March 1999 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 5 Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
  • Mar 8 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Mar 11 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Mar 12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • Mar 15 Pluto again becomes outermost planet
  • Mar 20 Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • Mar 21 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • Mar 23 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.
  • Mar 24 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 24 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
  • Mar 26 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • Mar 26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • Mar 29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 23 Prince Beltran of Bulgaria

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Mar 4 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 6 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, emir of Bahrain (b. 1933)
  • Mar 7 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official (b. 1918)
  • Mar 8 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • Mar 10 Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • Mar 11 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 13 Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Mar 13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 16 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • Mar 18 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • Mar 19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • Mar 24 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)