What Happened in March 1986

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
  • Mar 2 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
  • Mar 4 Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ
  • Mar 5 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • Mar 6 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • Mar 6 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • Mar 7 South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 7 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 8 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • Mar 8 Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 8 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • Mar 8 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 8 The Young Ones and Cliff Richard release new version of single "Living Doll" for Comic Relief charity

  • Mar 9 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • Mar 9 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

  • Mar 9 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • Mar 9 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • Mar 9 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • Mar 10 Ernie Lombardi, NL MVP in 1938, & Bobby Doerr, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 1 million days since the foundation of Rome on April 21st, 753 BC
  • Mar 11 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 11 Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km
  • Mar 11 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • Mar 12 210.25 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 12 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 13 12th People's Choice Awards: Sylvester Stallone & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone
  • Mar 13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • Mar 13 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • Mar 14 European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)
  • Mar 15 Funeral services held for murdered Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • Mar 16 Christa Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
  • Mar 17 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
  • Mar 18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • Mar 18 US Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
  • Mar 20 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (UK record)
  • Mar 20 Jacques Chirac forms French government
  • Mar 20 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • Mar 21 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 21 Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) & 3 km (4:18.02)

  • Mar 21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • Mar 22 Ehrig skates ladies world record 5 km (7:20.99)
  • Mar 22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • Mar 22 Heart's "These Dreams" single goes #1
  • Mar 22 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 22 Kania skates ladies' world record 1500m (1:59.30)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Debi Thomas (USA)
  • Mar 22 Trevor Berbick beats Pinklon Thomas in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 22 "On My Own" single released by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (Billboard Song of the Year 1986)
  • Mar 23 6th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Rambo: First Blood Part II" wins
  • Mar 23 Heavyweight Trevor Berbick KOs Pinklon Thomas
  • Mar 23 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open
  • Mar 23 First of 2 WTA Tour Championships of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 4th straight and 7th overall title 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1 against Hana Mandlíková in NYC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 24 58th Academy Awards: "Out of Africa", William Hurt & Geraldine Page win

  • Mar 24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • Mar 24 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • Mar 24 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules Air Force could ban wearing of yarmulkes
  • Mar 25 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
  • Mar 26 Geffen records signs Guns & Roses
  • Mar 27 Disney-MGM Studio Tour groundbreaking
  • Mar 28 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 hindus in Ludhiana, India
  • Mar 28 John N McMahon, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 29 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
  • Mar 30 "Tango Argentino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances
  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas beats USC 97-81
  • Mar 31 167 die when Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes
  • Mar 31 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke 72-69
  • Mar 31 English Hampton Court palace badly damaged by fire, 1 dead
  • Mar 31 Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jonathan Spector, American soccer player
  • Mar 3 Stacie Orrico, American singer
  • Mar 4 Margo Harshman, American actress
  • Mar 4 Tom De Mul, Belgian footballer
  • Mar 4 Bohdan Shust, Ukrainian footballer
  • Mar 5 Matty Fryatt, English footballer
  • Mar 6 Eli Marienthal, American actor
  • Mar 7 Ben Griffin, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 9 Brittany Snow, American actress
  • Mar 10 JC de Vera, Filipino Actor
  • Mar 12 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly), born in Bolton
  • Mar 13 Chiaki Kyan, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Mar 14 Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Mar 14 Jamie Bell, British actor
  • Mar 14 Andy Taylor, British/English footballer
  • Mar 15 Tyler Noyes, actor (CJ-One Life to Live)
  • Mar 16 Ken Doane, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 16 T. J. Jordan, American basketball player
  • Mar 17 Olesya Rulin, American actress
  • Mar 18 Bia Figueiredo, Brazilian racing driver
  • Mar 18 Abdennour Cherif El Ouazzani, Algerian footballer
  • Mar 18 Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player
  • Mar 20 Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor
  • Mar 20 Ruby Rose, Australian model, actor (Orange is the New Black) recording artist, and gender activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Mar 23 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer
  • Mar 23 Steven Strait, American actor
  • Mar 24 Kohei Hirate, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 24 Anthony McMahon, English footballer
  • Mar 25 Megan Gibson, American softball player
  • Mar 26 Jessica McClure, baby trapped in Texas well in 1988
  • Mar 27 Melissa Stern, [Baby M]/[Sara Whitehead], surrogate baby
  • Mar 27 SoCal Val [Paige Nicole Mayo], American professional wrestling valet, born in Texas
  • Mar 27 Manuel Neuer, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • Mar 28 J-Kwon [Jerrell Jones], American rapper (Tipsy), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 28 Barbora Strýcová, Czech tennis player

Person of interestLady Gaga

Mar 28 Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta], American singer-songwriter (Bad Romance), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • Mar 28 Robert Bowdrie "Bowe" Bergdahl, American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Mar 29 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, English footballer
  • Mar 30 Sergio Ramos, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 30 Beni Arashiro, Japanese singer
  • Mar 31 Cveta Majtanović, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol.

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 7 Actor Johhny Depp and Lori Depp divorce after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • Mar 2 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • Mar 4 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • Mar 4 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • Mar 4 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)

Person of interestElizabeth Smart

Mar 4 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • Mar 4 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), dies at 81
  • Mar 5 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930), dies
  • Mar 6 Adolph Caesar, actor (Club Paradise, Soldier's Story), dies

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

Mar 6 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Mar 6 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • Mar 7 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81
  • Mar 8 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • Mar 9 Ned Calmer, TV host (In the First Person), dies at 78

Person of interestRay Milland

Mar 10 Ray Milland, Welsh actor (The Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), dies at 81

  • Mar 11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • Mar 14 Benno Ammann, Swiss composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 14 Edith Atwater, American actress (Phyllis-Love on a Rooftop), dies at 74
  • Mar 14 Jozef Kresanek, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 14 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), dies at 69
  • Mar 17 Hal Buckley, actor (John Quincy-OK Crackerby), dies at 49
  • Mar 17 John Bagot Glubb, British commandant and writer (A soldier with the Arabs), dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Bernard Malamud, American writer (Fixer, Natural), dies at 71
  • Mar 21 August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • Mar 22 Charles Starrett, American actor (The Mask of Fu Manchu, Bonanza Town), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
  • Mar 22 Derek Farr, British actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), dies from cancer at 74
  • Mar 24 Sarah Cunningham, actress (Nurse Andrews-Trapper John MD), dies at 67
  • Mar 26 Bartlett Robinson, actor (Wendy & Me, Mona McCluskey), dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • Mar 28 Victor J Lopez, actor (Chuey-Man From Atlantis), dies at 39
  • Mar 28 Virginia Gilmore, American actress (Jennie, Western Union), dies at 66
  • Mar 29 Harry Ritz [Joachim], American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie), dies at 78

Person of interestJames Cagney

Mar 30 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 86

  • Mar 30 John Ciardi, US poet/interpreter (Dante), dies at 69
  • Mar 31 Jerry Paris, American director and actor (Jerry in The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 31 O'Kelly Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers), dies of heart attack at 48