What Happened in March 2006

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time.
  • Mar 1 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
  • Mar 1 Animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown" directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Belgium
  • Mar 3 37th NAACP Image Awards: "Crash" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response received.
  • Mar 4 26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins
  • Mar 4 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win

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Mar 5 78th Academy Awards: "Crash", Philip Seymour Hoffman & Reese Witherspoon win

  • Mar 6 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
  • Mar 9 Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn.
  • Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • Mar 10 Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people.

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Mar 11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile.

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Mar 11 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61
  • Mar 12 53rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76
  • Mar 12 47th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats South Carolina, 49-47
  • Mar 15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 16 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.

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Mar 19 On the weekend of his 84th birthday, Fred Shuttlesworth gives his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Mar 20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • Mar 20 Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.
  • Mar 21 Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.
  • Mar 22 ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire.
  • Mar 22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.
  • Mar 22 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
  • Mar 23 The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply.
  • Mar 24 Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.

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Mar 24 Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Mar 25 Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  • Mar 25 Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
  • Mar 26 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force.
  • Mar 26 The military junta ruling Burma officially named Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, as the new capital. Yangon had formerly been the nation's capital.
  • Mar 26 18th Commonwealth Games close in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 27 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • Mar 28 At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • Mar 30 Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space.
  • Mar 30 UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 3 "Gata Salvaje" telenovela actress Carolina Tejera (29) weds Costa Rican businessman Don Stockwell at the Hotel Marriott in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Mar 14 OVW Heavyweight wrestling champion Matt Cappotelli (26) weds Lindsay Seeders at Makena Cove Beach in Maui
  • Mar 14 Argentinean actress Andrea Frigerio (44) weds Lucas Boccino in an intimate civil ceremony
  • Mar 14 Comedian actor Jack Black (36) weds musician and animator Tanya Haden (34) in Big Sur, California
  • Mar 16 Actress Divya Palat weds former MTV India VJ Aditya Hitkari at a temple in Matunga, India
  • Mar 16 Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (58) weds Svetlana Erokhin in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Mar 17 Publicist Lizzie Grubman (35) weds Chris Stern in New York
  • Mar 18 Television star Adita Wahi weds director Ameet Sawant in New Delhi
  • Mar 25 Cowboy Crush singer Darla Perlozzi weds musician Timmy Lee Patterson at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Mar 25 Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Jonny Moseley (30) weds Malia Rich in Telluride, Colorado
  • Mar 31 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 31 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Harry Browne, American politician and author (b. 1933)
  • Mar 1 Johnny Jackson, American musician (b. 1951)
  • Mar 1 Peter Osgood, English footballer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 2 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • Mar 2 Jack Wild, British actor (b. 1952)
  • Mar 3 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • Mar 3 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)

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Mar 5 Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man, dies at 70

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Mar 6 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American musician (b. 1945)

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Mar 6 Kirby Puckett, American baseball player, dies of a stroke at 45

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Mar 6 Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve (b. 1961)
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies at 61
  • Mar 7 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician (b. 1939)
  • Mar 7 Gordon Parks, photographer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 7 John Junkin, British performer (b. 1930)
  • Mar 8 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (b. 1915)
  • Mar 9 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • Mar 10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (b. 1932)
  • Mar 11 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)

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Mar 11 Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia and of Yugoslavia (b. 1941)

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Mar 12 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • Mar 13 Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925)
  • Mar 13 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • Mar 13 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • Mar 13 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 14 Ann Calvello, Roller Derby Queen (b. 1929)
  • Mar 14 Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia (b. 1929)
  • Mar 15 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • Mar 15 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • Mar 16 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • Mar 17 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Mar 17 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • Mar 17 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)
  • Mar 17 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (b. 1955)
  • Mar 18 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 18 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 18 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • Mar 22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian science fiction author (b. 1937)
  • Mar 23 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • Mar 23 Desmond Doss, American soldier and first conscientious objector Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • Mar 23 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • Mar 25 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Mar 25 Richard Fleischer, American film director (b. 1916)
  • Mar 25 Buck Owens, American singer and television personality (b. 1929)
  • Mar 26 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 26 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • Mar 26 Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • Mar 27 Dan Curtis, American television producer and director (b. 1928)
  • Mar 27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (b. 1925)
  • Mar 27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • Mar 27 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan (b. 1924)
  • Mar 28 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • Mar 28 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 28 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 28 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 29 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • Mar 30 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • Mar 31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)