On This Day

What Happened in March 1987

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 6 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
  • Mar 6 Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
  • Mar 7 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Mike Tyson beats James 'Bonecrusher' Smith by unanimous decision in 12 rounds in Las Vegas for WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles

  • Mar 8 17th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,184,425
  • Mar 8 David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust
  • Mar 8 FBI apprehends most wanted Claude L Dallas, Jr in California
  • Mar 8 Nelli Cooman becomes world champion 60m indoor
  • Mar 8 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years
  • Mar 8 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • Mar 8 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • Mar 8 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
  • Mar 9 Chrysler Corp offers to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion

Album Release

Mar 9 U2 release their fifth album "The Joshua Tree" (Grammy for Best Album 1988)

  • Mar 10 Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
  • Mar 12 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances

Sports History

Mar 12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

Historic Event

Mar 12 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North

  • Mar 12 Ice Pairs World Championship at Cincinnati won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (Canada)
  • Mar 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

Historic Event

Mar 13 John Gotti, boss of the Gambino crime family, is acquitted of racketeering

  • Mar 13 Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs
  • Mar 14 Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • Mar 14 Skier Piotr Fijas jumps record 194m
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

Sports History

Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

Film and TV Awards

Mar 14 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

  • Mar 15 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances
  • Mar 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
  • Mar 15 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • Mar 17 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3

Sports History

Mar 17 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak

  • Mar 18 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns are Jessica and Matthew
  • Mar 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

World Record

Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)

  • Mar 19 Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
  • Mar 19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago

Historic Event

Mar 19 American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn

World Record

Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)

  • Mar 20 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • Mar 20 NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • Mar 20 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • Mar 20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • Mar 20 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • Mar 21 France beats Ireland, 19-13 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin the clinch the outright Five Nations Rugby Championship for the 8th time and 4th Grand Slam title
  • Mar 23 Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • Mar 23 US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

Historic Event

Mar 23 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns as chairman of the Social Democratic Party

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 24 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Mar 24 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 25 The US Supreme Court rules that gender-based workplace affirmative action plans do not constitute discrimination on the basis of sex under the Civil Rights Act 1964

Historic Event

Mar 26 August Wilson's "Fences" premieres at the 46th Street Theatre, New York City in NYC; wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 4 Tony and 3 Drama desk Awards

  • Mar 26 Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 26 NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it fails to reach orbit
  • Mar 26 National Federation of State High School Associations adopt the college 3 point shot (21 feet)

Victory in Battle

Mar 27 Chadian President Hissène Habré's troops reconquer Faya Largeau in Chad

  • Mar 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs gets underway
  • Mar 29 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44; Lady Vols guard Tonya Edwards MOP

WrestleMania

Mar 29 WrestleMania III: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI (93,173): Hulk Hogan successfully defends WWF Heavyweight title against André the Giant

Election of Interest

Mar 29 Yitzḥak Shamir re-elected chairman of right wing Likud Party

  • Mar 29 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Howard the Duck" wins
  • Mar 29 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title

Historic Event

Mar 30 Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds ($39.7 million)

  • Mar 31 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse, 74-73; Hoosiers' guard Keith Smart hits game-winner in final seconds, intercepts full court pass at the last second

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Sammie Bush, American R&B singer ("I Like It"), born in Boyton Beach, Florida

