On This Day

Historical Events in March 1982

  • Mar 1 Ski lift malfunctions at Luz-Ardiden in Pyrenees, kills five people
  • Mar 1 NY Times raises its price from 25 cents to 30 cents
  • Mar 1 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus, sends back data
  • Mar 2 Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
  • Mar 3 Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
  • Mar 4 2nd double hat trick in Islander history-Bossy & D Potvin
  • Mar 4 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 504
  • Mar 4 Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Mar 5 Gaylord Perry (with 297 wins) signs with Seattle Mariners
  • Mar 5 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus sends back data
  • Mar 6 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • Mar 6 Susan Birmingham makes then world's loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
  • Mar 6 23rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Kentucky, 48-46
  • Mar 7 Jarmilla Kratochvilova run world record 400 m indoor (49.59 sec)
  • Mar 7 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
  • Mar 7 29th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 47-45

Historic Event

Mar 10 US President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

  • Mar 10 Saleem Malik scores 100 in 2nd inning of Test Cricket debut (v SL)
  • Mar 10 Sygyzy: all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun
  • Mar 10 Travis Jackson & Happy Chandler elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 10 The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.

Film and TV Awards

Mar 10 8th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Barbara Mandrell win (TV)

  • Mar 11 Failed military coup under Rambocus and Hawker in Suriname
  • Mar 11 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) resigns rather than face expulsion
  • Mar 11 Detroit Pistons play the Chicago Bulls, with final score of Detroit 152 to Chicago 144 and Detroit having 20 blocked shots
  • Mar 11 US boycotts Libyan crude oil
  • Mar 12 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
  • Mar 12 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"

Sports History

Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GBR)

  • Mar 13 Ice Pairs Championship at Copenhagen won by Baess & Thierbach (GDR)

Sports History

Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

  • Mar 13 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA) who lands 6 triple jumps

Television Premiere

Mar 13 ABC TV crime drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres, starring William Shatner

  • Mar 14 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • Mar 15 Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
  • Mar 15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
  • Mar 15 Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
  • Mar 17 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
  • Mar 18 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • Mar 19 National Guard jet tanker crashes killing 27
  • Mar 19 Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the U.K.
  • Mar 20 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is v Barbados
  • Mar 20 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 weeks
  • Mar 20 Rev Andries Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • Mar 20 France beats Ireland, 22-9 at the Parc des Princes, Paris but the Irish take the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-1 record and also their 5th Triple Crown
  • Mar 21 "Little Johnny Jones" opens & closes at Alvin Theater NYC
  • Mar 21 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard

Film Premiere

Mar 21 Movie "Annie" directed by John Huston, starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett premieres

  • Mar 21 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jerry Pate shoots a final round 67 to win by 2 strokes over runners-up Scott Simpson and Brad Bryant
  • Mar 22 3rd NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 3 launches
  • Mar 22 Iran offensive against Iraq

Coup d'état

Mar 23 Guatemala military coup under General Efraín Rios Montt, President Romeo Lucas flees

NHL Record

Mar 23 Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

  • Mar 24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia

Sports History

Mar 25 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season

  • Mar 25 1st broadcast of "Cagney & Lacey" starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26 Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Mar 26 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres
  • Mar 27 "Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 performances
  • Mar 27 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore
  • Mar 27 Randy Holt sets Wash Cap record of 34 penalty minutes
  • Mar 28 12th Easter Seal Telethon raises $19,500,000
  • Mar 28 1st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tech beats Cheney, 76-62; Lady Techsters' forward Janice Lawrence tournament MOP
  • Mar 28 JN Duartes' Christian Democrats win elections in El Salvador
  • Mar 28 Last AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Rutgers beat Texas 83-77 in Philadelphia
  • Mar 29 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Mommie Dearest" wins

Sports History

Mar 29 44th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Georgetown, 63-62; Tar Heels' future Hall of Fame small forward James Worthy named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

  • Mar 29 Delhi 707 beat Karnataka 705 on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 30 3rd NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 3 lands at White Sands, New Mexico
  • Mar 30 John Pielmeier's play"Agnes of God", about a nun who gives birth and insists it was immaculate conception, premieres at the Music Box Theatre. NYC, runs for 599 performances
  • Mar 31 Arkas tanker at Montz La, spills 1.47 million gallons of oil
  • Mar 31 American rock group The Doobie Brothers split up
  • Mar 31 NBA and Players Association reach a 4-year agreement that includes a 53% revenue-sharing plan in return for minimum & maximum payrolls; first of its kind in team sports