On This Day

What Happened in March 1993

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Authorities near Waco, Texas, negotiate (unsuccessfully) with Branch Davidians

Sports History

Mar 1 New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is reinstated as general partner of the team; banned because of his relationship with convicted gambler Howie Spira

  • Mar 1 New expansion NHL team, owned in Anaheim, CA by Disney, receives its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie 'The Mighty Ducks'

Sports History

Mar 1 Pavel Bure scores twice to become the first player in Vancouver's 23 year history to record 50 goals in an NHL season as Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2 in Hamilton

Film & TV History

Mar 2 Actress Claudette Colbert suffers a stroke at 89

Sports History

Mar 2 Mario Lemieux undergoes his 22nd and final radiation treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, then joins the Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia and has a goal and assist in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers

  • Mar 2 Winnipeg Jets Finnish right wing Teemu Selänne breaks NHL record for goals by a rookie with a hat-trick in a 7-4 loss to the visiting Quebec Nordiques; passes Mike Bossy's mark of 52

Music Concert

Mar 2 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, George Michael, and Herb Alpert

  • Mar 3 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Boston (WBCN 104.1 FM-evenings)
  • Mar 4 "Goodbye Girl" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 188 performances

Film & TV History

Mar 4 Katharine Hepburn admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion

Sports History

Mar 5 Boston Celtic Larry Bird undergoes backfusion surgery

  • Mar 5 Fokker 100 crashes at Skopje Macedonia, 81 die
  • Mar 5 Marlins beat Astros 12-8 in their 1st spring training game
  • Mar 7 Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges arrested for stabbing a tenant
  • Mar 8 Katharine Hepburn released from the hospital after exhaustion
  • Mar 8 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested again on suspicion of murder
  • Mar 9 Pittsburgh Penguins begin NHL record 17 game winning streak
  • Mar 10 Physician David Gunn shot and killed by anti-abortionist Michael Frederick Griffin in Pensacola, Florida, first anti-abortion murder of a doctor in the US

Sports History

Mar 11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Prague won by Kurt Browning CAN

  • Mar 12 317 killed by bomb attacks in Bombay
  • Mar 12 Cleveland radio station WMMS-FM/101.7 is bought by Disney
  • Mar 12 Entertainment Tonight's 3,000th show
  • Mar 12 Inkhata leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi begins 2½ week speech
  • Mar 13 Blizzard of '93 hits north-east USA

Election of Interest

Mar 13 Australian Federal elections: Australian Labor Party headed by Paul Keating re-elected for a fifth term

  • Mar 14 "Conversations with My Father" closes at Royale NYC after 462 performances
  • Mar 14 "Face Value" closes at Cort Theater NYC after * performances
  • Mar 14 "Saint Joan" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Mar 14 3,000th performance of "Nunsense"
  • Mar 14 Johan Koss skates world record 5km (6:36.57)
  • Mar 14 Ricky Ponting hits twin tons for Tasmania aged 18 years 84 days
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Prague won by Ukrainian Oksana Baiul
  • Mar 14 40th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats #1 North Carolina, 77-75
  • Mar 14 34th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats LSU, 82-65
  • Mar 14 14th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Seton Hall beats Syracuse, 103-70
  • Mar 15 Vinod Kambli scores 227 v Zimbabwe, his 2nd consecutive Test 200
  • Mar 15 In a landmark case, Mohamed Tabet, police commissioner of Casablanca, is convicted of sexually abusing over 1,500 women and sentenced to death

Film and TV Awards

Mar 17 19th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)

  • Mar 17 86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta
  • Mar 18 "Sisters Rosensweig" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 556 performances
  • Mar 18 Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ12.2 billion
  • Mar 18 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
  • Mar 19 Ice Dance Championship in Prague won by M Usova & A Zhulin (RUS)
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship in Prague won by I Brasseur & L Eisler (CAN)
  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court Justice Byron R White announced plans to retire

World Record

Mar 20 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (36.02 sec)

  • Mar 20 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in Warrington, England
  • Mar 20 France beats Wales, 26-10 at Parc des Princes, Paris for it's 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship


Mar 21 Pope John Paul II beatifies Duns Scotus, a philosopher-theologian of the Middle Ages

  • Mar 21 South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl

Historic Invention

Mar 22 Intel introduces Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS

Hall of Fame

Mar 22 André the Giant's induction into inaugural WWE Hall of Fame is announced; no ceremony takes place and he is inducted posthumously

