What Happened on March 4, 2009

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • George McAfee, former American football player (b. 1918)
  • Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • Salvatore Samperi, Italian film director (b 1944)
  • Trizt├ín Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • Yvon Cormier, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1938)