2007 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 153

  • Jan 1 Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, joining 20 other official languages.
  • Jan 1 Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
  • Jan 1 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
  • Jan 3 National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
  • Jan 4 The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

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Jan 7 Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

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Jan 9 Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs

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Jan 11 Author J. K. Rowling finishes the 7th and last Harry Potter novel in room 552 of the Bamoral Hotel, Edinburgh

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jan 12 Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
  • Jan 13 Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.
  • Jan 15 Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.
  • Jan 17 The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
  • Jan 18 The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.
  • Jan 19 Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.
  • Jan 21 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • Jan 22 The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Jan 31 Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.
  • Feb 3 A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
  • Feb 8 57th Berlin International Film Festival: "Tuya's Marriage" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Feb 12 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.
  • Feb 13 Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
  • Feb 18 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.
  • Feb 21 Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
  • Feb 23 Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • Feb 23 A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
  • Feb 27 The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.
  • Feb 27 The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
  • Feb 28 Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
  • Mar 1 Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
  • Mar 1 "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots.
  • