harry Hamlin (LA Law) wed

Billy Joel

Mar 23 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (34) weds American supermodel Christie Brinkley (31), on a yacht moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty; divorce in 1994

George Foreman

Mar 25 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) weds Mary Martelly


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Eugene List, American concert pianist & teacher (Eastman School of Music), dies at 66
  • Mar 2 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
  • Mar 3 Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Eric Sloane, American artist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Robert W. Woodruff, American CEO (Coca-Cola) and philanthropist, dies at 95
  • Mar 7 Victor W. Farris, American inventor (paper milk carton), dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Edward Andrews, American actor (Tea & Sympathy, Glass Bottom Boat), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 8 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33

Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko (1911-1985)

Mar 10 General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1936-80), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • Mar 13 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • Mar 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)

Eddie ShoreEddie Shore (1902-1985)

Mar 16 Canadian ice hockey player and NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins), dies of a lung infection at 82

  • Mar 16 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • Mar 16 Roger Sessions, American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), dies at 88
  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies at 59
  • Mar 18 Jack Miller, Ameerican orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Goodbye Mr Chips, Lady Vanishes), dies of Parkinson's Disease at 77
  • Mar 21 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist and writer, dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), 1st African American woman cabinet member, dies of cancer at 60
  • Mar 23 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 23 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • Mar 24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • Mar 25 Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt, Danish actor (Gertrud, Hooray for the Blue Hussars), dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Marc Chagall [Moise Shagal], Jewish Belarusan-French modernist painter and stained glass artist (La Mariée; I and the Village), dies at 97
  • Mar 28 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • Mar 29 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian singer-songwriter, and Dominican nun known as 'The Singing Nun' ("Dominique"), cities financial difficulties, and commits suicide with barbiturate overdose at 51
  • Mar 29 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States, dies at 73
  • Mar 30 Harold Peary, American actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of a heart attack at 76