What Happened in March 2015

Historical Events

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Mar 3 "Under the Dome" a documentary on pollution in China by Chai Jing has been viewed over 150 million times in 3 days on Tencent

Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Environmental Activist
Chai Jing

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Mar 5 Harrison Ford crash-lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aeroplane in California

  • Mar 5 -8th Islamic State militants ransack and destroy ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra and Dur-Sharrukin in Iraq
  • Mar 6 US State Department charges 2 Vietnamese and a Canadian citizen with cyberfraud, for stealing 1 billion email addresses for spam
  • Mar 6 NASA's Dawn spacecraft enters orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres
  • Mar 7 54 people are killed & 143 are wounded by 5 Boko Haram suicide bombings in Maiduguri city, Nigeria

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Mar 9 US President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat to the US

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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Mar 10 The family of Marvin Gaye win a record $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.

  • Mar 13 Cyclone Pam causes widespread damage in Vanuatu and the South Pacific, including 15-16 deaths.
  • Mar 14 62nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Notre Dame beats North Carolina, 90-82
  • Mar 14 36th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Villanova beats Xavier, 69-52
  • Mar 15 56th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 78-63
  • Mar 24 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board
  • Mar 24 The Opportunity rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon
  • Mar 25 British musician Zayn Malik annouces he is leaving the band One Direction
  • Mar 26 Richard III of England (1452-1485) is reburied at Leicester Cathedral in England, after being discovered under a carpark in Leicester in 2012
  • Mar 27 Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M launches to deliver three crew members to the international space station to research the long-term effects of micro gravity
  • Mar 29 Cricket World Cup: Australia defeats fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Mar 29 Nigerian General Election - voting is extended to a 2nd day. death toll from Boko Haram attacks at 43

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Mar 21 Country music star Randy Travis (55) weds longtime girlfriend Mary Davis in Texas
  • Mar 29 "Shahs of Sunset" actor Mike Shouhed weds Jessica Parido at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 23 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Minnie Minoso, Cuban American baseball player (1st black player for White Socks), dies at 92
  • Mar 1 Orrin Keepnews, American Jazz record label executive and producer (Riverside records), dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • Mar 8 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • Mar 9 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), dies at 94

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Mar 12 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett

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Mar 12 Michael Graves, American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

Architect Michael Graves
Michael Graves
  • Mar 13 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, dies at 91
  • Mar 14 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember) dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87
  • Mar 16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62

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Mar 20 Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal, 1975-83), dies at 84

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 20 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • Mar 20 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Chuck Pednarik 'Concrete Charlie', American professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Leon Brittan, [Baron Brittan of Spennithorne] British politician and Home Secretary, dies at 75
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74

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Mar 23 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), dies of pneumonia at 91

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Mar 26 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 26 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Gene Saks, American actor/director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93