On This Day

Historical Events in March 1987

  • Mar 3 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 6 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
  • Mar 6 Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
  • Mar 7 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Mike Tyson beats James 'Bonecrusher' Smith by unanimous decision in 12 rounds in Las Vegas for WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles

  • Mar 8 17th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,184,425
  • Mar 8 David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust
  • Mar 8 FBI apprehends most wanted Claude L Dallas, Jr in California
  • Mar 8 Nelli Cooman becomes world champion 60m indoor
  • Mar 8 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years
  • Mar 8 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • Mar 8 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • Mar 8 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
  • Mar 9 Chrysler Corp offers to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion

Album Release

Mar 9 U2 release their fifth album "The Joshua Tree" (Grammy for Best Album 1988)

  • Mar 10 Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
  • Mar 12 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances

Sports History

Mar 12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

Historic Event

Mar 12 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North

  • Mar 12 Ice Pairs World Championship at Cincinnati won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (Canada)
  • Mar 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

Historic Event

Mar 13 John Gotti, boss of the Gambino crime family, is acquitted of racketeering

  • Mar 13 Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs
  • Mar 14 Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • Mar 14 Skier Piotr Fijas jumps record 194m
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

Sports History

Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

Film and TV Awards

Mar 14 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

  • Mar 15 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances
  • Mar 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
  • Mar 15 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • Mar 17 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3

Sports History

Mar 17 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak

  • Mar 18 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns are Jessica and Matthew
  • Mar 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

World Record

Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)

  • Mar 19 Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
  • Mar 19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago

Historic Event

Mar 19 American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn

World Record

Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)

  • Mar 20 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • Mar 20 NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • Mar 20 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • Mar 20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • Mar 20 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • Mar 21 France beats Ireland, 19-13 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin the clinch the outright Five Nations Rugby Championship for the 8th time and 4th Grand Slam title
  • Mar 23 Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • Mar 23 US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

Historic Event

Mar 23 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns as chairman of the Social Democratic Party

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 24 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Mar 24 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 25 The US Supreme Court rules that gender-based workplace affirmative action plans do not constitute discrimination on the basis of sex under the Civil Rights Act 1964

Historic Event

Mar 26 August Wilson's "Fences" premieres at the 46th Street Theatre, New York City in NYC; wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 4 Tony and 3 Drama desk Awards

  • Mar 26 Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 26 NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it fails to reach orbit
  • Mar 26 National Federation of State High School Associations adopt the college 3 point shot (21 feet)

Victory in Battle

Mar 27 Chadian President Hissène Habré's troops reconquer Faya Largeau in Chad

  • Mar 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs gets underway
  • Mar 29 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44; Lady Vols guard Tonya Edwards MOP

WrestleMania

Mar 29 WrestleMania III: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI (93,173): Hulk Hogan successfully defends WWF Heavyweight title against André the Giant

Election of Interest

Mar 29 Yitzḥak Shamir re-elected chairman of right wing Likud Party

  • Mar 29 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Howard the Duck" wins
  • Mar 29 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title

Historic Event

Mar 30 Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds ($39.7 million)

  • Mar 31 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse, 74-73; Hoosiers' guard Keith Smart hits game-winner in final seconds, intercepts full court pass at the last second