March 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • Mar 1 Snow falls in Florida
  • Mar 1 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
  • Mar 3 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus is decommissioned
  • Mar 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Event of Interest

Mar 3 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Election of Interest

Mar 4 Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) comes to power, winning the parliamentary election in Zimbabwe, making Mugabe Zimbabwe's first black prime minister

  • Mar 5 Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49
  • Mar 6 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • Mar 6 Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 9 Flemish and Walloon battle in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 10 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show

Murder of Interest

Mar 12 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

  • Mar 13 American John Wayne Gacy receives the death sentence in Illinois for the murder of 12 people
  • Mar 13 Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch
  • Mar 18 Vostok rocket explodes on the launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • Mar 20 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate radio Caroline sinks
  • Mar 20 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
  • Mar 23 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Tennessee 68-53 at Mount Pleasant
  • Mar 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Nicaraguan National Literary Crusade begins: crusade teachers swear in plazas across the country to exterminate ignorance in just five months (will successfully reduce illiteracy from 50% to 12%) [1]

Event of Interest

Mar 24 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (60) arrives in Egypt for cancer treatment at Maadi Military Hospital, near Cairo

  • Mar 27 Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard

Mount St. Helens Erupts

Mar 27 Mount St. Helens becomes active after 123 years

  • Mar 27 Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212
  • Mar 30 Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 31 The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.

Event of Interest

Mar 31 US President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Rose VBL Windsor, daughter of English prince Richard
  • Mar 8 Stephen Milne, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 19 Don Sparrow, Canadian illustrator
  • Mar 29 Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein, of Jordan, fourth son of King Hussein bin Talal, born in Amman, Jordan

Weddings in History

Tony Blair

Mar 29 77th Prime Minister of UK Tony Blair (26) weds barrister and lecturer Cherie Booth

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Wilhelmina Cooper, Dutch-American model and founder of Wilhelmina Models, dies at 40
  • Mar 5 Winifred Wagner, English-German daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner and friend of Adolf Hitler (ran Bayreuth Festival), dies at 82
  • Mar 10 Herman Tarnower, American doctor (Scarsdale Diet), shot and killed by girlfriend Jean Harris at 69
  • Mar 10 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer and poet (Making a Poem), dies at 100
  • Mar 14 Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • Mar 16 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • Mar 18 Erich Fromm, German psychologist and psychoanalyst (Sane Society), dies at 79
  • Mar 18 Ludwig Guttmann, German-British neurologist, founder of the Stoke Mandeville Games (now the Paralympics), dies at 80
  • Mar 21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist, dies at 92
  • Mar 23 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (Misery Index), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 24 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman Catholic priest, murdered during mass at 62
  • Mar 25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • Mar 25 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and psychologist, dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (The Death of the Author), dies of injuries incurred in an accident at 64
  • Mar 31 VladimĂ­r Holan, Czech poet, dies at 74