On This Day

Historical Events on March 1 (Part 2)

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  • 1975 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win
  • 1975 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1
  • 1975 Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.
  • 1975 Five Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh attracts a world record attendance of 104,000; Scots win 12-10

Music Awards

1976 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win

PGA Players Championship

1976 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Inverrary CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second TPC title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead

  • 1977 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards
  • 1977 US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • 1977 PGA of America announces a sudden-death playoff format for the PGA Championship to be implemented; previously an 18-hole playoff applied after tie in regulation 72 holes
  • 1978 "Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances

Film & TV History

1978 Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery in an extortion plot

  • 1979 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • 1979 ESPN and NCAA come to an agreement giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to NCAA championships for various sports
  • 1980 Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • 1980 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • 1980 Snow falls in Florida
  • 1980 The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices
  • 1980 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • 1980 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, BJCC Coliseum, Birmingham, AL: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78

Music Premiere

1981 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC; runs for 767 performances

  • 1981 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • 1981 Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among them is Bobby Sands
  • 1982 Ski lift malfunctions at Luz-Ardiden in Pyrenees, kills five people
  • 1982 NY Times raises its price from 25 cents to 30 cents
  • 1982 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus, sends back data
  • 1983 Alpine skier Tamara McKinney becomes the first American woman to top the overall World Cup standings with 225 points
  • 1983 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • 1984 Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit
  • 1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR #3931 Batten, #4529 Webern, #4530 Smoluchowski, #4818 Elgar, #5502 Brashear & #5943 Lovi

Music History

1985 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

  • 1985 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • 1985 Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • 1986 Quebec's Peter Stastny becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 100 points in each of his first 6 seasons, with an assist in an 8-4 Nordiques' loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres
  • 1988 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • 1988 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • 1988 Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile

Sports History

1988 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky picks up a 1st period assist in Oilers' 5-3 win over LA Kings to move ahead of Gordie Howe as NHL's all time leader in career assists; Howe 1,049 assists in 26 years, Gretzky 1,050 in 9 years

Hall of Fame

1988 For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over

  • 1989 Charlie Francis, coach of disqualified sprinter Ben Johnson tells federal inquiry into Canada's greatest sports scandal Johnson knowingly used steroids since 1981; Johnson first across line Olympic 100m 1988
  • 1989 Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • 1989 The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1990 Benin nullifies its constitution
  • 1990 Luis Alberto Lacelle sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • 1990 Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • 1990 England cricket has its first win against West Indies in 16 years and 24 matches; 9 wicket victory in the 1st Test in Kingston, Jamaica; Allan Lamb's first overseas century 132
  • 1991 US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens

Sports History

1991 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas

  • 1992 "Little Hotel on the Side" closes at Belasco NYC after 41 performances
  • 1992 "Visit" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1992 Jenny Thompson swims 100m freestyle world record 54.48s at the US Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, IN; passes famous GDR drug tainted record, Kristen Otto 1986 by 0.25s
  • 1992 In a rematch of one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, Ghana's WBC super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson KOs Australian Jeff Fenech in 8th round in Melbourne
  • 1993 Authorities near Waco, Texas, negotiate (unsuccessfully) with Branch Davidians

Sports History

1993 New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is reinstated as general partner of the team; banned because of his relationship with convicted gambler Howie Spira

  • 1993 New expansion NHL team, owned in Anaheim, CA by Disney, receives its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie 'The Mighty Ducks'

Sports History

1993 Pavel Bure scores twice to become the first player in Vancouver's 23 year history to record 50 goals in an NHL season as Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2 in Hamilton

Grammy Awards

1994 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win

  • 1994 Martti Ahtisaari inaugurated as president of Finland
  • 1994 Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

Grammy Awards

1995 37th Grammy Awards: All I Want to Do, Streets of Philadelphia, Sheryl Crow

  • 1995 Belgium ends military conscription
  • 1995 Jozef Oleksy succeeds Waldemar Pawlak on as premier of Poland
  • 1995 Julio Maria Sanguinetti sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • 1995 Part of Houston begins using new area code 281
  • 1995 Ukraine premier Vitaly Massol resigns

NBA Record

1996 Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens becomes first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-68

  • 1996 New toll-free 888 area code introduced in USA
  • 1996 Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington & Shap England
  • 1997 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • 1997 5th annual ESPY Awards shown on TV
  • 1997 Canadian Elvis Stojko hits the first quad-triple combination jump in the history of figure-skating competition to win the Championship Series final in Hamilton, Ontario

