Historical Events in March 1986

  • Mar 2 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
  • Mar 2 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
  • Mar 4 Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ
  • Mar 5 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • Mar 6 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • Mar 6 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • Mar 7 South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 7 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 8 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • Mar 8 Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 8 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • Mar 8 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 8 The Young Ones and Cliff Richard release new version of single "Living Doll" for Comic Relief charity

  • Mar 9 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • Mar 9 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

  • Mar 9 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • Mar 9 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • Mar 9 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • Mar 10 Ernie Lombardi, NL MVP in 1938, & Bobby Doerr, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 1 million days since the foundation of Rome on April 21st, 753 BC
  • Mar 11 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 11 Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km
  • Mar 11 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • Mar 12 210.25 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 12 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 13 12th People's Choice Awards: Sylvester Stallone & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone
  • Mar 13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • Mar 13 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • Mar 14 European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)
  • Mar 15 Funeral services held for murdered Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • Mar 16 Christa Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
  • Mar 17 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
  • Mar 18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • Mar 18 US Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
  • Mar 20 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (UK record)
  • Mar 20 Jacques Chirac forms French government
  • Mar 20 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • Mar 21 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 21 Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) & 3 km (4:18.02)

  • Mar 21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • Mar 22 Ehrig skates ladies world record 5 km (7:20.99)
  • Mar 22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • Mar 22 Heart's "These Dreams" single goes #1
  • Mar 22 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 22 Kania skates ladies' world record 1500m (1:59.30)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Debi Thomas (USA)
  • Mar 22 Trevor Berbick beats Pinklon Thomas in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 22 "On My Own" single released by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (Billboard Song of the Year 1986)
  • Mar 23 6th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Rambo: First Blood Part II" wins
  • Mar 23 Heavyweight Trevor Berbick KOs Pinklon Thomas
  • Mar 23 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open
  • Mar 23 First of 2 WTA Tour Championships of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 4th straight and 7th overall title 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1 against Hana Mandlíková in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Men's International Professional Tennis Council announces Jimmy Connors' 10 week suspension and $20,000 fine for storming off the court after defaulting against Ivan Lendl at Boca Raton, Florida in February

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 24 58th Academy Awards: "Out of Africa", William Hurt & Geraldine Page win

  • Mar 24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • Mar 24 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • Mar 24 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules Air Force could ban wearing of yarmulkes
  • Mar 25 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
  • Mar 26 Geffen records signs Guns & Roses
  • Mar 27 Disney-MGM Studio Tour groundbreaking
  • Mar 28 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 hindus in Ludhiana, India
  • Mar 28 John N McMahon, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 29 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
  • Mar 30 "Tango Argentino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances
  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas beats USC 97-81
  • Mar 31 167 die when Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes
  • Mar 31 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke 72-69
  • Mar 31 English Hampton Court palace badly damaged by fire, 1 dead
  • Mar 31 Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.