What Happened in March 1995

Historical Events

Grammy Awards

Mar 1 37th Grammy Awards: "All I Want to Do" by Sheryl Crow; "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen win

  • Mar 1 Belgium ends military conscription
  • Mar 1 Jozef Oleksy succeeds Waldemar Pawlak on as premier of Poland
  • Mar 1 Julio Maria Sanguinetti sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • Mar 1 Part of Houston begins using new area code 281
  • Mar 1 Ukraine premier Vitaly Massol resigns
  • Mar 2 "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Virginia Theater NYC
  • Mar 2 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
  • Mar 2 Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed
  • Mar 2 Joe Mullen becomes 2nd NHL player to appear in 300 NHL games with 3 different teams when he plays for the Penguins in a 6-3 loss in Buffalo; Pittsburgh 379, St. Louis 301, Calgary 345
  • Mar 2 Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches
  • Mar 4 1st NYC Mayor Trophy's High school track meet in 19 years
  • Mar 4 Blind teenage boy receives a 'Bionic Eye' at a Washington Hospital

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 4 George Foreman loses WBA boxing title, refusing to fight Tony Tucker

  • Mar 4 Michael Johnson runs world record 400m indoor (44.63 sec)
  • Mar 4 Replacement NY Yankees beat NY Mets 2-1

Film and TV Awards

Mar 5 21st People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Jodie Foster win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Roseanne Barr win (TV)

  • Mar 5 Estonia Centrumlinkse Coalition party wins parliamentary election

Historic Event

Mar 5 Graves of Tsar Nicholas II and family found in St Petersburg

  • Mar 5 Marc Velzeboer skates world record 3 km short track (5:00.26)

Film & TV History

Mar 6 9th American Comedy Award: Rodney Dangerfield

  • Mar 6 American Express Travel begins charging for domestic air tickets
  • Mar 6 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Phoenix AZ on KEDJ 106.3/100.3 FM
  • Mar 7 NY becomes 38th state to have the death penalty
  • Mar 7 US dollar worth record 1.5330 Dutch guilders
  • Mar 8 -26°F (-32.2°C) in Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Mar 8 -44°F (-42.2°C) in Chosedacharad, Komi-district, on 67°N
  • Mar 8 Dutch Liberal Party wins Provincial-National elections
  • Mar 9 Baseball awards a franchise to Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • Mar 9 Mexican peso worth 7.55 pesos to a dollar (record)
  • Mar 9 President Konstantine Karamanlis (88) of Greece, resigns
  • Mar 10 Car bomb explodes in Karachi at shiite mosque, 17+ killed
  • Mar 10 Chiel Meijering's "St Louis Blues" premieres in Arnhem
  • Mar 11 -36.8°F (-38.2°C) in Chosedachar, Komi-district, on 67°N
  • Mar 11 President Nazarbajev disbands Kazakhstan parliament

Historic Event

Mar 11 Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams arrives in the US

  • Mar 11 Yolanda Chen hop-skip-jumps world indoor record 15.03m
  • Mar 12 16th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Villanova beats Connecticut, 94-78
  • Mar 12 36th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 95-93 (OT)
  • Mar 12 42nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 Wake Forest beats #4 North Carolina, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 12 Congress party loses India national election
  • Mar 12 Ice Dance Championship at Birmingham UK won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Mar 12 Ice Pairs Championship at Birmingham won by Radka Kovarikova & Rene Novotny

Sports History

Mar 12 Lara scores 139 in ODI v Australia at Port-of-Spain

  • Mar 12 Letitia Vriesde runs South American indoor record 800m (2:00.35)
  • Mar 12 World Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Birmingham won by Chen Lu (China)
  • Mar 12 World Men's Figure Skating Champions in Birmingham won by Elvis Stojko of Canada
  • Mar 13 9th Soul Train Music Awards: Boyz II Men, Anita Baker win
  • Mar 13 Anti-fascist Kazakhstan anti-parliament forms
  • Mar 13 Hungarian Forint devalued 9%
  • Mar 13 Istanbul police shoot dead 16 Alawitische demonstrators
  • Mar 14 1st time 13 people in space
  • Mar 16 Manhattan upsets 4th seeded Oklahoma 77-67
  • Mar 16 Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery & ratifies 13th Amendment
  • Mar 16 World best 7th wkt stand 461 by Bhupinder Singh Jr & P Dharmani
  • Mar 17 British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
  • Mar 17 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams visits the White House in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 17 US approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co
  • Mar 18 In a final round title decider, England beats Scotland, 24-12 at Twickenham to claim the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup

