On This Day

What Happened in March 1994

Historical Events

Grammy Awards

Mar 1 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win

  • Mar 1 Martti Ahtisaari inaugurated as president of Finland
  • Mar 1 Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

Music History

Mar 2 Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • Mar 2 American politician William Natcher, (Rep-D-Ky), casts his 18,401 & last consecutive vote
  • Mar 2 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn't
  • Mar 3 "Damn Yankees" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 510 performances
  • Mar 3 "Philoktetes Variations" with Ron Vawter premieres in Brussels

Sports History

Mar 3 US Internal Revenue Service investigates baseball player Darryl Strawberry

  • Mar 4 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center
  • Mar 4 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
  • Mar 5 Largest milkshake made; 1,955 gallons of chocolate in Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Mar 5 PBA National Championship won by David Traber
  • Mar 5 Jefffesron Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
  • Mar 6 Colin Jackson runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.30 sec)
  • Mar 6 United Arab Emirates beat Kenya by 2 wickets to win ICC Trophy
  • Mar 6 Referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania.
  • Mar 7 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top
  • Mar 7 Charles Taylor resigns as President of Liberia
  • Mar 7 US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women on combat ship

Historic Event

Mar 7 ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa

  • Mar 7 The United States Supreme Court rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.

Film and TV Awards

Mar 8 20th People's Choice Awards: Tom Cruise & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Roseanne Arnold win (TV)

  • Mar 8 B737 collides with Ilyushin-86 in New Delhi, at least 8 killed
  • Mar 8 US Defense Department announces smoking ban in workplaces
  • Mar 8 Train accident at Pinetown, Natal, kills 47
  • Mar 9 IRA launch 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport
  • Mar 10 1 million Greeks attend actress and activist Melina Mercouri's funeral
  • Mar 11 Eduardo Frei succeeds Patricio Aylwin as President of Chile
  • Mar 12 The Church of England ordains its first ever 33 female priests
  • Mar 13 33.3% of Austria votes for ultra-right Freedom Party
  • Mar 13 Oil tank/airship crash at Bosporus (huge fire/15+ killed)
  • Mar 13 President Mangope of Bophuthatswana deposed
  • Mar 13 41st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats Virginia, 73-66
  • Mar 13 35th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 73-60
  • Mar 13 15th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
  • Mar 14 Mexican banker and billionaire Alfredo Harp Helu kidnapped
  • Mar 14 Soyuz TM-21 launches with V Dezyurov, G Strekalov & N Thagard
  • Mar 14 Timeline of Linux development: Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released
  • Mar 15 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
  • Mar 15 Experts from AL certify the Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field is properly lit
  • Mar 16 Moravcik forms Slovakia government

Sports History

Mar 16 American figure skater Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on former Olympic teammate Nancy Kerrigan

  • Mar 17 "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances
  • Mar 17 Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan (32 killed)
  • Mar 17 It is announced there is no smoking in Cleveland Indians new ballpark
  • Mar 18 South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police
  • Mar 18 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), lands

Film & TV History

Mar 18 Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy

  • Mar 19 2,500 kilograms of cocaine intercepted in Zeewolde, Netherlands

Sports History

Mar 19 Lara scores 167 for WI v England at Georgetown

  • Mar 19 Largest omelette (1,383sq ft) made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan
  • Mar 19 NJ Devils club record 41st win of the season
  • Mar 19 England beats Wales, 15-8 at Twickenham, London but the Welsh take the Five Nations Rugby Championship as title decided by using points difference for the first time
  • Mar 20 "Cyrano - The Musical" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 137 performances
  • Mar 20 "Flowering Peach" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Mar 20 "No Man's Land" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Mar 20 14th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Indecent Proposal" wins
  • Mar 20 WrestleMania X, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Bret Hart beats Yokozuna to win WWF Championship
  • Mar 20 El Salvador's 1st presidential election following 12-year-old civil war
  • Mar 20 Mashonaland U-24 beat Matabeleland on 1st inning to win Logan Cup
  • Mar 20 Zulu-king Goodwill Zwelithini founds realm in South Africa
  • Mar 21 Anne P Sidamon-Eristoff named chairwoman of Museum of National History

Music History

Mar 21 English actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

NHL Record

Mar 21 Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals

  • Mar 21 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enters into force after being ratified by the required number of nations
  • Mar 22 Dutch Ambassador to US christens a new tulip (the Hillary Clinton)
  • Mar 22 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.68 sec)
  • Mar 22 South African government and ANC take power in Ciskei homeland
  • Mar 22 Soyuz TM-21 lands

Album Release

Mar 22 "Not a Moment Too Soon" second studio album by Tim McGraw is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

  • Mar 22 British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is the first woman to win architecture's Pritzker Prize [1]
  • Mar 23 Amy Fisher's lover Joey Buttafuoco is released from jail after 4 months & 9 days
  • Mar 23 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10 km (11:28)

