On This Day

What Happened in March 1988

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • Mar 1 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • Mar 1 Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky picks up a 1st period assist in Oilers' 5-3 win over LA Kings to move ahead of Gordie Howe as NHL's all time leader in career assists; Howe 1,049 assists in 26 years, Gretzky 1,050 in 9 years

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 1 For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Mar 2 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley
  • Mar 2 Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
  • Mar 2 The flaming basketball is adopted as NBA franchise Miami Heat’s official logo from over 13,000 entries; Mark Henderson submits the winning entry
  • Mar 5 Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
  • Mar 6 18th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,200,000
  • Mar 6 3 IRA suspects shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
  • Mar 6 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)

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Mar 7 Howard Stern's 1st pay-per-view "Underpants & Negligee Party"

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Mar 7 Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 7 Colombia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

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Mar 9 President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Mar 9 Actress Audrey Hepburn is appointed a UNICEF Special Ambassador (Goodwill Ambassador 1989)

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Mar 10 Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort Klosters nearly kills Prince Charles

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles

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Mar 10 NY Islanders celebrate Mike Bossy night

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 11 Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire
  • Mar 11 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 13 14th People's Choice Awards: Michael Douglas & Glenn Close win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

Actor Michael Douglas
Actor
Michael Douglas
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Mar 13 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61
  • Mar 13 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57
  • Mar 13 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68
  • Mar 15 Eugene Marino of Atlanta appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • Mar 15 NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK
  • Mar 15 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • Mar 16 Federal grand jury indicts North & Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
  • Mar 16 North Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
  • Mar 16 US sends 3,000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
  • Mar 16 Chemical attack on Kurdish town of Halabja by Iraqi forces kills 5000 civilians - largest ever chemical weapons attack
  • Mar 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
  • Mar 17 Then highest scoring NCAA basketball game to date; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • Mar 17 Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
  • Mar 19 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland

  • Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates un-official world record 10 km (15:25.25)
  • Mar 19 France edges Wales, 10-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with the Welsh with 3-1 records
  • Mar 20 David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly," premieres in NYC

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 20 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 20 Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 21 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Mar 22 US Congress overrides President Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill
  • Mar 22 WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 24 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 24 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-206
  • Mar 25 Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 25 "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas is released

  • Mar 26 Janet B Evans swims 1500m freestyle female world record (15:52.10)
  • Mar 27 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 27 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 27 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 27 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament
  • Mar 27 WrestleMania IV, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Randy "Macho Man" Savage beats Ted DiBiase for WWF Heavyweight title
  • Mar 27 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Local resident Mark McCumber wins with record total 273 (−15), 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Reid
  • Mar 29 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Mar 29 US Congress discontinues aid to Nicaraguan contras

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
  • Mar 30 Tamil Nadu beat Railways by inns & 144 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium

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Mar 31 New York Islanders celebrate defenseman Denis Potvin's 1,000 points and 1,000 NHL games at tribute night at Nassau Coliseum

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

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Mar 31 Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for her novel "Beloved"


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Katija Pevec, American actress
  • Mar 1 Yang Hyeon-jong, South Korean baseball pitcher (Korean Series 2009, 2017 [MVP]; KBO MVP 2017; KIA Tigers) born in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Mar 1 Trevor Cahill, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2010; Oakland Athletics), born in Oceanside, California
  • Mar 2 Keith Jack, British singer and actor
  • Mar 2 Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 2008), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 2 Nadine Samonte, Filipino actress
  • Mar 5 Trevor Carson, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 5 Bjarni Viðarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • Mar 8 Armanti Edwards, American college football player
  • Mar 10 Ivan Rakitić, Croatian football player (FC Barcelona, Croatian national team), born in Möhlin, Switzerland

Person of interestStephen Curry

Mar 14 Stephen Curry, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2015-16; Golden State Warriors), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • Mar 15 Ever Guzman, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 17 Grimes [Claire Boucher], Canadian musician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 21 Lee Cattermole, English footballer
  • Mar 22 Tania Raymonde, American actress
  • Mar 24 Ryan Higgins, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Mar 27 Kerri Ann Darling, American actress (Alli Fowler-Another World)
  • Mar 27 Brenda Song, American actress (The Ultimate Christmas Present), born in Carmichael, California
  • Mar 27 Holliday Grainger, English actress (The Borgias), born in Manchester, England
  • Mar 28 Lacey Turner, British soap actress

Person of interestRichard Sherman

Mar 30 Richard Sherman, American NFL cornerback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Compton, California

NFL Player Richard Sherman
NFL Player
Richard Sherman

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), dies from heart failure at 80
  • Mar 3 Lois Wilson, actress (Crash, Deluge, Bright Eyes), dies
  • Mar 3 Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98
  • Mar 5 Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian (b. 1933)
  • Mar 6 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), dies from leukemia at 54
  • Mar 7 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), dies at 83 of emphysema
  • Mar 7 Divine [Harris Glenn Milstead], American actress, drag queen and international icon of bad taste cinema (Pink Flamingos), dies of natural causes at 42
  • Mar 8 Lala Abdul Rashid, Pakistani field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 65
  • Mar 8 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 8 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83

Person of interestAndy Gibb

Mar 10 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, performer and teen idol (Bee Gees-I Just Want to Be Your Everything), dies of myocarditis at 30

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 10 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • Mar 10 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • Mar 12 Billie Rhodes, American silent film actress, dies at 93
  • Mar 12 William Camp, dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Olive Carey, American actress (Affairs With a Stranger), dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Willi Apel, German-American musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music), dies at 94

BattleDmitri Polyakov

Mar 15 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • Mar 16 Dorothy Adams Foulger, actress (Laura, Devil Commands), dies at 88
  • Mar 17 Reg Sinfield, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1938), dies
  • Mar 17 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, dies at 38
  • Mar 20 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • Mar 25 James J. Howard, American educator and Democratic Party politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 60
  • Mar 27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • Mar 29 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (4-time MLB All Star), dies of heart attack at 63
  • Mar 30 Edgar Faure, Prime Minister of France (1952, 52-56) and writer, dies at 79
  • Mar 31 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
  • Mar 31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)