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March 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • Mar 1 The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Mar 2 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • Mar 2 Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
  • Mar 3 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • Mar 3 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • Mar 4 Eastern Airlines machinists strike

FranceLouvre Pyramid

Mar 4 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President Francois Mitterrand

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I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
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  • Mar 5 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • Mar 5 Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)

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Mar 7 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Novelist
Salman Rushdie
  • Mar 7 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • Mar 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy

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Mar 9 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Mar 9 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • Mar 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

  • Mar 12 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 12 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election

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Mar 12 Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submits his first proposal for an "information management system" to his boss at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) who finds it “vague, but exciting”

Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer Scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • Mar 13 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • Mar 13 FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • Mar 13 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • Mar 15 US Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • Mar 17 Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
  • Mar 18 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
  • Mar 18 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • Mar 18 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops
  • Mar 19 Boeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)
  • Mar 20 Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Mar 22 US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • Mar 23 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • Mar 23 Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter
  • Mar 24 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 26 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Mar 29 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)

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Mar 29 I. M. Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • Mar 29 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

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Mar 31 Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 13 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, born in London (d. 2014)
  • Mar 14 Oliver Bernsen, son of Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays
  • Mar 25 Chicken Kentucky, 1st partial birth in space (chicken)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist & VARA radio host, dies at 64
  • Mar 9 Robert Mapplethorpe, American photographer, dies at 42
  • Mar 11 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • Mar 11 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 11 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • Mar 14 Edward Abbey (environmental author), dies after surgery at 62
  • Mar 14 Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
  • Mar 15 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • Mar 18 Harold Jeffreys, English mathematician (Theory of Probability) and geophysicist, dies at 97