What Happened in March 2004

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
  • Mar 1 Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.
  • Mar 2 Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.
  • Mar 2 War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
  • Mar 2 Rosetta space probe is launched by the European Space Agency to study comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with Philae lander module aboard
  • Mar 3 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world's largest brewer.
  • Mar 6 35th NAACP Image Awards: "The Fighting Temptations" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 7 New Democracy wins the national elections in Greece.
  • Mar 8 A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.
  • Mar 11 Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid's rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
  • Mar 12 Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea is impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation's history.
  • Mar 13 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58
  • Mar 14 51st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats #5 Duke, 95-87
  • Mar 14 45th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 89-73
  • Mar 15 Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.
  • Mar 17 Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.
  • Mar 19 A truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.
  • Mar 19 A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in the 1950s is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the crew are left in place, pending further investigations.
  • Mar 19 Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party's first leader.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 20 18th Soul Train Music Awards: R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Outkast & Beyoncé win

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Singer Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
  • Mar 21 In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority.
  • Mar 22 Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant group Hamas, and bodyguards are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
  • Mar 23 Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India.
  • Mar 27 HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
  • Mar 29 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
  • Mar 29 The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
  • Mar 31 In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 21 Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 3 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 30 "Alias" actress Jennifer Garner (30) divorces actor Scott Foley (30) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (b. 1916)
  • Mar 2 Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)
  • Mar 2 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (b. 1980)
  • Mar 3 Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)
  • Mar 4 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • Mar 4 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 George Pake, American physicist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
  • Mar 5 Walt Gorney, American actor (b. 1912)
  • Mar 6 Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Ray Fernandez, American professional wrestler (b. 1957)
  • Mar 7 Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1941)
  • Mar 8 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Mar 9 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (b. 1917)
  • Mar 9 Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • Mar 10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • Mar 13 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
  • Mar 15 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • Mar 15 John Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
  • Mar 16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • Mar 17 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • Mar 18 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
  • Mar 19 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (b. 1911)
  • Mar 20 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • Mar 20 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. ca. 1937)
  • Mar 23 Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
  • Mar 26 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • Mar 26 Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 28 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • Mar 28 Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 30 Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 30 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Michael King, New Zealand historian (b. 1945)

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • Mar 30 Timi Yuro, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, dies at 65