2005 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 186

  • Jan 5 Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
  • Jan 6 Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.
  • Jan 9 The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, commonly known as the Naivasha Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement rebel group in Naivasha, Kenya.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 9 Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Jan 10 A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
  • Jan 12 Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
  • Jan 14 Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Jan 15 ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • Jan 15 An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
  • Jan 16 At 66 years old, Romanian university lecturer Adriana Illiescu becomes the oldest birth mother in the world
  • Jan 18 The world's largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, is unveiled in France
  • Jan 21 In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
  • Jan 25 A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.

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Jan 26 Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • Jan 26 Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
  • Jan 29 The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.
  • Feb 1 Nepalese King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • Feb 1 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
  • Feb 6 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister
  • Feb 7 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world
  • Feb 8 Israel and Palestinians agree to ceasefire.
  • Feb 8 Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"

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Feb 10 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales announces engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • Feb 10 55th Berlin International Film Festival: "U-Carmen" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 14 Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.
  • Feb 14 Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines' Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
  • Feb 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • Feb 20 Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
  • Feb 20 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)

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Feb 23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Feb 23 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.

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Feb 26 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Feb 28 Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
  • Feb 28 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
  • Mar 3 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. It is the deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 and the North-West Rebellion.
  • Mar 3 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling - a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
  • Mar 4 The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
  • Mar 4 United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
  • Mar 5 The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its first National Convention.
  • Mar 7 Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait.
  • Mar 12 Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
  • Mar 13 Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
  • Mar 14 Cedar Revolution, where over one and a million Lebanese went into the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon, and against the government, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • Mar 16 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • Mar 18 Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband.
  • Mar 20 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
  • Mar 23 The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
  • Mar 23 A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.
  • Mar 26 The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.
  • Mar 28 The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.
  • Apr 6 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
  • Apr 7 The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
  • Apr 14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 19 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 24 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Apr 25 The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
  • Apr 25 Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
  • Apr 25 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.
  • Apr 26 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
  • Apr 27 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • Apr 28 The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
  • Apr 29 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
  • Apr 29 New Zealand's first civil union takes place.
  • May 5 The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term.
  • May 8 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

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May 9 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • May 10 A hand grenade which was thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
  • May 13 The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
  • May 14 Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.
  • May 14 The former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
  • May 16 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
  • May 29 France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.
  • May 31 Mark Felt, former FBI high ranking official revealed as "Deep Throat" source during Watergate investigations in "Vanity Fair" article
  • Jun 1 The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection.
  • Jun 1 The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.

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Jun 3 'The Knight of Sainte-Hermine' by Alexandre Dumas is published in France by Editions Phébus, completed by Claude Schopp, 135 years after the author's death.

  • Jun 5 59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win
  • Jun 6 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.

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Jun 19 Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Jun 27 AMD files broad antitrust complaints against Intel Corporation in U.S. Federal District Court, alleging abuse of monopoly powers and antitrust violations.
  • Jun 28 A final design for Manhattan's Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.
  • Jun 30 Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • Jul 3 The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain.
  • Jul 4 The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • Jul 7 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • Jul 7 Influenced by Live 8, the G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010.
  • Jul 10 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.

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Jul 16 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 17 13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 20 Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the bill C-38 receives its Royal Assent.
  • Jul 21 Four terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7 bombings, target London's public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers are captured and later convicted and imprisoned for long terms.
  • Jul 22 Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers. See 7 July 2005 London bombings and 21 July 2005 London bombings
  • Jul 23 Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people.
  • Jul 26 Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
  • Jul 26 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.
  • Jul 26 Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
  • Jul 27 STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.
  • Jul 28 The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland
  • Jul 28 A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
  • Jul 29 Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 30 Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah II, of Jordan
  • Jun 5 Irene Urdangarin, granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain
  • Jun 26 Princess Alexia of the Netherlands
  • Sep 16 Princess Jalilah bint Ali, of Jordan
  • Oct 4 Prince Emmanuel of Belgium
  • Oct 15 Prince Christian of Denmark
  • Oct 31 Infanta Leonor of Spain, daughter of Felipe, Prince of Asturias and Letizia, Princess of Asturias
  • Dec 3 Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway
  • Dec 13 Prince Aymeric of Belgium
  • Dec 13 Prince Nicolas of Belgium

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • Apr 16 "Survivor: All-Stars" winner Amber Mariano (26) weds The Amazing Race star Rob Mariano (29) at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
  • Apr 19 "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon (35) weds plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken at the Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga, California
  • May 7 Lawyer Bobby Shriver (51) weds artist Malissa Feruzzi (41) in Los Angeles
  • May 27 "Amazing Race 6" winner Kendra Bentley (25) weds Freddy Holliday (34) in Bal Harbour, Florida
  • Jun 1 "The Amazing Race 7" executive assistant Alex Ali and Lynn Warren in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jun 18 "Queens Park Rangers" football striker Djibril Cisse (23) weds Jude Littler at Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, North Wales

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 18 Politician Jerry Brown (67) weds businesswoman Anne Gust (47) in Oakland, California