Film & TV History

Mar 23 Howard Stern formally announces his Libertarian run for NY governor

Sports History

Mar 23 Last day of Test cricket for Kapil Dev

  • Mar 23 Russian Airbus A-310 crashes in Siberia (74-75 killed)
  • Mar 23 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 802 goals scored
  • Mar 23 Richard Jacobs buys naming rights to Indians new ball park at Gateway for $13.8 million (renamed Jacobs Field)
  • Mar 24 "Carousel" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 322 performances
  • Mar 24 "Song of Jacob Zulu" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Mar 24 F-16 collides with C-130 Hercules above AFB in NC, 120 die
  • Mar 25 Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 3 km (4:09.32)
  • Mar 25 Yasunori Miyabe skates world record 1000 m (1:12.37)

World Record

Mar 26 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500 m ladies (38.99 sec)

  • Mar 26 Gunda Niemann skates world record 5 km ladies (7:03.26)
  • Mar 26 Gunda Niemann skates un-official world record 10 km ladies (14:22.60)
  • Mar 26 Yuka Sato of Japan wins world figure skating championship in Tokyo
  • Mar 27 Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed
  • Mar 27 Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Mar 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Chiba won by Shishkova/Vadim Naumov (RUS)
  • Mar 27 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Chiba won by Yuka Sato (JPN)
  • Mar 27 World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Chiba won by Elvis Stojko of Canada
  • Mar 27 The Eurofighter takes its first flight in Manching, Germany

PGA Players Championship

Mar 27 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Greg Norman sets scoring record of 264 (−24) to finish 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller

Golf Major

Mar 27 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Donna Andrews wins her only major title by 1 over British runner-up Laura Davies; Andrews birdies final hole while Davies makes bogey.

  • Mar 28 Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed
  • Mar 28 Italy's right-wing alliance under Silvio Berlusconi wins election
  • Mar 28 BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for first time in United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

Justin Bieber

Mar 1 Justin Bieber, Canadian Pop Singer and musician ("Baby"; "Sorry"; "What Do You Mean?"), born in London, Ontario

  • Mar 1 Tyreek Hill, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 2020; Pro Bowl 2016–19; KC Chiefs), born in Lauderhill, Florida
  • Mar 7 Chase Kalisz, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 400m individual medley 2020; silver 2016), born in Bel Air, Maryland
  • Mar 10 Bad Bunny [Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio] Puerto Rican rapper and singer-songwriter (YHLQMDLG), born in Almirante Sur, Puerto Rico
  • Mar 14 Ansel Elgort, American actor (Fault in our Stars), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 16 Sierra McClain, American actress (Sierra James-Daddy's Little Girls), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Mar 16 Joel Embiid, Cameroonian basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Mar 17 DeForest Buckner, American NFL player, born in Waianae, Hawaii
  • Mar 26 Paige VanZant, American mixed martial artist born in Dundee, Oregon
  • Mar 29 Sulli [Choi Jin-ri], South Korean K-pop singer (f(x)) and actress (Fashion King), born in Basun, South Korea (d. 2019)
  • Mar 30 Alex Bregman, American MLB player (Houston Astros), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 13 Cuba Godding Jr (26) weds Sara Kapfer (26)
  • Mar 26 Talk show hostess Ricki Lake weds Rob Sussman
  • Mar 26 Half-brother of former President Bill Clinton and rodeo clown Roger Clinton (37) weds Molly Martin (25) in Dallas

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 24 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. divorces Emily Black

Billy Joel

Mar 26 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (45) and American supermodel Christie Brinkley (40) divorce after 9 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Manmohan Desai, Indian filmmaker (Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag), dies at 57
  • Mar 1 Timothy Andrew James Souster, British composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 1 Walter Kent, American composer (I'll Be Home for Christmas), dies at 82
  • Mar 1 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer & pianist, dies at 87
  • Mar 1 Dallas Shirley, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (officiated 2,000+ games in 33-year career), dies at 80
  • Mar 2 Donald M. MacKinnon, Scottish philosopher, dies at 80
  • Mar 2 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker, dies at 70
  • Mar 2 Charles Brink, German-born British classical scholar (Horace), dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Anita Morris, actress (Nine), dies of cancer at 50
  • Mar 3 Bob Crisp, South African cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Rhodesia, Western Province, Worcestershire), dies at 82
  • Mar 3 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, dies at 49
  • Mar 3 Ezra Stone [Chaim Feinstone], American director, actor and producer (My Living Doll, Henry Aldrich), dies in a road accident at 76
  • Mar 3 Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian and senator, dies at 90
  • Mar 3 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Polish-Israeli composer and music editor, dies at 75

