On This Day

Historical Events on March 3 (Part 2)

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  • 1974 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
  • 1974 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes in the Ermenonville Forest outside Paris, killing all 346 people onboard
  • 1975 "Goodtime Charley" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 104 performances

Music History

1975 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana

Film and TV Awards

1975 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

  • 1976 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • 1976 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 1977 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • 1977 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • 1977 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • 1977 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • 1977 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • 1978 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • 1979 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • 1979 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • 1980 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus is decommissioned

Historic Event

1980 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Sports History

1981 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

  • 1981 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1982 Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
  • 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is admitted to hospital for surgery to repair his throwing arm under the alias 'Tom Brady'
  • 1984 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Election of Interest

1984 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Television Premiere

1985 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • 1985 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances
  • 1985 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • 1985 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike

Album Release

1986 "Master of Puppets", the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, is released

  • 1987 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • 1989 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • 1989 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • 1990 Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1991 "Big Love" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1991 David Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston

Historic Event

1991 Iraqi generals and US general "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss Gulf War cease fire

Rodney King Riots

1991 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted

  • 1991 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR
  • 1991 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • 1991 Miguel Trovoada installed as president of Sao Tomé e Principal
  • 1991 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18
  • 1991 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • 1992 Gas explodes in coal mine at Zonguldak Turkey, 263 die
  • 1992 Mike Bossy's #22 is 2nd # retired by NY Islanders

Historic Event

1992 US President George H. W. Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to

Sports History

1992 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)

  • 1992 Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina established.
  • 1993 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Boston (WBCN 104.1 FM-evenings)
  • 1994 "Damn Yankees" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 510 performances
  • 1994 "Philoktetes Variations" with Ron Vawter premieres in Brussels

Sports History

1994 US Internal Revenue Service investigates baseball player Darryl Strawberry

  • 1996 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • 1997 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.

Historic Event

1998 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee about Microsoft's dominant position in the software industry

  • 1999 "Fortunate" single by Maxwell is released (Billboard Music Award Best R&B Single of the Year)
  • 2002 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • 2002 33rd NAACP Image Awards: "Ali" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Agreement of Interest

2004 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival Ambev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal forming InBev, the world's largest brewer

  • 2005 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. Deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 North-West Rebellion.
  • 2005 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling - a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
  • 2005 50 Cent releases his album “The Massacre” (2005 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album 2006)
  • 2006 37th NAACP Image Awards: "Crash" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Album Release

2008 Duffy releases her debut album "Rockferry" (2009 Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album)

  • 2009 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for 2nd Test against Pakistan; match abandoned
  • 2009 The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.

Film Release

2010 "Alice in Wonderland", inspired by Lewis Carroll directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska is released

  • 2012 Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
  • 2012 Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
  • 2013 45 people are killed by a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2013 A 2 year old US girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured

Historic Event

2015 "Under the Dome" a documentary on pollution in China by Chai Jing has been viewed over 150 million times in 3 days on Tencent

  • 2016 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan
  • 2017 Mass grave of 800 children and infants confirmed at a former Catholic care home in Tuam, Ireland
  • 2018 "The Emoji Movie" named worst film in 2017 in Razzies awards
  • 2019 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika confirms he will run for president one last time, his 5th term, amid widespread demonstrations

Historic Event

2019 SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docks with the International Space Station during its demonstration run

  • 2019 Multiple tornadoes tear through Georgia and Alabama killing at least 23
  • 2019 South African music star Mampintsha shown hitting girlfriend Babes Wodumo on Instagram Live and later arrested for assault
  • 2020 Powerful storm producing multiple tornadoes rips through central Tennessee killing at least 25
  • 2020 Iran releases 54,000 people from prison to avoid spread of COVID-19 as country reports 77 deaths and 2,300 cases including two dozen MPs
  • 2020 World Bank pledges $12 billion in emergency aid for developing countries dealing with COVID-19
  • 2020 UK had its wettest February since records began in 1862, according to the Met Office, 209.1mm of rainfall, 237% above average
  • 2020 Last Ebola patient discharged from hospital in Beni, DR Congo, raising hopes outbreak at an end in the country after 2,300 deaths
  • 2020 Heavy rain and landslides hit coastal areas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states, Brazil, killing at least 18 people
  • 2020 Irishwomen Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamar, of Grafton Architecture, are the 1st women to share the Pritzker Architecture Prize

Historic Event

2020 Super Tuesday: Biggest voting day for Democrats selecting their presidential candidate revives Joe Biden's campaign, he wins nine states, while Bernie Sanders wins four including California

  • 2020 US Federal Reserve makes its largest rate cut in a decade, short-tern interest rates by 0.5% to protect economy against COVID-19
  • 2021 Australian attorney general Christian Porter denies rape allegation involving 16-year-old girl in 1988
  • 2021 38 people shot and killed by security forces in anti-coup protests in Myanmar
  • 2021 US President Joe Biden criticizes lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by Texas and Mississippi as "Neanderthal thinking"
  • 2021 Great apes at San Diego Zoo reported given experimental COVID-19 vaccine designed for animals after earlier outbreak among the gorillas (San Diego, California) [1]
  • 2021 Sarah Everard is kidnapped, rapped and murdered by a UK policeman after being arrested under false pretenses in London