On This Day

March 1986 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
  • Mar 2 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
  • Mar 4 Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ
  • Mar 5 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • Mar 6 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • Mar 6 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • Mar 7 South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends
  • Mar 8 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • Mar 8 Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km
  • Mar 9 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • Mar 9 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • Mar 9 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • Mar 10 Ernie Lombardi, NL MVP in 1938, & Bobby Doerr, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 1 million days since the foundation of Rome on April 21st, 753 BC
  • Mar 11 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 11 Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km

  • Mar 12 210.25 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 12 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
  • Mar 13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • Mar 13 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • Mar 14 European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)
  • Mar 15 Funeral services held for murdered Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • Mar 17 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
  • Mar 18 US Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
  • Mar 20 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (UK record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Jacques Chirac forms French government

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • Mar 20 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • Mar 21 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 21 Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) & 3 km (4:18.02)
  • Mar 22 Ehrig skates ladies world record 5 km (7:20.99)
  • Mar 22 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 22 Kania skates ladies' world record 1500m (1:59.30)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Debi Thomas (USA)
  • Mar 24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • Mar 24 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • Mar 24 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules Air Force could ban wearing of yarmulkes
  • Mar 28 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 Hindus in Ludhiana, India
  • Mar 28 John N McMahon, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 31 167 die when Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes
  • Mar 31 English Hampton Court palace badly damaged by fire, 1 dead
  • Mar 31 Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 13 Chiaki Kyan, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Mar 25 Megan Gibson, American softball player
  • Mar 26 Jessica McClure, baby trapped in Texas well in 1988
  • Mar 27 Melissa Stern, [Baby M]/[Sara Whitehead], surrogate baby
  • Mar 28 Robert Bowdrie "Bowe" Bergdahl, American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, born in Sun Valley, Idaho

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • Mar 2 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • Mar 4 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75

Person of interestElizabeth Smart

Mar 4 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • Mar 4 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), dies at 81

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

Mar 6 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Mar 7 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81
  • Mar 8 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • Mar 13 Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • Mar 17 John Bagot Glubb, British commandant and writer (A soldier with the Arabs), dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (The Fixer, The Natural, Pulitzer 1967), dies at 71
  • Mar 21 August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • Mar 30 John Ciardi, American poet/interpreter (Dante), dies at 69