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Jun 24 "Real Madrid" football striker Michael Owen (25) weds Louise Bonsall at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, England
  • Aug 5 Bavaria's Prince Leopold's son Prince Manuel von Bayern (31) weds Prince Ludwig-Ferdinand's daughter Princess Anna of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Sweden
  • Aug 20 Award-winning American news anchor Lauren Sanchez (35) weds prominent talent agent Patrick Whitesell at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • Aug 21 "Strictly Come Dancing" hostess Natasha Kaplinsky (32) weds investment banker Justin Bower at St. Margaret's Church in Somerset, England
  • Aug 30 "Squeeze" band founder Jools Holland (47) weds sculptor Christabel McEwen at St. James Church in Cooling, Kent, England
  • Sep 10 Camilla Parker-Bowles's son Tom Parker Bowles (30) weds "Harpers & Queen" fashion features editor Sara Buys at St. Nicholas' Church in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire, England
  • Sep 17 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (47) weds Bill Powers in Montauk, New York
  • Oct 20 Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds Aimee Sohngen (28) in a civil ceremony at the Stadhuis in Naarden
  • Oct 22 "Extra" reporter Carlos Diaz weds Adrienne Allen at Union Station's Grand Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 22 Austria's finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser (36) weds Fiona Swarovski in Weissenkirchen, Austria
  • Nov 2 Irish TV and radio presenter Sile Seoige (26) weds Glen Mulcahy at St. Brendan's Church in County Offaly
  • Nov 15 Emperor Akihito's daughter Princess Sayako (36) weds Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 337

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Shirley Chisholm, 1st African American Congresswoman and presidential candidate (b. 1924)

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm
  • Jan 1 Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman (b. 1931)
  • Jan 1 Eugene J. Martin, American painter, artist (b. 1938)
  • Jan 1 Bob Matsui, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Jan 2 Maclyn McCarty, American geneticist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 2 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter (b. 1921)
  • Jan 2 Frank Kelly Freas, American artist (b. 1922)
  • Jan 2 Ronald 'Bo' Ginn, American politician (b. 1934)
  • Jan 3 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (b. 1917)
  • Jan 3 Will Eisner, American comic book artist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 3 JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
  • Jan 4 Alton Tobey, American artist (b. 1914)
  • Jan 4 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (b. 1919)
  • Jan 4 Frank Harary, American mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Jan 4 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (b. 1927)
  • Jan 4 Humphrey Carpenter, English author (b. 1946)
  • Jan 6 Louis Robichaud, Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1925)
  • Jan 6 Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)
  • Jan 7 Pierre Daninos, French novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 7 Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • Jan 8 Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • Jan 10 James Forman, American civil rights leader (b. 1928)
  • Jan 10 Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)
  • Jan 10 Joséphine-Charlotte, Grandduchess of Luxembourg (b. 1927)
  • Jan 10 Metropolitan Wasyly Fedak, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (b. 1909)
  • Jan 12 Alessia di Matteo, first survivor of eight transplants in one operation (b. 2003)
  • Jan 12 Edmund S. Valtman, Estonian-born cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • Jan 14 Charlotte MacLeod, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Jan 14 Conroy Maddox, English painter (b. 1912)
  • Jan 14 Rudolph Moshammer, German fashion designer (b. 1940)
  • Jan 14 Jesús-Rafael Soto, Venezuelan kinetic artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 15 Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
  • Jan 15 Walter Ernsting, German author (b. 1920)
  • Jan 15 Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
  • Jan 16 Marjorie Williams, American journalist (b. 1958)
  • Jan 17 Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)
  • Jan 17 Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 17 Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
  • Jan 19 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (b. 1976)
  • Jan 19 Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)
  • Jan 19 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • Jan 20 Per Borten, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1913)
  • Jan 20 Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian (b. 1921)
  • Jan 20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Polish journalist, writer, and politician (b. 1913)
  • Jan 20 Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 21 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (b. 1907)
  • Jan 21 John L. Hess, American journalist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 22 Carlo Orelli, Italian veteran of World War I (b. 1894)
  • Jan 22 Rose Mary Woods, American Watergate scandal figure (b. 1917)
  • Jan 23 Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare, British politician (b. 1921)
  • Jan 24 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 25 Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 25 William Augustus Bootle, American judge (b. 1902)
  • Jan 25 Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)
  • Jan 25 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • Jan 29 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli satirst (b. 1924)
  • Feb 1 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95
  • Feb 3 Corrado Cardinal Bafile, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1903)
  • Feb 3 Ernst Mayr, German-born biologist (b. 1904)
  • Feb 3 Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 5 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, President of Togo (b. 1937)

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • Feb 6 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 10 Arthur Miller, American playwright, dies at 89

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 11 Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • Feb 13 Lúcia Santos, Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • Feb 13 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (b. 1965)
  • Feb 14 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • Feb 15 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 16 Queen Narriman, second and last wife of King Farouk and mother of their only child King Fuad II
  • Feb 20 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
  • Feb 20 Tom Willmore, English geometer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • Feb 21 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 22 Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 25 Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
  • Feb 26 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • Mar 1 Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent (b. 1927)
  • Mar 3 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Nicola Calipari, Italian secret service agent (b. 1953)
  • Mar 4 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 6 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • Mar 6 Hans Bethe, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • Mar 8 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • Mar 8 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Lotz, German business executive, second postwar CEO of Volkswagen (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian professional whistler; aka Baroness Lips von Lipstrill (b. 1924)
  • Mar 12 Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
  • Mar 15 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • Mar 15 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • Mar 16 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 17 George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • Mar 17 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 19 John De Lorean, American automobile engineer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 22 Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (b. 1913)
  • Mar 26 James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1912)
  • Mar 26 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)