Kesha

Mar 1 Kesha [Rose Sebert], American pop singer (Tik Tok), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Mar 5 Anna Chakvetadze, Russian tennis player
  • Mar 6 Hannah Taylor-Gordon, English actress
  • Mar 6 Alexey Molchanov, Russian freediver (25 world records), born in Volgograd, Russia
  • Mar 8 Milana Vayntrub, Jewish-American actress (Other Space, This Is Us), born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
  • Mar 9 Lil' Bow Wow [Shad Gregory Moss], American rapper and actor (Beware of Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Mar 10 Emeli Sandé, British singer-songwriter ("Next To Me"), born in Sunderland, England
  • Mar 10 Tuukka Rask, Finnish NHL goaltender (Boston Bruins), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • Mar 11 Marc-Andre Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 11 Tomethy Furse, British bassist (The Horrors)
  • Mar 12 Chris Seitz, American footballer
  • Mar 13 Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti), born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 14 Robert Clark, American-Canadian actor (The Zack Files), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 15 Taiwan Brown, video jockey
  • Mar 15 Tatiana Shmailyuk, Ukrainian heavy metal vocalist (Jinjer -"Pisces"), born in Donetsk, Ukraine
  • Mar 16 Tiiu Kuik, Estonian model
  • Mar 18 Mauro Zárate, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gabriel Mercado, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Cesare Rickler, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Michal Švec, Czech footballer
  • Mar 20 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • Mar 20 Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • Mar 20 Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 20 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • Mar 20 Jô, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 20 Rollo Weeks, English actor
  • Mar 23 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, born in Trelleborg, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladeshi cricket all-rounder (Bangaladesh 217 highest score 2017), born in Magura, Bangladesh
  • Mar 25 Jason Castro, American Idol contestant
  • Mar 25 Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
  • Mar 26 Yui [Yoshioka], Japanese pop-rock singer-songwriter, and musician ("Good-bye Days"; Flower Power) and actress (A Song to the Sun), born in Koga, Japan
  • Mar 26 Joshua Herdman, English actor, born in Hampton, United Kingdom
  • Mar 28 Jonathan Van Ness, American hairstylist and TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • Mar 29 Dimitri Payet, French footballer (Marseille), born in Saint-Pierre, Réunion
  • Mar 31 Baby M [Melissa Elizabeth Stern], American infant born to a surrogate mother but later awarded to her dad William Stern
  • Mar 31 Humpy Koneru, Indian chess player (youngest woman to achieve title of grandmaster), born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 1 "The Last Picture Show" actress Cybill Shepherd (37) weds Dr. Bruce Oppenheim (38) in San Fernando Valley

Dorothy Hamill

Mar 5 Ice Skater Dorothy Hamill marries second husband Kenneth Douglas Forsythe (divorced 1995)

Nora Ephron

Mar 28 Screenwriters Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally) and Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas) marry


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Randolph Scott, American actor (Ride the High Country, Last of the Mohicans, Western Union), dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Danny Kaye [David Daniel Kaminski], American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show, White Christmas), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Mar 4 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 83
  • Mar 6 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), dies at 58
  • Mar 6 Eddie Durham, American pioneering jazz electric guitarist, trombonist (Count Basie; Jimmie Luceford), composer ("Topsy"; "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"), and bandleader (All-Star Girl Orchestra), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), dies of meningitis at 69
  • Mar 11 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Mar 13 Bernhard Grzimek, German zoologist (West Germany), dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 13 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 15 W. Sterling Cole, American politician (Rep-R-NY, Director International Atomic Energy Agency), dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, dies at 89
  • Mar 16 Scott McKay [Carl Chester Gose], American actor (Stage Door, Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies of kidney failuyre at 71
  • Mar 17 Santo Trafficante Jr., American gangster (head of the Trafficante crime family in Florida and Cuba), dies at 71
  • Mar 18 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
  • Mar 19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 19 Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • Mar 19 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 20 Norman Harris, American soul, R&B, and disco session guitarist (Philadelphia International; O'Jays; Salsoul Orchestra), dies of cardiovascular disease at 39
  • Mar 20 Rita Streich, Russian-German soprano, dies at 66
  • Mar 21 Dean Paul Martin, Jr, American singer (Dino, Desi & Billy), and actor (Misfits of Science), dies in a military aircraft crash at 35
  • Mar 21 Robert Preston [Meservey], American stage and screen actor and singer (The Music Man; Mame; The Last Starfighter), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Mar 22 Joan Shawlee [Fulton], American actress (Some Like It Hot, Prehistoric Women, The Abbott & Costello Show), dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • Mar 26 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury; Suspicion; Dream Girl), dies at 88
  • Mar 26 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), dies at 84
  • Mar 27 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Mar 28 Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer who inspired the "Sound of Music" (Trapp Family Singers), dies of heart failure at 82
  • Mar 30 Efrain Jonckheer, Premier of the Dutch Antilles, dies at 69