What Happened in March 2009

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.
  • Mar 3 The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.
  • Mar 4 International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, first sitting head of state to be indicted
  • Mar 4 U.S. Steel announce the closure of the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario due to the increasingly worsening effects of the global economic slowdown
  • Mar 4 Malaysia has a 50% chance of slipping into the recession as growth is expected to reach just 0.5% for the year, announces the executive director Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Moises Alou announces he will retire following the World Baseball Classic

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Real Madrid

Footballer Neymar
  • Mar 11 Winnenden school shooting - 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.
  • Mar 13 30th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Louisville beats #10 Villanova, 69-55
  • Mar 15 56th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Duke beats #22 Florida State, 79-69
  • Mar 15 50th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Tennessee, 64-61
  • Mar 22 Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.
  • Mar 22 Cricket Women's World Cup: England defeats New Zealand by 4 wickets
  • Mar 27 Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people.

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 11 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) Savannah, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 14 Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt (36) weds Brittney Cade at a private ceremony in Ojai, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • Mar 14 New Zealand cricketer Martin Crow marries ex-Miss Universe Lorraine Downes

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Talk show host David Letterman (61) weds longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko (48) at a civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Star of Die Hard film Bruce Willis (52) weds model and actress Emma Heming (29) in Turks and Caicos Islands

  • Mar 21 British songbird who soared to the top of the charts with her hit "Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield (27) weds California businessman Matthew Robinson at Church Estate Vineyard's in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode (29) weds technician Michael Harryman in El Monte, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • Mar 22 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (36) weds composer Mike Verta (36) at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 20 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (37) divorces actress Harmoni Everett (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • Mar 2 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 4 Yvon Cormier, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 4 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 4 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 George McAfee, former American football player (b. 1918)
  • Mar 4 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Salvatore Samperi, Italian film director (b 1944)
  • Mar 4 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
  • Mar 6 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1959)
  • Mar 7 Jang Ja-yeon, South Korean actress (b. 1982)
  • Mar 8 Ali Bongo, President of the Magic Circle (b.1929)
  • Mar 8 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • Mar 11 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • Mar 13 Andrew Martin, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1975)
  • Mar 13 Betsy Blair, American actress of film and stage, (b. 1923)
  • Mar 13 James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • Mar 14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 14 Altovise Davis, American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife. (b. 1943)
  • Mar 15 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 17 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 18 Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

  • Mar 19 Ion Dolănescu, Romanian singer and politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • Mar 21 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • Mar 22 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • Mar 22 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • Mar 23 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 24 George Kell, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Mar 25 Johnny Blanchard, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Mar 25 Gábor Ocskay, Hungarian hockey player (b. 1975)
  • Mar 25 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • Mar 25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • Mar 27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • Mar 29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (b.1924)
  • Mar 29 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Mar 31 Jarl Alfredius, Swedish news anchor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 31 Raúl Alfonsín, Argentinean ex president (b. 1927)