What Happened in March 2012

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Euro zone unemployment reaches historical high of 10.7%
  • Mar 2 Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky
  • Mar 2 The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army
  • Mar 2 New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members
  • Mar 3 Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
  • Mar 3 Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
  • Mar 4 Munitions dump explosions kill at least 250 people in the Republic of Congo

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 4 Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 4 Over 10,000 illegal Peruvian gold miners clash with police to gain control of Puerto Maldonado
  • Mar 5 27 members of Iraq's security force are killed by gunmen disguised as police in Haditha
  • Mar 5 Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar
  • Mar 6 9,000 residents are evacuated from Wagga Wagga, Australia, as the Murrimbidgee River threatens to overflow
  • Mar 8 Greece secures debt-restructuring deal with private lenders
  • Mar 8 Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles over safety concerns
  • Mar 9 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Mar 10 At least 130 rockets are fired into Israel from Gaza
  • Mar 10 33rd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Cincinnati, 50-44
  • Mar 11 US soldier kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan
  • Mar 11 59th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #17 Florida State beats #4 North Carolina, 85-82
  • Mar 11 53rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Vanderbilt beats Kentucky, 71-64
  • Mar 12 100 people are killed in ethnic clashes and cattle raids in South Sudan
  • Mar 12 45 people, including children, are massacred by the Syrian Army in Homs
  • Mar 12 China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 12 "Hunger Games" directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence premieres in Los Angeles

  • Mar 13 19 people are shot dead in a bus attack in Ethiopia
  • Mar 13 Encyclopaedia Britannica announces that it will no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopaedia
  • Mar 13 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mar 13 28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland
  • Mar 16 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes first cricketer to score 100 international centuries

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

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Mar 16 George Clooney and other several prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience

  • Mar 17 Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur
  • Mar 17 Wales defeat France to record their eleventh Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship
  • Mar 18 Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium
  • Mar 18 Joachim Gauck elected President of the Federal republic of Germany by the Federal Assembly
  • Mar 19 Wendy's overtakes Burger King to become the second best selling hamburger chain
  • Mar 20 50 people are killed and 240 injured in a wave of terror attacks across 10 cities in Iraq
  • Mar 20 Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down
  • Mar 21 Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982
  • Mar 21 Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal
  • Mar 22 Massive fire devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife on Mount Kenya
  • Mar 22 Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales
  • Mar 22 Largest protest in Quebec's history occurs in Montreal with over 200,000 people marching against government tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education
  • Mar 22 Ireland returns to recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011 following a fall of 1.1% in the third quarter
  • Mar 23 African Union suspends Mali's membership following a coup
  • Mar 24 African Union deploys 5,000 strong force with the aim of catching or killing warlord Joseph Kony
  • Mar 25 Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron
  • Mar 26 Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Mar 30 Spanish Government cuts 27 billion Euros from its budget in a tough austerity measure
  • Mar 30 Mastercard and Visa announce a massive breach in security with over ten million compromised credit card numbers
  • Mar 30 American Mega Millions lottery hits a world record lottery amount of 640 million dollars
  • Mar 31 Fiji Floods kill 2 people and force thousands to be evacuated

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 8 Former "Raising Sextuplets" star Jenny Masche weds longtime beau Levi McClendon in San Diego

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 9 Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (76) weds his cousin's ex Judith Brown (62) in Natchez, Mississippi

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Mar 10 "Curly Sue" actress Alisan Porter (30) weds former "Days of Our Lives" actor Brian Autenrieth (33) at Diablo Dormido in the Santa Monica

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 18 "Twilight" actor Peter Facinelli (38) divorces "Beverly Hills 90210" actress Jennie Garth (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger and publisher, dies at 43
  • Mar 2 Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • Mar 2 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • Mar 2 James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • Mar 2 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • Mar 3 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer, dies at 72
  • Mar 3 Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer, dies at 82
  • Mar 3 Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, dies from prostate cancer at 64
  • Mar 3 Alex Webster, American football coach, dies at 80
  • Mar 3 Leonardo Cimino, American actor, dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 94
  • Mar 4 Don Mincher, American Major League Baseball first baseman, dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • Mar 5 William Heirens, American serial killer, dies at 83
  • Mar 6 Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Donald Payne, American Congressman, dies from colon cancer at 77
  • Mar 6 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • Mar 8 Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • Mar 9 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • Mar 9 Selma Rubin, American environmental activist, dies at 96
  • Mar 9 Lord Wedderton of Charlton, British academic and politician, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Jean Giraud, French comic artist, dies at 73
  • Mar 10 Julio Gonzalez, Mexican light heavyweight boxer, dies from a hit and run at 35
  • Mar 10 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukrainian president, dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Frank Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry, dies from Parkinson's disease at 84
  • Mar 10 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player, dies at 86
  • Mar 11 Sid Couchey, American comic book artist, dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • Mar 13 Jock Hobbs [Michael], New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black, dies from leukemia at 52
  • Mar 14 Censu Tabone, President of Malta, dies at 98
  • Mar 14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer, dies from surgical complications at 83
  • Mar 15 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • Mar 16 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer, dies at 85
  • Mar 17 John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
  • Mar 17 Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88
  • Mar 17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 18 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • Mar 19 William Charette, American navy hospital corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 79
  • Mar 20 Jim Stynes, Irish Australian rules footballer, dies from cancer at 45
  • Mar 20 Mel Parnell [Melvin], American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies from cancer at 89
  • Mar 23 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77
  • Mar 24 Jocky Wilson, Scottish world champion darts player, dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Mar 25 Bert Sugar, American sports writer, dies from a cardiac arrest at 74
  • Mar 27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • Mar 27 Warren Stevens, American actor, dies from lung disease at 92
  • Mar 27 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • Mar 28 John Arden, English novelist/playwright, dies at 81
  • Mar 28 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Harry Crews, American writer/actor, dies from neuropathy at 76
  • Mar 28 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 29 Bill Jenkins, American Hall of Fame drag racer and engineer, dies at 81
  • Mar 30 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74