March 1983 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Mar 6 In New Bedford, Massachusetts, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 11 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)

  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 23 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 31 Popayán Earthquake (5.5 Mw Depth) in Colombia kills 267 people, injuring some 7,500
  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian writer
  • Mar 9 Clint Dempsey, American footballer, born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Mar 10 Reena Virk, Canadian murder victim (d. 1997)
  • Mar 23 François Gabart, French sailor (record round-the-world trip), born in Saint-Michel-d'Entraygues, France
  • Mar 26 David Bennett, Canadian powerlifter and steamfitter

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 16 Producer Dick Wolf (36) divorces Susan Scranton after more than 13 years of marriage

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77

Person of interestHergé

Mar 3 Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), dies at 75

Cartoonist Hergé
  • Mar 9 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukraine economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Jose Luis Sert, Spanish-US architect/urban developer, dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • Mar 16 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 17 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Mar 18 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • Mar 18 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 20 Ivan Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (analytic number theory), dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Barney Clark, 1st artifical heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • Mar 26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)