March 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
  • Mar 1 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
  • Mar 1 The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).
  • Mar 2 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ends March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
  • Mar 3 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • Mar 4 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
  • Mar 4 Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
  • Mar 19 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.
  • Mar 21 In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • Mar 21 Schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Mar 27 Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • Mar 11 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Mar 12 Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • Mar 12 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Quebec painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 13 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14 Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • Mar 17 Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • Mar 17 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), dies at 90
  • Mar 18 R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • Mar 21 Herman Talmadge, American politician (b. 1913)
  • Mar 24 César Milstein, Argentine scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1927)
  • Mar 25 Kenneth Wolstenholme, English football commentator (b. 1920)
  • Mar 29 Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother