Historical Events in March 1983

  • Mar 1 Alpine skier Tamara McKinney becomes the first American woman to top the overall World Cup standings with 225 points
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 3 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is admitted to hospital for surgery to repair his throwing arm under the alias 'Tom Brady'
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Election of Interest

Mar 5 Australian Labor leader Bob Hawke defeats sitting Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in a general election

  • Mar 5 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 6 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances

Election of Interest

Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections

  • Mar 6 In New Bedford, Massachusetts, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0

Historic Event

Mar 8 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 10 Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Walter Alston is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Film and TV Awards

Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

Sports History

Mar 11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki, Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)

  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 11 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)

Sports History

Mar 11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

  • Mar 12 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77
  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 13 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • Mar 13 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • Mar 13 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 15 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)

Sports History

Mar 17 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

  • Mar 19 France (16-9 v Wales) and Ireland (25-15 v England) win final round matches to finish level and share the Five Nations Rugby Championship; no tie-break procedure exists before 1993

Sports History

Mar 20 In a clash of tennis legends, Martina Navratilova outclasses Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-0 to win her first of 5 straight WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 23 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 27 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Film & TV History

Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 28 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Hal Sutton comes from 4 strokes back with a final round 69 to win a rain-affected Monday finish by 1 stroke ahead of Bob Eastwood
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Film & TV History

Mar 31 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," is released in the US

  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 31 Popay├ín Earthquake (5.5 Mw Depth) in Colombia kills 267 people, injuring some 7,500