On This Day

What Happened in March 1991

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens
  • Mar 1 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas
  • Mar 2 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • Mar 2 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Mar 2 Del Ballard Jr throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history
  • Mar 2 NC State point guard Chris Corchiani becomes 1st NCAA Div I player to record 1,000 career assists in a 89-84 loss to Wake Forest
  • Mar 2 UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
  • Mar 2 US Army controversially destroys a retreating Iraqi Republican Guard column at Rumaila Oil Field, despite a ceasefire being observed

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Mar 2 St. Louis right wing Brett Hull becomes a 70-goal scorer for the 2nd straight season and has 3 assists to help the Blues earn a 4-4 tie in Philadelphia; finishes season with NHL career-best 86 goals

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Mar 3 "Big Love" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Mar 3 David Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston

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Mar 3 Iraqi generals and US general "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss Gulf War cease fire

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf

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Mar 3 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Mar 3 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR
  • Mar 3 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • Mar 3 Miguel Trovoada installed as president of Sao Tomé e Principal

  • Mar 3 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18
  • Mar 3 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • Mar 4 Bank of Credit & Commerce Intl divests itself of 1st American Bank
  • Mar 4 Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
  • Mar 5 Iraq repealed its annexation of Kuwait
  • Mar 5 Reggie Miller (Indiana) begins NBA free throw streak of 52 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, US President George H. W. Bush told Congress that "aggression is defeated. The war is over"

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Mar 7 Iraq continues to explode oil fields in Kuwait
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 Planeloads of US troops arrive home from the Persian Gulf, Iraq hands over 40 foreign journalists & 2 American soldiers it captured
  • Mar 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
  • Mar 9 5th American Comedy Award: Dennis Wolfberg
  • Mar 9 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 62 games
  • Mar 9 US 70th manned space mission STS 39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit
  • Mar 10 Eddie Sutton is 1st NCAA coach to lead 4 schools into playoffs
  • Mar 10 Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg clinches his 4th slalom World Cup
  • Mar 10 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200 m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • Mar 10 Rico Lieder, Jens Carlowitz, Karsten Just and Thomas Schonlebe walk 4x400m indoor world record (3:03.05)
  • Mar 10 38th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 North Carolina beats #6 Duke, 96-74
  • Mar 10 32nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Tennessee, 88-69

  • Mar 10 12th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Seton Hall beats Georgetown, 74-62

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 11 17th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Kirstie Alley win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

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Mar 11 Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records

  • Mar 11 John Smith, US amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award

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Mar 11 Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf's streak of 186 weeks ranked as #1

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 12 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Mar 12 OPEC announces oil production cut to 22.3 Mbbl/d (3,550,000 m3/d)
  • Mar 13 Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
  • Mar 13 Saudi Arabia and Iran say OPEC oil production cuts will take effect April 1
  • Mar 14 Emir of Kuwait returns to Kuwait City, after the Iraqis leave
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Munich won by Isabel & Phil Duchesnay (FRA)
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Munich won by N Mishkutenok & A Dmitriev
  • Mar 14 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Munich won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 14 English Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 14 The Dave Matthews Band perform their first show as part of a benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
  • Mar 15 4 LA police are charged with beating Rodney King
  • Mar 15 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
  • Mar 15 Territories of Amapa & Roraima become states in Brazil
  • Mar 16 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash
  • Mar 16 Members of Irish Gay & Lesbian Organization march in NYC parade
  • Mar 16 NJ Net coach Bill Fitch is 4th coach to win 800 NBA games
  • Mar 16 NY Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner (#s are 18-21-32-33-35-38)
  • Mar 16 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Munich won by Kristi Yamaguchi
  • Mar 16 England beats France, 21-19 at Twickenham for it's 19th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 9th Grand Slam and 16th Triple Crown; fullback Simon Hodgkinson 4 penalties and a conversion
  • Mar 17 9 of 15 Soviet reps officially approve new union treaty
  • Mar 17 Irish Lesbians & Gays march in St. Patrick's Day parade
  • Mar 17 John Robin Baitz' "Substance of Fire" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 17 NJ raises turnpike tolls 70%

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

Mar 17 44th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Goodfellas" Best Film, Martin Scorsese Best Director

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

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Mar 18 Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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Mar 18 Philadelphia '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 18 Reggie Miller (Indiana) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games
  • Mar 19 KC Royals announce they are putting Bo Jackson on waivers
  • Mar 19 Sacramento Kings set NBA record of 29 consecutive road loses
  • Mar 19 St Louis Blues Brett Hull is 3rd NHLer to score 80 goals in a season

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Mar 19 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona Not recognizing Martin Luther King Day

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 19 Gorbachev says the Soviet Union will cut its oil exports by nearly half
  • Mar 20 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney

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Mar 20 Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Mar 20 Supreme Court rules unanimously employers can't exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage fetus
  • Mar 20 US forgives $2 billion in loans to Poland
  • Mar 21 27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide
  • Mar 21 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome
  • Mar 21 Tatsumi Fujinami beats Ric Flair for NWA wrestling championship
  • Mar 21 UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq
  • Mar 22 Law enforcement officers raid fraternities at University of Virginaa, seizing drugs
  • Mar 22 NY Daily News begins using motto "Forward with NY"
  • Mar 22 Pamela Smart (HS teacher) found guilty in NH of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband
  • Mar 23 20 Tornadoes kill 5 in Tennessee
  • Mar 23 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.12m)
  • Mar 23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • Mar 24 11th Golden Raspberry Awards: Ford Fairlane & Ghosts Can't Do It wins
  • Mar 24 Barcelona Dragons beat NY/NJ Knights 19-7 in their 1st WLAF game
  • Mar 24 Banks reopen in liberated Kuwait
  • Mar 24 NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 9-3

