On This Day

What Happened in March 1997

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 1 5th annual ESPY Awards shown on TV
  • Mar 1 Canadian Elvis Stojko hits the first quad-triple combination jump in the history of figure-skating competition to win the Championship Series final in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Mar 1 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement
  • Mar 2 Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple
  • Mar 2 Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
  • Mar 2 Australians Greg Blewett (214) and Steve Waugh (160) bat for the entire 3rd day of the 1st cricket Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; set up Australian innings and 196 run victory
  • Mar 2 Michael Andretti wins at Homestead in a Swift chassis, marking the first Champ Car victory in an American-built chassis since 1983; first-ever Champ Car start for the Swift
  • Mar 3 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • Mar 3 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
  • Mar 4 Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
  • Mar 4 Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 US President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Mar 4 Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 5 Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tommy Lasorda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso

  • Mar 7 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
  • Mar 7 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life
  • Mar 8 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, and Babyface win
  • Mar 9 44th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 North Carolina beats NC State, 64-54
  • Mar 9 38th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 95-68

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Mar 10 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" created by Joss Whedon and starring Sarah Michelle Geller premieres on WB Television Network

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 The PalmPilot, as developed by Jeffrey Hawkins, is released

Inventor Jeffrey Hawkins
Inventor
Jeffrey Hawkins
  • Mar 11 Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space

KnightedKnighthood

Mar 11 Beatle Paul McCartney knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 11 San Francisco Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
  • Mar 13 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader
  • Mar 13 Phoenix lights seen at night over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. Now a hotly debated controversy.
  • Mar 14 68 year old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch
  • Mar 14 Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
  • Mar 14 Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 14 President Clinton trips & injures his knee requiring surgery
  • Mar 14 The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.
  • Mar 15 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • Mar 15 France beats Scotland, 47-20 at Parc des Princes, Paris to claim an 11th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 5th Triple Crown; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 6 penalties and 3 conversions
  • Mar 16 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals

  • Mar 16 Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
  • Mar 17 CNN begin Spanish broadcasts
  • Mar 18 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs won by Mandy Woetzel & Ingo Steuer (GER)
  • Mar 19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments
  • Mar 20 "Play On!" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 20 Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive
  • Mar 20 World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Elvis Stojko of Canada
  • Mar 21 Ice Dance Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • Mar 22 "Sunset Boulevard" closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
  • Mar 22 Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)
  • Mar 23 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 23 17th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Striptease" wins
  • Mar 23 WrestleMania XIII, Rosemont Horizon, IL: Undertaker beats Sycho Sid for WWF Heavyweight title

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 24 69th Academy Awards: "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand win

  • Mar 24 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • Mar 25 "Barrymore" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
  • Mar 25 Indians trade Lofton & Embree to Braves for Grissom & Justice
  • Mar 25 "Life After Death" 2nd studio album by The Notorious B.I.G. is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1997)
  • Mar 26 "Annie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Mar 26 NHL announces Anaheim Mighty Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 season in Japan
  • Mar 26 Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides
  • Mar 27 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
  • Mar 27 Martin Luther King's son meets James Earl Ray, his father's killer
  • Mar 28 "City" soap opera's final episode on ABC-TV
  • Mar 29 1st game at Turner Field Atlanta, Braves beats Yanks 2-0 (exhibition)
  • Mar 29 PBA National Championship Won by Rick Steelsmith
  • Mar 30 16th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Old Dominion, 68-59; Volunteers 5th national title
  • Mar 30 Five (channel) Begins broadcasting in the UK

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 30 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Steve Elkington of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win his 2nd PC title, a record 7 strokes ahead of runner-up Scott Hoch.

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

Sport awardGolf Major

Mar 30 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 41-year old Betsy King wins her 3rd title in this event, 2 strokes ahead of Kris Tschetter and Amy Fruhwirth; last of her 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 31 "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV
  • Mar 31 NASA's Pioneer 10 ends its mission
  • Mar 31 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky, 84-79 (OT); Wildcats' first title in first title game
  • Mar 31 West Indies cricketers win 3rd Test at Bridgetown, Barbados by 38 runs after setting India a modest 120 run target; tourists dismissed for 81 in Brian Lara's debut as Windies' captain

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestCamila Cabello

Mar 3 Camila Cabello [Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao], Cuban-born American singer-songwriter (Fifth Harmony), born in Cojimar, Cuba

  • Mar 10 Belinda Bencic, Swiss tennis player (Hopman Cup 2018-19 [with Roger Federer]), born in Flawil, Switzerland

Person of interestSimone Biles

Mar 14 Simone Biles, American gymnast (Olympic gold floor, team, vault, all-round 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles

Person of interestKatie Ledecky

Mar 17 Katie Ledecky, American swimmer (5 Olympic gold 2012, 2016), born in Washington, D.C.

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 29 Actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Lisa Rinna

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Rapper Vanilla Ice (29) weds Laura Giarritta

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Rapper
Vanilla Ice

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Stanislav Shatalin, Russian economist (500 Days), dies
  • Mar 4 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Carey Loftin, American actor (The Deer Hunder, The Goonies), dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, dies at 59
  • Mar 6 Cheddi B Jagan, dentist/founder PPP/Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies
  • Mar 6 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • Mar 6 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), dies at 79
  • Mar 7 Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (Nobel 1952), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • Mar 7 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), dies at 73
  • Mar 8 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75
  • Mar 9 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • Mar 9 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • Mar 10 La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 11 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), dies at 81
  • Mar 11 Hugo Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 Leo O'Brien, Australian cricket batsman (5 Tests; Victoria), dies at 89
  • Mar 14 Fred Zinnemann Austrian-American director (From Here to Eternity, Julia), dies of heart attack at 89
  • Mar 14 John Curtis Jr, pres/CEO (Luby's Cafe), commits suicide at 58
  • Mar 14 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • Mar 14 Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, dies at 87
  • Mar 15 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
  • Mar 15 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90
  • Mar 19 Willem De Kooning, Dutch artist (Abstract), dies of Alzheimer at 92
  • Mar 20 Carlo Fassi, figure skating coach (Fleming, Hamill), dies at 67
  • Mar 20 Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • Mar 20 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83
  • Mar 21 W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, dies at 69
  • Mar 24 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), dies at 57
  • Mar 25 Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies
  • Mar 26 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • Mar 29 Eddie Ryder, American actor (General Hospital, Up Yours), dies at 74
  • Mar 29 Ellen Clara Pollock, actress (Wicked Lady, Fake), dies at 94
  • Mar 30 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, dies at 64
  • Mar 31 Edwin Alberian, TV celebrity (Clarabell), dies at 76
  • Mar 31 Laxmishankar Pathak, food retailer, dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Arthur Cunningham, American composer, dies at 68