  • Mar 23 Belgian government of Jean-Luc Dehaene resigns
  • Mar 23 NY Knicks & Phoenix Suns get into a major brawl
  • Mar 24 Ezer Weizman elected president of Israel
  • Mar 25 "Candida" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances

Appointment of Interest

Mar 27 Jiang Zemin appointed President of the People's Republic of China

  • Mar 28 13th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Shining Through" wins
  • Mar 28 Conservatives win French parliamentary election
  • Mar 28 Type II supernova detected in M81 (NGC 3031)

PGA Players Championship

Mar 28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Nick Price of Zimbabwe sets a scoring record of 270 (−18) to finish 5 strokes ahead of Germany's Bernhard Langer

  • Mar 28 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Helen Alfredsson of Sweden wins her only major title, 2 strokes ahead of 3 runners-up; first non-American to win the event as a major
  • Mar 29 Queensland all out for 75 v NSW in Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 29 French government of Édouard Balladur forms

Academy Awards

Mar 29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her AIDS/HIV activism at 65th Academy Awards

  • Mar 30 Lanford Wilson's play "Redwood Curtain", starring Jeff Daniels, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 40 performances
  • Mar 30 Jamaican premier Percival Patterson wins parliamentary election
  • Mar 30 New South Wales beat Qld by eight wkts to win Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 30 Punjab beat Maharashtra by 120 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Michael Conforto, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2017; New York Mets), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 4 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, born in Livingstone, New Jersey (d.2015)
  • Mar 4 Jenna Boyd, American actress (Atypical), born in Bedford, Texas
  • Mar 4 Abigail Mavity, American actress
  • Mar 4 Yves Michel-Beneche, American actor
  • Mar 6 Ning Zetao, Chinese swimmer (2015 World Championships, 2014 Asian Games), born in Zhengzhou, China
  • Mar 9 Suga [Min Yoon-gi], Korean rapper and songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Mar 11 Jodie Comer, English actress (Killing Eve), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 11 Anthony Davis, American basketball center (2012 NBA Draft: #1 pick New Orleans Pelicans), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 14 Anthony Bennett, Canadian basketball power forward (2013 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 15 Paul Pogba, French football player (Manchester United, French national team), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France
  • Mar 15 Alia Bhatt, British-Indian actress (Highway), born in London, England
  • Mar 19 Munro Chambers, Canadian actor
  • Mar 20 Sloane Stephens, American tennis player (US Open 2017), born in Plantation, Florida
  • Mar 30 Lee Mi-hyang, South Korean golfer (ANA Inspiration 2019 runner-up), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Mar 30 Anitta [Larissa de Macedo Machado], Brazilian pop and reggaeton singer-songwriter (Show das Poderosas; Envolver), born in Rio Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 30 Ji Soo, South Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea

Famous Weddings

Eddie Murphy

Mar 18 Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC

  • Mar 20 Talk show host Morton Downey Jr (59) weds producer Lori Krebs (29) in Bellmore, New York

Larry David

Mar 31 Actor and writer Larry David (45) weds environmental activist Laurie Lennard (35)

Famous Divorces

Salman Rushdie

Mar 2 Novelist Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) divorces Marianne Wiggins

  • Mar 5 Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry divorces his wife Effi

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Luis Kutner, American co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84
  • Mar 1 Terry Frost, American actor (Waterfront, Dead Man's Trail), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
  • Mar 2 Paul D Zimmerman, American screenwriter (King of Comedy), dies at 54

Albert Sabin

Mar 3 Albert Sabin [Abram Saperstein], Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 86

