March 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • Mar 2 The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
  • Mar 5 In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomb in the Haifa bus 37 massacre.
  • Mar 11 The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Smart found after having been missing for 9 months.
  • Mar 13 The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy
  • Mar 14 Start of weekend of protests against war in Iraq that are attended by millions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 Hu Jintao becomes President of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • Mar 16 The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.
  • Mar 17 British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
  • Mar 18 FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.
  • Mar 18 British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
  • Mar 19 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
  • Mar 23 In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company as well as 18 U.S. Marines are killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Mar 24 The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
  • Mar 28 In a "friendly fire" incident, two US A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • Mar 3 Peter Smithson, English architect (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 6 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (b. 1946)
  • Mar 11 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • Mar 11 Ivar Hansen, speaker of the Danish Folketing (b. 1938)
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (b. 1952)
  • Mar 12 Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • Mar 14 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (b. 1945)
  • Mar 14 Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
  • Mar 15 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Rachel Corrie, American political activist (b. 1979)
  • Mar 16 Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York (b. 1931)
  • Mar 17 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • Mar 18 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 19 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (b. 1926)
  • Mar 21 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Terry Lloyd, English reporter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 23 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-born journalist (b. 1926)
  • Mar 24 Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • Mar 26 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)
  • Mar 27 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • Mar 27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 29 Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (SARS) (b. 1956)
  • Mar 30 Valentin Pavlov, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (b. 1937)
  • Mar 31 H.S.M. Coxeter, English-born geometer (b. 1907)