What Happened in March 2002

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
  • Mar 1 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
  • Mar 1 The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).
  • Mar 2 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ends March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
  • Mar 3 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • Mar 3 33rd NAACP Image Awards: "Ali" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
  • Mar 4 Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Mar 10 49th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats NC State, 91-61
  • Mar 10 43rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Alabama, 61-58
  • Mar 12 Animated film "Ice Age" directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, with voices by Denis Leary and John Leguizamo premieres
  • Mar 19 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 20 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
Rapper Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
  • Mar 21 In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • Mar 21 Schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Mar 23 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Freddy Got Fingered wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 24 74th Academy Awards: "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of colour) win

  • Mar 27 Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.
  • Mar 31 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma 82-70

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 1 "12 Angry Men" actor Edward James Olmos (55) divorces "Sopranos" actress Lorraine Bracco (47) after 8 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Claire Davenport, English actress (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • Mar 4 Velibor Vasović, Yugoslavian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 6 Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
  • Mar 11 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Mar 12 Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • Mar 12 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Quebec painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 13 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14 Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • Mar 17 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • Mar 17 Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • Mar 17 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), dies at 90
  • Mar 18 R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 21 Herman Talmadge, American politician (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • Mar 23 Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • Mar 24 César Milstein, Argentine scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1927)
  • Mar 25 Kenneth Wolstenholme, English football commentator (b. 1920)
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 27 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Dudley Moore, British actor (b. 1935)

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (The Lost Weekend, Some Like it Hot), dies at 95

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
  • Mar 29 Rico Yan, Philippine Young Movie & TV Actor (b. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Mar 31 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)