  • Mar 3 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Cyril Collard, French composer/dir/actor (A Nos Amours), dies at 35
  • Mar 3 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Art Hodes, Ukrainian-born American jazz, blues pianist and editor (Jazz Record), dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Richard Sale, American pulp writer and director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Diana Ochoa, dies after long illness at 80
  • Mar 5 Peter Bierdrager, Dutch Fokker's-test pilot, dies in air crash
  • Mar 6 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • Mar 6 Douglas Marland, American soap opera writer (As the World Turns), dies at 58
  • Mar 6 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), dies at 82
  • Mar 7 Arnold Franchetti, Italian American composer, dies at about 84
  • Mar 7 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), dies of heart failure at 77
  • Mar 7 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), dies at 76
  • Mar 8 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Mar 8 Johan Bodegraven, radio host (Purses Open, Dikes Closed), dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Joop Scheltens, TV host/director (Explore Your Place), dies at 69
  • Mar 8 Wells Root, American screenwriter (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 92
  • Mar 8 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), dies of throat cancer at 69
  • Mar 9 Ad van Gessel, Dutch actor (Everything For Our Soldiers), dies
  • Mar 9 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), dies of cancer at 79
  • Mar 9 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 C. Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress) and author (Parkinson's Law), dies at 83
  • Mar 10 David Gunn, American physician, killed by anti-abortionist Michael Griffin at 47
  • Mar 11 Dino Bravo, wrestler (WWF), shot to death at 44
  • Mar 11 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • Mar 11 Manuel da Fonseca, Portuguese writer (Cerro Maior), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Andreas J A I Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Leiderdorp), dies at 62
  • Mar 12 June Valli, American singer (Crying in the Chapel), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 12 Michael Kanin, American director, writer and actor (Woman of the Year, Teacher's Pet), dies at 83
  • Mar 12 Wang Zhen, marxist/vice-premier of China (1988), dies
  • Mar 13 Ralph Smith Fults, American gangster (Bonnie & Clyde gang), dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • Mar 15 Dennis Gregory, actor (Village of the Damn), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • Mar 15 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
  • Mar 16 Chishu Ryu, Japanese actor (Autumn Afternoon), dies of cancer at 86
  • Mar 16 Djilalli Lyabes, Algerian minister of Higher Education, murdered
  • Mar 16 Don Randolph, actor (Harem Girl), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Mar 16 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Arialda), dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Mohammed Hussein Nagdi, Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered

Helen Hayes

Mar 17 Helen Hayes, American actress (Airport, Caesar & Cleopatra), dies of congestive heart failure at 92

  • Mar 17 Laadi Flici, Algerian politician and writer, assassinated at 55
  • Mar 17 Skip Young, American actor (Smokey & Hotwire Gang, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 62
  • Mar 17 Charlotte Hughes, British supercentenarian (lived under the rule of 6 monarchs and 24 British Prime Ministers), dies at 115
  • Mar 18 Robert A. Rushworth, American test pilot (X-15), dies at 68
  • Mar 19 Barend P Tammeling, journalist (Trouw, Peek on the North), dies at 58
  • Mar 19 Jeff Ward, drummer (9 Inch Nails), commits suicide at 30
  • Mar 20 Claudia Yeltsin, mother of Russian president Yeltsin, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Jonathan Ball, English youngster, killed by IRA at 3
  • Mar 22 Cec Pepper, cricketer (NSW & Commonwealth XI leggie), dies
  • Mar 22 Gret Palucca, German dancer and choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • Mar 22 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, dies at 83
  • Mar 22 Steve Olin, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies from injuries from a boating accident at 27
  • Mar 23 Tim Crews, American pitcher (LA Dodgers), dies from injuries from a boating accident under the influence of alcohol at 31
  • Mar 23 Hans Werner Richter, German writer/founder (Gruppe 47), dies at 84
  • Mar 24 Erik Andriesse, Dutch painter (skulls, skeletons), dies at 35
  • Mar 24 Peter Roovers, Dutch sculptor/teacher (war monuments), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Taylor Reed, actor (Easy Money), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Mar 24 John Hersey, American author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Luis Falco, US choreographer (Fame, Angel Heart), dies at 50
  • Mar 26 Roy Riegels, University of California football player who ran wrong way, dies at 84
  • Mar 27 Carlos Gimenez, Argentine-Venezuelan director (Theater Festival of Caracas), dies at 47
  • Mar 27 Clifford Jordan, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 27 Kate Reid, British actress (The Andromeda Strain, Heaven Help US), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 27 Katherine Hynes De Groot, dies of stroke at 88
  • Mar 27 Willem Russell [Wilhelmus Matthias Josephus Russell], Dutch politician (KVP, CDA), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
  • Mar 30 Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (Ocean Park Paintings), dies at 70
  • Mar 31 Brandon Lee, American actor (The Crow) and son of Bruce Lee, dies in an on-set firearms accident at 28
  • Mar 31 Jose Maria Lemus, president of El Salvador (1956-60), dies
  • Mar 31 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist, dies at 92
  • Mar 31 Chichay [Amparo Robles Custodio], Filipino comedienne and actress (Bilangguang puso, Ngitngit ng pitong whistle bomb), dies at 75