On This Day

Historical Events in March 1985

Music History

Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

  • Mar 1 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • Mar 1 Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • Mar 2 FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks

Television Premiere

Mar 3 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • Mar 3 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances

Sports History

Mar 3 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

  • Mar 3 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • Mar 4 STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida); mission cancelled
  • Mar 4 Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by US Environment Protection Agency
  • Mar 4 WWII veterans return to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"

Sports History

Mar 5 NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

  • Mar 5 Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar
  • Mar 5 38th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Killing Fields" Best Film, Wim Wenders Best Director
  • Mar 6 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 6 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes at 1:47 in round 1 of 4 in Albany, NY in his first professional fight

Film & TV History

Mar 6 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"

  • Mar 6 Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale
  • Mar 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • Mar 8 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 8 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • Mar 9 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • Mar 9 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • Mar 10 Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • Mar 10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 10 India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)
  • Mar 10 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54

Sports History

Mar 12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

Film and TV Awards

Mar 12 11th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Joan Collins & Linda Evans win (TV)

Historic Event

Mar 13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko in Moscow

  • Mar 13 Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 14 Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 15 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Mar 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • Mar 16 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut

Sports History

Mar 16 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

  • Mar 17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • Mar 18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network
  • Mar 19 "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • Mar 19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • Mar 19 US Senate votes 55-45 to authorize production of the MX "Peacekeeper" intercontinental ballistic missile
  • Mar 20 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

Hall of Fame

Mar 21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame

  • Mar 21 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • Mar 22 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • Mar 23 Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • Mar 23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: "Bolero" wins
  • Mar 24 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)

Sports History

Mar 24 Third straight WTA Tour Championship for tennis legend Martina Navratilova; beats Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Mar 25 Edwin Meese III takes office as US Attorney General

Historic Event

Mar 26 Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

Film & TV History

Mar 27 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Mar 28 International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley

Theater Premiere

Mar 28 Neil Simon's play "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 28 STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 29 Christos Sartzetakis elected President of Greece

NHL Record

Mar 29 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

  • Mar 30 139th Grand National: Welsh jockey Hywel Davies aboard 11-year old 50/1 outsider Last Suspect wins by 1½ lengths from Mr. Snugfit
  • Mar 30 Ireland beats England, 13-10 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 6th triple Crown
  • Mar 31 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises $27,400,000
  • Mar 31 4th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Georgia, 70-65; Monarchs' Tracy Claxton, MOP
  • Mar 31 El Salvador's President José Napoleón Duarte' Christian Democratic Party wins election

WrestleMania

Mar 31 WrestleMania I, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Hulk Hogan & Mr T beat Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorf

  • Mar 31 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Calvin Peete shoots final round 66 to win by 3 strokes from D. A. Weibring; Peete only player to break par in all 4 rounds