What Happened in March 2005

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. Deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 North-West Rebellion.
  • Mar 3 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling - a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
  • Mar 4 The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
  • Mar 4 United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
  • Mar 5 The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its first National Convention.
  • Mar 7 Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait.
  • Mar 12 Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
  • Mar 12 26th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats West Virginia, 68-59
  • Mar 13 Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
  • Mar 13 52nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 69-64
  • Mar 13 46th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 70-53

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Mar 13 Bob Iger is named CEO of Walt Disney International, succeeding Michael Eisner

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger
  • Mar 14 Cedar Revolution, where over one and a million Lebanese went into the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon, and against the government, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • Mar 16 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • Mar 18 Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband.
  • Mar 20 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
  • Mar 23 The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
  • Mar 23 A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.

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Mar 24 US version of "The Office" created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, developed by Greg Daniels, starring Steve Carrell and John Krasinski premieres on NBS

Comedian Ricky Gervais
Comedian
Ricky Gervais
  • Mar 25 36th NAACP Image Awards: "Ray" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 26 The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.
  • Mar 26 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose
  • Mar 28 The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 1 Former Full House actor John Stamos (41) divorces X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (31) after 5 years of marriage

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Mar 25 American actress Jennifer Aniston (36) files for divorce from actor and film producer Brad Pitt (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 4 and a half years of marriage

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Rick Mahler, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • Mar 2 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • Mar 3 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Nicola Calipari, Italian secret service agent (b. 1953)
  • Mar 4 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • Mar 4 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • Mar 4 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 6 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • Mar 6 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Mar 6 Teresa Wright, American actress (b. 1918)
  • Mar 6 Hans Bethe, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • Mar 7 John Box, British film production designer and art director (b. 1920)
  • Mar 7 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (b. 1950)
  • Mar 8 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • Mar 8 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (b. 1948)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Lotz, German business executive, second postwar CEO of Volkswagen (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian professional whistler; aka Baroness Lips von Lipstrill (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 10 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (b. 1936)
  • Mar 10 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet) (b. 1951)
  • Mar 12 Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
  • Mar 12 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • Mar 15 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • Mar 15 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • Mar 16 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • Mar 16 Anthony George, American TV actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 16 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Dick Radatz, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Mar 17 George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • Mar 17 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 19 John De Lorean, American automobile engineer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 20 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 21 Barney Martin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 21 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (b. 1913)
  • Mar 25 Paul Henning, American TV/film producer and writer (b. 1911)

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Mar 26 James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), dies of lobar pneumonia, cardiac failure and kidney failure at 92

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Mar 26 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • Mar 26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • Mar 26 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • Mar 27 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 27 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist (b. 1921)
  • Mar 28 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 29 Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (b. 1937)
  • Mar 29 Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (b. 1968)
  • Mar 29 Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)
  • Mar 30 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Robert Creeley, American poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 30 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • Mar 30 Fred Korematsu, American civil rights activist (b. 1919)
  • Mar 30 O. V. Vijayan, Indian author and cartoonist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 30 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • Mar 31 Stanley J. Korsmeyer, American oncologist (b. 1951)
  • Mar 31 Frank Perdue, American poultry farmer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 31 Terri Schiavo, American figure in right to die case (b. 1963)
  • Mar 31 Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician (b. 1905)