John Candy

Mar 4 John Candy, American actor (SCTV, Uncle Buck), dies from a heart attack at 43

  • Mar 5 Abdullah Al-Sallal, President of Yemen (1962-67), dies
  • Mar 5 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • Mar 5 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Leighton Noble [Faye Leighton Jepson], American big band singer, bandleader, and TV host, dies at 81
  • Mar 6 Max Schubert, winemaker, dies at 89
  • Mar 6 Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, activist and politician, dies of lung cancer at 73
  • Mar 6 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, dies at 77
  • Mar 6 Tengis Abuladze, Georgia SSR MP (Penalty), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55
  • Mar 8 Joop C Swart, publisher/founder (World Press Photo), dies at 69
  • Mar 8 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), dies of bladder cancer at 76
  • Mar 9 John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
  • Mar 9 Lawrence E. Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), dies at 93
  • Mar 9 Louis Freeman, Scottish band leader, dies at 100
  • Mar 9 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Eddie Creatchman, Canadian wrestler manager (b. 1928)
  • Mar 9 Charles Bukowski, German-born American columnist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man) and writer (Hollywood: A Novel) who was described as a "laureate of American lowlife", dies of leukemia at 73
  • Mar 10 Cecil Rolph Hewitt, English journalist and policeman, dies at 92
  • Mar 10 Robert Shea, American author (Illuminatus!), dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 11 Jacques Doucet, French painter (Mostar Sarajevo), dies at 69
  • Mar 12 Sandra Paretti, German/Swiss author (Drums of Winter), dies at 59
  • Mar 13 Danny Barker, US banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St Black), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), dies at 93
  • Mar 13 Sandra Paretti, German romantic novelist, dies at 59
  • Mar 13 James Cecil "Humpy" Parker, American disgraced ex-Sheriff convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture, dies at 58
  • Mar 14 Abdelkader Alloula, Algerian playwright, assassinated by GIA terrorists (b. 1939)
  • Mar 14 Sally Mary Caroline Belfrage, American writer and journalist, dies at 57
  • Mar 15 Mae Zetterling, Swedish actress (Night Games), dies at 68
  • Mar 15 Gundaris Poné, Latvian-American violinist, composer, and educator (NYU-New Paltz, 1964-94), dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 16 (Charles) Russell Woolen, American classical keyboardist and composer (In Martyrum Memoriam), dies at 71
  • Mar 17 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, dies at 57
  • Mar 17 Harold Myers, British film journalist (Variety), dies at 81
  • Mar 17 Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and film director (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm), dies of cancer at 68
  • Mar 17 Walter Janka, German writer (Troubles with Truth), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Charlotte Auerbach, German-Born British geneticist and zoologist, dies at 94
  • Mar 17 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Giuseppe Diana, Italian anti-mafia priest, murdered
  • Mar 19 Jose Coronel Urtecho, poet, dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
  • Mar 20 Don Goddard, American news anchor (ABC Evening News, 1958-59), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Dack Rambo, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies from AIDs at 52
  • Mar 21 Lili Damita [Liliane Carré], French actress and wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Mar 21 Macdonald Carey, American actor (Days of Our Lives, Lock Up), dies of cancer at 81
  • Mar 22 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America") dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • Mar 22 Igor Aleinikov, Russian director (tractors, air crash), dies at 32
  • Mar 22 Luther Diamond, radio Personality, dies at 89
  • Mar 22 Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (Woody Woodpecker's creator), dies at 93
  • Mar 23 Alvara del Portillo, Spanish Opus Dei bishop, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, dies at 73
  • Mar 23 Jim Moloney, American actor and writer, dies of Parkinson's disease at 64
  • Mar 23 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican presidential candidate, assassinated at 44
  • Mar 24 Edith Porada, Austrian art historian and archaeologist, dies at 81
  • Mar 24 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician, assassinated
  • Mar 24 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • Mar 24 David Van Vactor, American classical composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 25 David Miles Bensusan-Butt, English economist, dies at 79
  • Mar 25 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena), dies at 32
  • Mar 26 Constantine Koukouchkine, Russian diplomat, murdered in Algeria at 41
  • Mar 26 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Dennis Hartas, flier, dies at 69
  • Mar 28 Albert Goldman, American rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon; Elvis), dies at 66
  • Mar 28 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • Mar 28 John Logan Gorlay, journalist, dies at 74
  • Mar 29 Bill Travers [William Inge Lindon-Travers], British actor, director, officer and animal rights activist (Born Free, Gorgo), dies at 72
  • Mar 29 Paul Grimault, French animator (Le Roi et l'oiseau), dies at 89
  • Mar 29 William Natcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky 1953-94), dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • Mar 31 Léon Degrelle, Belgian Walloon-Spanish facisct Rexist Party leader, and Nazi collaborator, dies of a heart attack at 87