Sports History

Mar 18 Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement

  • Mar 18 STS 67 (Endeavour 8) lands after 16½ days
  • Mar 19 "Translations" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Mar 19 "Uncle Vanya" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • Mar 19 Arizona outside of Phoenix begins using new telephone area code 520

World Record

Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates female world record point total (156.450)

  • Mar 19 Finnish Social Democratic Party wins parliamentary election
  • Mar 19 Michael Jordan rejoins Chicago Bulls after 17 months, beats Pacers
  • Mar 19 NBA NY Knicks beat NY Nets in 100th meeting (Knicks 53 Nets 47)
  • Mar 19 Neil Marshall skates world record 3 km (3:54.08)

Music Single

Mar 20 Beatles release single, a cover of Shirelles song, "Baby It's You" (written by Burt Bacharach & Mack David), with late John Lennon as lead singer; 1st Fab Four single in nearly 10 years

  • Mar 20 Dow-Jones hits record 4083.68
  • Mar 20 Members of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo release sarin gas on three lines of the Tokyo subway, killing 13 people and injuring over 1,000

Film & TV History

Mar 21 New Jersey officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295

  • Mar 21 NYC agrees to sell its 2 owned radio stations (WNYC AM & FM)
  • Mar 22 Deputy Governor of Bank of England, Rupert Pennant-Rea, resigns following revelations of his affair with a freelance journalist
  • Mar 23 Dollar equals 88.41 yen (record)
  • Mar 23 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 548 performances

Sports History

Mar 25 Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years

  • Mar 26 "Defending the Caveman" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 671 performances
  • Mar 26 "Moliere Comedies" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Mar 26 15th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Color of Night" wins
  • Mar 26 Mashonaland beat Mashonaland U-24 by 165 runs to win Logan Cup
  • Mar 26 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Nanci Bowen wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Susie Redman; her sole LPGA Tour victory

PGA Players Championship

Mar 26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Lee Janzen wins by a stroke ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

  • Mar 26 The Schengen Treaty goes into effect.

Music Single

Mar 27 "Back for Good" single released by British boy band Take That, reaches No. 1 in 31 countries

  • Mar 28 Queensland beat S Aust to win 1st ever cricket Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 28 World's largest bank-Japan's Mitsubishi Bank & Bank of Tokyo merge
  • Mar 29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Chicago IL on WCKG 105.9 FM
  • Mar 30 "Arcadia" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Mar 31 Federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of US District Court in NYC issues an injunction against Major League Baseball owners in move that effectively ends 232-day strike
  • Mar 31 Ranji Trophy Cricket Final, Wankhede Stadium, Bombay: Bombay (Sanjay Manjrekar 224 in 6/690) beats Punjab (Vikram Rathour 177 in 372) on 1st innings

Davis Cup

Mar 31 Second time in tennis history, world #1 and #2 ranked players play in the same Davis Cup team; Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi score victories in US quarter-final win against Italy in Palermo


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 10 Zach LaVine, American NBA player (Chicago Bulls), born in Renton, Washington
  • Mar 17 Claressa Shields, American professional boxer (only boxer to hold all four major world titles simultaneously in two weight classes), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Mar 23 Jan Lisiecki, Canadian classical pianist, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Mar 27 Taylor Atelian, American actress (According to Jim), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Mar 30 Simone Ashley [Ashwini Pillai], English actress (Bridgerton), born in Camberley, England
  • Mar 30 Tao Geoghegan Hart, British road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 2020), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 18 Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada (31) at the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

Famous Divorces

Camilla Parker Bowles

Mar 3 Camilla Parker Bowles (46) and her husband retired Army Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles(55) divorce, after 21 years of marriage

