What Happened in March 2001

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 IRA explode a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • Mar 4 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • Mar 4 Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
  • Mar 5 In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Mar 6 US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham establishes the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to be used in emergency circumstances
  • Mar 10 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
  • Mar 11 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
  • Mar 11 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55
  • Mar 15 The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions
  • Mar 17 OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1
  • Mar 19 The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
  • Mar 20 Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15
  • Mar 23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
  • Mar 24 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: Battlefield Earth wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 25 73rd Academy Awards: "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win

  • Mar 26 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 John Diamond, British journalist (b. 1953)
  • Mar 3 Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 4 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Harold Stassen, American politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 6 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • Mar 7 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 8 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 10 Massimo Morsello, Italian musician and far right activist (b. 1958)
  • Mar 12 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
  • Mar 13 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • Mar 13 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • Mar 15 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 16 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Mar 17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • Mar 18 John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • Mar 19 Charles K. Johnson, American President of the Flat Earth Society, dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • Mar 21 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • Mar 21 Anthony Steel, English actor (b. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 22 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Mar 23 Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • Mar 24 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 25 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde. dies at 77
  • Mar 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • Mar 29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • Mar 29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)