What Happened in March 1999

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
  • Mar 6 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63
  • Mar 7 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • Mar 7 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63
  • Mar 8 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Mar 11 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Mar 12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • Mar 15 Pluto again becomes outermost planet
  • Mar 20 Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • Mar 20 19th Golden Raspberry Awards: An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn wins
  • Mar 21 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 21 71st Academy Awards: "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win

  • Mar 23 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
  • Mar 24 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 24 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 25 13th Soul Train Music Awards: Luther Vandross, R. Kelly & Lauryn Hill win

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Mar 26 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • Mar 26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • Mar 28 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke 62-45
  • Mar 29 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke 77-74
  • Mar 29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 31 "10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 13 Wiktoria Gąsiewska, Polish actress
  • Mar 19 Tatum McCann, American actress
  • Mar 23 Prince Beltran of Bulgaria

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 20 "Smallville" actress Annette O' Toole (46) weds "Laverne and Shirley" actor Michael McKean (51) at The Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 2 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • Mar 3 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Mar 4 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Del Close, American actor (b. 1934)
  • Mar 4 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 5 Richard Kiley, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Mar 6 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, emir of Bahrain (b. 1933)
  • Mar 6 Dennis Viollet, former soccer player (b. 1933)
  • Mar 7 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official (b. 1918)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Stanley Kubrick, American film director (2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) dies at 70

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Mar 8 Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 8 Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Mar 8 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • Mar 8 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 9 Harry Somers, Canadian composer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 10 Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • Mar 11 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 12 Yehudi Menuhin, American-born British violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Mar 13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • Mar 14 Kirk Alyn, American actor (b. 1910)
  • Mar 16 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • Mar 17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • Mar 17 Rod Hull, British comedian (Emu), dies after falling off a roof at 63
  • Mar 18 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • Mar 19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • Mar 22 David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
  • Mar 23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • Mar 24 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 24 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • Mar 25 Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball manager (b. 1936)
  • Mar 28 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • Mar 29 Joe Williams, American singer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • Mar 30 Gary Morton, American film and television producer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)