Divorce of Interest

Mar 28 American actress Julia Roberts (26) and American singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett (37) divorce after less than 2 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 César Rodríguez Álvarez, Spanish soccer forward (12 caps; Barcelona) and manager (Zaragoza, Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Earl Blackwell, American society impresario (Celebrity Register), dies at 85
  • Mar 1 Edmund Boyd Fisher, British publisher, dies at 56
  • Mar 1 Vladislav Listyev, Russian journalist, murdered at 38
  • Mar 2 Hugo Cole, British composer and critic, dies at 77
  • Mar 2 Vladislav Listyev, TV journalist, dies at 48
  • Mar 3 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar, dies at 84
  • Mar 3 Howard Hunter, US leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1994-95), dies at 87
  • Mar 3 Howard Yanks, American founder of the Philadelphia folk festival, dies at 65
  • Mar 3 Pierre Tisseyre, publisher (Circle du livre de France), dies at 85
  • Mar 4 Eden Ahbez [George Aberle], American songwriter ("Nature Boy"; "Lonely Island), dies in a car accident at 86
  • Mar 5 (Victor) "Vivian" Stanshall, British singer and comic songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman"; Magical Mystery Tour), dies in a fire at his home, at 51
  • Mar 5 Ed Flanders, American actor (St Elsewhere - "Dr. Westphal"), takes his own life at 60
  • Mar 5 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, dies at 42
  • Mar 5 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), dies at 85
  • Mar 5 Marguerite Kelsey, Engl painter/sculptor model (Haunting), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Peter John Norton, naval diplomat/artist, dies at 82
  • Mar 6 David Beinhoff, mayor, dies at 24
  • Mar 6 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican ska and reggae singer ("Cool Operator"), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 46
  • Mar 6 Emile van Moerkerken, photographer (Ice Princess), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Helene Virginie Weijel, Dutch author (In Two Worlds), dies at 44
  • Mar 7 Don Cook, British foreign correspondent, dies at 74
  • Mar 7 Jaap van den Hurk, TV-director (NCRV), dies
  • Mar 7 Jacques Lefebvre, Belgian air force general, commits suicide at 64
  • Mar 7 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer teacher organist, dies at 69
  • Mar 7 Paul-Emile Victor, French polar explorer, dies at 87
  • Mar 7 Thijmen Kuijt, resistance fighter/co-found paper (Typhoon), dies at 82
  • Mar 8 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German heavy metal drummer (Helloween), commits suicide by jumping in front of a train at 29
  • Mar 8 Ota Adler, Czech-British fur trader and founder (Jewish Aid Trust), dies at 83
  • Mar 8 Paul Horgan, American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Mountain Standard Time), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Edward Bernays, Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, dies at 103
  • Mar 9 Ian Ballantine, publisher, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Mar 10 Alexander Hyatt King, English musicologist and Mozart scholar, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Carel Birnie, Dutch ballet producer, dies at 69
  • Mar 10 Hendrik van Leeuwen, Dutch musician, dies at 79
  • Mar 10 Richard Baerlein, British racing writer, dies at 84
  • Mar 11 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • Mar 11 Ernest Kabushemeye, Burundese minister of Mijnbouw, murdered
  • Mar 11 Frank Fidler, English artist, dies at 84
  • Mar 12 Juanin Clay, American actress (The Legend of the Lone Ranger), dies at 45
  • Mar 13 Abdul Ali Mazari, Afghan Shiite leader, shot to death
  • Mar 13 John Silverlight, British journalist (The Observer), dies at 75
  • Mar 13 Leo Kaplan, lawyer (ASCAP), dies at 89
  • Mar 13 Leon Day, American Baseball HOF pitcher (9 x NgL All Star; NgL World Series 1946; Brooklyn/Newark Eagles, Baltimore Elite Giants), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Mar 13 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), dies at 82
  • Mar 13 P C J van Lierde, Dutch vicar-gen of Vatican (1951-91), dies at 87
  • Mar 14 Gerard Victory, Irish composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 14 Jo van Marle, Dutch football official (Chairman of the KNVB, 1980-93), dies at 70

John Peters HumphreyJohn Peters Humphrey (1905-1995)