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Mar 24 WrestleMania VII in LA Memorial Sports Arena, CA: Hulk Hogan beats Sgt Slaughter for WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

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Mar 24 Ayrton Senna wins the Brazilian Grand Prix for the 1st time, at Interlagos, São Paulo

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 25 63rd Academy Awards: "Dances with Wolves", Kathy Bates & Jeremy Irons win

  • Mar 25 Allan Border takes 5-68 v WI at Bourda (!), Georgetown
  • Mar 25 Nigerian crude becomes competitive in US Gulf Coast as Nigeria cuts crude prices
  • Mar 26 Fuel pipe explodes under 58th street & Lexington Ave, NYC
  • Mar 26 Marc Camoletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner" premieres in London
  • Mar 26 Orlando Thunder beats San Antonio Riders in their 1st WLAF game 35-34
  • Mar 26 Victoria beat NSW by 7 wickets to win Sheffield Shield Final

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model
  • Mar 6 Tyler, the Creator [Tyler Gregory Okonma], American rapper and record producer (Flower Boy, Igor), born in Ladera Heights, California
  • Mar 8 Devon Werkheiser, American actor
  • Mar 15 Kie Kitano, Japanese actress
  • Mar 16 Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie Van Halan & Valerie Bertinelli
  • Mar 21 Antoine Griezmann, French football player (Atlético Madrid, French national team), born in Mâcon, France
  • Mar 28 Amy Bruckner, American actress

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 18 Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs

Famous Deaths


Person of interestEdwin Land

Mar 1 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, dies at 81

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • Mar 1 Katharine Blake, actress (To Have & To Hold), dies at 62
  • Mar 1 Scott Huston, American composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), dies at 42
  • Mar 2 Clark Mollenhoff, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
  • Mar 2 Freek Zoetmulder, publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-nazi, dies
  • Mar 2 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), dies at 62
  • Mar 3 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • Mar 3 Clara Eggink, Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), dies at 84
  • Mar 3 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Vance Colvig, actor (UHF, Barfly, My Chauffeur), dies at 72
  • Mar 5 August de Schryver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP), dies at 92
  • Mar 5 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma, oldest person in Netherland, dies at 109

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

Mar 7 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, dies at 87

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • Mar 7 Greta Schoon, German poet, dies at 81
  • Mar 9 Jim Hardin, former Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves pitcher (b. 1943)
  • Mar 12 Etienne Decroux, French mime (Voyage, Surprise), dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, (Nobel 1967 - discoveries concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Cor Witschge, Dutch actor (Pipo the Clown), dies at 65
  • Mar 14 Howard Ashman, song writer (Under the Sea), dies of AIDs at 40
  • Mar 14 Jef Houthuys, Belgian union leader (ACV, 1968-87), dies at 68
  • Mar 14 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • Mar 14 Robert Maroff, dies at 57
  • Mar 14 Margery Sharp, children's author (b. 1905)
  • Mar 15 Eileen Sedgwick, silent film actress (Hot Heels), dies at 93
  • Mar 16 7 members of Reba McIntire's band, killed in a plane crash
  • Mar 16 Jan H. van Roijen, Dutch ambassador to the U.S. and Netherlands Foreign Minister, dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Jack McCoy, Radio/TV personality, dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Vilma Banky, actress (Eagle, Son of Sheik, Rebel), dies at 93
  • Mar 19 John Russell Thomas, NFL general manager (Detroit Lions), dies
  • Mar 19 Ron Pagano, dies after lengthy illness at 37
  • Mar 19 Sunday Wilshin, actor (Murder by Rope), dies at 86
  • Mar 20 Conor Clapton, Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 5
  • Mar 21 Leo Fender, American inventor (Fender guitar), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Gloria Holden, actress (Dracula's Daughter, Test Pilot), dies at 73
  • Mar 22 Léon Balcer, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 22 Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 22 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), dies at 82
  • Mar 23 Dominic Bellissimo, created buffalo chicken wings, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 Fons Jansen, Dutch news reader and cabaretier, dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Mona Maris, actress (Camila, Berlin Correspondent), dies at 88
  • Mar 23 Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 Elisaveta Bagriana, Bulgarian poet (The Eternal and the Holy), dies at 97
  • Mar 24 Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government, dies at 76
  • Mar 25 Eileen Joyce, pianist, dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Lee Donn, pianist, dies of stroke at 96
  • Mar 25 Marcel Lefebvre, French Catholic prelate (b. 1905)
  • Mar 26 Frans Dohmen, union leader (Neth Catholic Mine Workers), dies at 81
  • Mar 27 Aldo Ray [Da Re], American actor (God's Little Acre, Green Beret), dies of cancer at 64
  • Mar 27 Elinor Remick Warren, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 27 Leueen McGrath, actress (Edward My Son, Saint's Vacation), dies at 77
  • Mar 27 Ralph Bates, British actor (Persecution, Graveyard), dies at 50
  • Mar 28 Carlos Montalban, actor (Bananas), dies at 85
  • Mar 29 Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of brain tumor at 40
  • Mar 29 Matt Bennett, actor (Hickey & Boggs), dies of brain tumor at 52
  • Mar 30 Jan Willem Hofstra, Dutch actor/writer (Friends of My Friends), dies
  • Mar 31 John Carter, American jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies at 61