Historical Events in March 1979

  • Mar 1 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • Mar 1 ESPN and NCAA come to an agreement giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to NCAA championships for various sports
  • Mar 3 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • Mar 3 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • Mar 4 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Mar 4 "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", television movie directed by Paul Wendkos, premieres on CBS
  • Mar 4 200th episode of "All in the Family"

Catholic Encyclical

Mar 4 Pope John Paul II publishes his first encyclical "Redemptor Hominis"

  • Mar 4 US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
  • Mar 5 Iran resumes petroleum exports
  • Mar 5 Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
  • Mar 7 Baseball exhibition season opens with semi-pro & amateur umpires
  • Mar 7 Warren Giles and Hack Wilson selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 8 1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered on Jupiter's satellite Io
  • Mar 8 China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam
  • Mar 8 Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale
  • Mar 9 "The Passage", directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Anthony Quinn, is released in the United States
  • Mar 9 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Sports History

Mar 9 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters

  • Mar 11 Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game
  • Mar 13 European Monetary System is established, ECU created
  • Mar 13 Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement

NHL Record

Mar 13 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

  • Mar 14 Hawker Siddeley Trident plane crashes into a factory near Beijing, China, killing at least 200
  • Mar 15 Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80

NHL Record

Mar 15 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

  • Mar 15 Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test

Music History

Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA
  • Mar 17 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 17 The Penmanshiel Tunnel in Berwickshire, Scotland, collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • Mar 17 Wales beats England, 27-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff for its 2nd consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and record 21st outright title; record 4th straight Triple Crown
  • Mar 17 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne
  • Mar 18 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Mar 18 Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday, Iran
  • Mar 19 US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
  • Mar 21 Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel
  • Mar 22 Israeli parliament approves peace treaty with Egypt
  • Mar 22 NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)
  • Mar 22 Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinates Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag
  • Mar 22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode 24 bombs in various locations across Northern Ireland

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 23 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Mar 23 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • Mar 24 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances

Sports History

Mar 24 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

Sports History

Mar 24 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes

  • Mar 24 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Louisiana Tech 75-65 in Greensboro

Sports History

Mar 25 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 3–6, 6–2 win over American teenager Tracey Austin in NYC

  • Mar 25 Major riot at Bourda prevents day's play in WSC Supertest

PGA Players Championship

Mar 25 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lanny Wadkins wins in windy conditions, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Watson

  • Mar 25 Space Shuttle Columbia arrives at Kennedy Space Centre to prepare for its first launch, which would eventually happen in 1981
  • Mar 26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball

Treaty of Interest

Mar 26 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

  • Mar 26 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game winning streak
  • Mar 26 MLB San Diego Padres & San Francisco Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • Mar 26 OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1
  • Mar 27 US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can't randomly stop cars
  • Mar 28 A partial meltdown at Three Mile Island nuclear plant in the US results in the release of radioactive gas and iodine into the atmosphere but no deaths
  • Mar 28 British government of Prime Minister Jim Callaghan (Labour Party) falls
  • Mar 28 Frank Lazarus & Dick Vosburgh's stage musical comedy "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine" premieres at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England
  • Mar 29 Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball v Pakistan at WACA
  • Mar 29 Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London
  • Mar 29 Delhi beats Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 29 Last day of Test cricket for Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad

Palace of Westminster

Mar 30 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

  • Mar 31 133rd Grand National: Maurice Barnes victorious aboard Rubstic; first Scottish-trained horse to win the event
  • Mar 31 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem
  • Mar 31 Montreal Canadiens beat visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3 to become just the 2nd team in NHL history to win 50 (or more) games for 4 straight years
  • Mar 31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).