Sports History

1997 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement

  • 1998 "Art" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • 1998 Miami's Pat Riley becomes the 5th head coach to record 900 NBA career wins with Heat's 85-84 win over the New Jersey Nets
  • 1998 Mark Martin drives his Ford Taurus to victory in the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Martin finishes 1.6 seconds ahead of teammate Jeff Burton
  • 1999 Daryll Cullinan scores South African cricket record 275no in the drawn 1st Test against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland; Gary Kirsten 128
  • 2000 The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
  • 2000 Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.
  • 2001 Carolina center Ron Francis scores a goal on his 38th birthday in Hurricanes' 3-1 win over NY Islanders to become only the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50+ points for 20 straight seasons
  • 2002 The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
  • 2002 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan as US special operations forces infiltrate the Shahi-Kot Valley in Eastern Afghanistan
  • 2002 The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).
  • 2003 Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • 2003 World light heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. wins a unanimous decision against champion John Ruiz to capture the WBA heavyweight crown in Las Vegas
  • 2003 Nashville's Barry Trotz sets NHL record for most games coached with an expansion team from inception as Predators score a 5-4 OT win over Chicago; his 392nd game, Terry Crisp 391 with Tampa Bay
  • 2003 Legendary Mount St. Mary's basketball head coach Jim Phelan wins final game of 49 year career as Mountaineers win 60-56 over Central Connecticut State; Phelan: 830 wins in NCAA record 1,354 games

Murder of Interest

2004 Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh

  • 2004 Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.
  • 2006 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time
  • 2006 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station

Film Premier

2006 Animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown" directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Belgium

  • 2007 Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
  • 2007 "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots
  • 2009 Steven Holcomb pilots USA-1 sled to victory in the 4-man competition at the World Bobsled Championships at Mt Van Hoevenberg, NY; first American win in the event in 50 years
  • 2011 Tomb of a 700 year old female mummy, discovered by road workers, opened in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China
  • 2012 Euro zone unemployment reaches historical high of 10.7%
  • 2013 The 2013 US budget sequestration comes into effect
  • 2013 14 people are killed in the Lahad Datu standoff between Malaysian government and rebel forces
  • 2014 34th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Movie 43" wins
  • 2014 29 people are killed & 130 are injured by a group of knife-wielding terrorists at Kunming Railway Station, China

Historic Event

2014 US President Barack Obama warns Russian President Vladimir Putin over involvement in Ukraine

  • 2016 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of domestic violence; issues a 30-game suspension to NY Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman

Historic Event

2016 Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No. 1 with $75 billion, number of world's billionaires shrinks to 1,810

  • 2016 Two Guatemalan military officers are convicted of sexual slavery during country's civil war - first ever prosecution of sexual slavery during an armed conflict
  • 2016 Gene for grey hair (IRF4) discovery announced by Scientists from University College London in "Nature Communications"

Election of Interest

2016 US primary elections: Super Tuesday - both Republican Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton win seven state races each

  • 2016 South Korean opposition MPs set a world record for longest filibuster - 9 days (192 hours) trying to block anti-terror bill
  • 2017 Gustav Klimt's painting "Bauerngarten" sells for $59.3m in London

Film & TV History

2017 Charo is revealed as a contestant on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars

  • 2018 Vladimir Putin in his annual state address claims Russia has an "invincible” intercontinental cruise missile
  • 2018 Hope Hicks resigns as White House Communications Director to President Trump
  • 2018 Earliest evidence for figural tattoos (bull and sheep) on two naturally mummified bodies from Egypt’s predynastic period (3351-3017BC) published in "Journal of Archaeological Science"
  • 2018 Parisian designer Riccardo Tisci is named the new designer of British brand Burberry after the exit of Christopher Bailey

Historic Event

2018 US President Donald Trump says he will impose 25% steel, 10% aluminium import tariffs, raising fears of a trade war

  • 2020 Turkey launches major offensive against Syrian government in northern Syria after 36 Turkish soldiers killed in air and artillery strikes 3 days earlier
  • 2020 Muhyiddin Yassin sworn as Malaysian Prime Minister by Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah
  • 2020 Pete Buttigieg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race
  • 2020 First known COVID-19 case identified in New York, a health care worker returning from Iran
  • 2021 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is sentenced to three years for trying to bribe a judge