What Happened in March 2008

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Riots in Yerevan, Armenia concerning the Armenian presidential election, 2008 come to a fatal end, with police forces clashing with civilians in their peaceful protest, resulting in 8 deaths.
  • Mar 13 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time.
  • Mar 15 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
  • Mar 16 55th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 North Carolina beats #22 Clemson, 86-81
  • Mar 16 49th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Arkansas, 66-57
  • Mar 17 New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson becomes acting New York State governor.
  • Mar 19 GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye was briefly observed on this day.
  • Mar 22 The French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets the world record of 47.50 for the 100 m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008.
  • Mar 24 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.
  • Mar 31 Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 23 France's former first lady Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz (50) weds Moroccan-born public relations executive Richard Attias (48) in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 29 Biggest Loser contestant Amy Hildreth (28) weds Marty Wolff (27) in Charleston, South Carolina

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 3 Actor Michael Biehn (52) divorces film producer Gina Marsh after 20 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 17 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 21 Second wife Marsha Garces divorces comedian Robin Williams (56) after nearly 19 years of marriage due to irreconcilable differences

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Gary Gygax, Fantasy author and role-playing games creator. (b. 1938)
  • Mar 4 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • Mar 4 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • Mar 5 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • Mar 6 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • Mar 8 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • Mar 10 Richard Fran Biegenwald, an American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • Mar 14 Chiara Lubich, Italian Catholic activist and leader and foundress of the Focolare (b. 1920)
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 16 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • Mar 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • Mar 16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 John Hewer, Actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials. (b. 1922)
  • Mar 17 Roland Arnall, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)
  • Mar 18 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54
  • Mar 18 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 19 Sir Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction author and inventor (b. 1917)

Sci-Fi Author Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Mar 19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
  • Mar 19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 20 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24 Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 24 Richard Widmark, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • Mar 25 Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Mar 25 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • Mar 26 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • Mar 26 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • Mar 27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • Mar 30 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Mar 30 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • Mar 30 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • Mar 31 Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)
  • Mar 31 Bill Keightley, "Mr. Wildcat." University of Kentucky basketball equipment manger 1962-2008 (b .1926)