On This Day

What Happened in March 1991

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • Mar 3 "Big Love" opens at Plymouth Theater, NYC; runs for 41 performances

Sports History

Mar 3 David Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston

Historic Event

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

Rodney King Riots

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

  • 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  • Mar 5 Iraq repealed its annexation of Kuwait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 Pacers) begins NBA free throw streak of 52 games

Historic Event

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"

  • 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

Music Concert

Mar 10 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, Gilberto Gil; Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Caetano Veloso

Film 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)

Music History

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

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

Soul Train Music Awards

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

  • 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

Sports History

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 Concert

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

Historic Event

Mar 15 4 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are charged with excessive force over the beating of 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

Plane Crash

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 New Jersey raises turnpike tolls 70%

BAFTA Awards

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • Mar 18 Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games

Sports History

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

Super Bowl

Mar 19 NFL owners strip Phoenix of the 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona not recognizing federal holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Historic Event

Mar 19 Gorbachev says the Soviet Union will cut its oil exports by nearly half

Music History

Mar 20 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney regarding home video royalties

Music History

Mar 20 Michael Jackson signs $65M deal with Sony Records to produce 6 albums

  • 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

Pro Wrestling

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 21 Quebec Nordiques goaltender Ron Tugnutt sets NHL modern-day record for most saves in a regular season non-loss game (70 of 73 shots in 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins
  • 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


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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

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 12 Lauren Holt, American comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Mar 15 Kie Kitano, Japanese actress
  • Mar 16 Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie Van Halan & Valerie Bertinelli
  • Mar 17 Cordarrelle Patterson 'The Flash', American NFL player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Mar 21 Antoine Griezmann, French football player (Atlético Madrid, French national team), born in Mâcon, France
  • Mar 26 Ramy Youssef, American comedian, writer and director (Ramy), born in New York City
  • Mar 28 Amy Bruckner, American actress
  • Mar 29 N'Golo Kante, French footballer (Chelsea), born in Paris, France

Famous Weddings

Steve Jobs

Mar 18 Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell

Famous Deaths

Edwin Land

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

  • Mar 1 Katharine Blake, South African-born British 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 1 Louis Saguer, German born French composer (Lili Merveille), dies at 83
  • 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 3 William Penney, British physicist (developed Britain's 1st atomic bomb), dies at 81
  • 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

Cool Papa Bell

Mar 7 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American Baseball HOF center fielder (NgL WorLd Series 1943, 44 Homestead Grays; 8 x NgL All Star; career BA .337), dies at 87

  • Mar 7 Greta Schoon, German poet, dies at 81
  • Mar 8 John Bellairs, American sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom), dies of cardiovascular disease at 53
  • Mar 9 Jim Hardin, former Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves pitcher (b. 1943)
  • Mar 9 Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Japanese composer and educator, dies at 84
  • 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 13 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), dies of cancer at 83 [1]
  • Mar 14 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors; The Little Mermaid), dies of AIDS-related complications 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, American actor (Taxi Driver) dies at 57
  • Mar 14 Margery Sharp, English children's author (The Rescuers), dies at 86
  • 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 to his death out of 53rd floor window at 5
  • Mar 21 Leo Fender, American inventor, and electric guitar designer (Telecaster; Stratocaster; Precision Bass), dies from Parkinson's disease complications 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 singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), 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, American concert pianist and 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 a brain tumor at 40
  • Mar 29 Matt Bennett, American actor (Hickey & Boggs; The Unholy Rollers), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • 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