Mar 14 Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights), dies at 89

  • Mar 14 William Fowler, American nuclear scientist and astrophysicist (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1983), dies at 83
  • Mar 15 Carlos Menem Jr, son of Argentine President, dies at 26

Florence ChadwickFlorence Chadwick (1918-1995)

Mar 15 American swimmer who was the 1st woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, dies of leukemia at 76

  • Mar 16 Albert Hackett, American actor, playwright and screenwriter (It's A Wonderrful Life; The Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 95
  • Mar 16 Simon Fraser [Shimi], Lord Lovat, 25th head of Clan Fraser, dies at 83
  • Mar 16 Sydney Simone, band leader, dies at 80
  • Mar 17 Ahmad Khomeini, youngest son of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, dies at 48
  • Mar 17 Donald Baverstock, British television Producer (Tonight), dies at 71
  • Mar 17 Marcus Jan Adriani, Dutch biologist and director (Weevers' Duin), dies at 56
  • Mar 17 Rick Aviles, US comic/actor (Ghost), dies of AIDS
  • Mar 17 Ronnie Kray, English gangster (The Firm), dies at 61
  • Mar 17 Sunnyland Slim, American jazz, blues singer and pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • Mar 18 Charles Drain, American soul singer, dies at 65
  • Mar 18 Fred Ramsey, American jazz writer, dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
  • Mar 19 Fernand Lodewick, literature historian (Literature), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Gerard Tebroke, 5/10 km-dasher, dies at 45
  • Mar 19 Kenneth Loveless, British priest, concertina player, and folk dancer, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 James Kilfedder, Northern Ireland unionist politician, dies at 66
  • Mar 20 John Minton [Big John Studd], American pro wrestler (Royal Rumble 1989), dies from liver cancer and Hodgkin's disease at 47
  • Mar 20 Merv Harvey, Australian cricketer (scored 12 & 31 in Test Aus v Eng 46-47), dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Rachida Hammadi, Algerian TV journalist, murdered at 32
  • Mar 20 Sidney Kingsley, US playwright (Pulitzer prize 1934), dies at 88
  • Mar 21 Daan Wildschut, Dutch painter/author, dies at 81
  • Mar 21 Etienne Martin, French sculptor, dies at 82
  • Mar 21 Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66
  • Mar 21 Robert Urquhart, Scottish actor (Dunkirk, Bulldog Breed), dies at 72
  • Mar 22 Peter Woods, British journalist and newsreader, dies at 64
  • Mar 23 Alan Barton, English singer (Smokie, Black Lace), dies in a bus crash at 41
  • Mar 23 Danny Apolinar, American composer & songwriter, dies at 61
  • Mar 23 Davie Cooper, Scottish football player, dies at 39
  • Mar 23 Irving Shulman, American author & screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Mar 23 Ripley L. Ingram, American singer, dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Robert Turner, winner of 1st All-American Soap Box Derby, dies at 72
  • Mar 23 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author, dies at 74
  • Mar 24 Anthony Standerwick Heal, businessman, dies at 88
  • Mar 24 Joey Long, blues/cajun guitarist, dies at 62
  • Mar 24 Trevor Oswald Ling, English religious Studies Professor, dies at 75
  • Mar 25 James Coleman, American sociologist (b. 1926)
  • Mar 25 James Gardner, designer, dies at 87
  • Mar 25 Peter Herbert Penwarden, English priest, dies at 73
  • Mar 25 Warren E. Burger, 15th Supreme Court chief justice (1969-86), dies at 87
  • Mar 26 Eazy-E [Eric Lynn Wright], American rapper (N.W.A.), dies from AIDS-related illness at 30
  • Mar 26 Vladimir Maksimov, Russian writer and dissident, dies at 64
  • Mar 27 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, dies at 92
  • Mar 27 Bernard Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds), dies at 67
  • Mar 27 Chet Gierlach, American music publisher and composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 27 Rene Allio, film Director, dies at 70
  • Mar 28 Hugh O'Connor, American actor (In the Heat of the Night), shoots himself while battling cocaine addiction at 32
  • Mar 28 Jack Regan, broadcaster, dies at 53