Historical Events in March 1981

Music Premiere

Mar 1 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC; runs for 767 performances

  • Mar 1 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • Mar 1 Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among them is Bobby Sands
  • Mar 2 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists

Scientific Discovery

Mar 2 Discovery of minor planet 5020 Asimov, named after sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov

  • Mar 2 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington, D.C.

Sports History

Mar 3 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

  • Mar 3 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie

Sports History

Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)

  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS)

Sports History

Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

  • Mar 5 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • Mar 5 US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer
  • Mar 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 6 Soyuz 39 returns to Earth

Film & TV History

Mar 6 Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"

  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • Mar 7 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
  • Mar 7 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62
  • Mar 7 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • Mar 7 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Mar 8 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Mar 8 Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • Mar 9 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News
  • Mar 10 "Bette Davis Eyes" single released by Kim Carnes (Billboard Song of the Year 1981)

Historic Event

Mar 11 Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet's second term begins

  • Mar 11 Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 12 Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station

Music Premiere

Mar 12 Stephen Sondheim's musical revue "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC

  • Mar 12 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 14 NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul 49-48
  • Mar 15 "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • Mar 15 Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
  • Mar 17 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
  • Mar 18 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
  • Mar 19 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
  • Mar 19 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • Mar 20 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron sentenced to 8 years
  • Mar 20 Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr
  • Mar 21 9-time World Grand Prix motor cycle champion Mike Hailwood along with his 9-year old daughter Michelle are killed when his Rover SD1 collides with a truck near their home in Tanworth-in-Arden in England
  • Mar 21 France beats England 16-12 at Twickenham, London for it's 7th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 3rd Grand Slam title
  • Mar 22 Soyuz 39 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Mongolian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 22 Toshihiko Seko runs world record 25k (1:13:55.8)/30k (1:29:18.8)
  • Mar 22 US 1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents

PGA Players Championship

Mar 23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish

  • Mar 23 US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions
  • Mar 23 US Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men
  • Mar 24 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy
  • Mar 24 Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • Mar 26 Police & Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia
  • Mar 26 Soviet space mission Soyuz T-4 lands

Album Release

Mar 27 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States

Music Single

Mar 27 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK

  • Mar 28 East German Christa Rothenburger skates ladies' world record 500 m (40.18 sec); she later breaks her own record twice
  • Mar 28 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 28 Gabi Schonbrunn skates ladies world record 3 km (4:21.70)

Sports History

Mar 28 Martina Navratilova beats 16 year old American tennis prodigy Andrea Jaeger 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Sports History

Mar 28 Viv Richards scores century in the 1st Test at his home Antigua

  • Mar 28 Yevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (36.91 secs)
  • Mar 29 AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee 79-59 in Eugene

Historic Event

Mar 29 Jorge Rafael Videla resigns as President and dictator of Argentina, handing the reins to Roberto Viola

  • Mar 29 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • Mar 29 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • Mar 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)

Sports History

Mar 30 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina, 63-50; Hoosiers' future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas is named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Ronald Reagan is Shot

Mar 30 US President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley, three others are also wounded

  • Mar 31 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Can't Stop the Music" wins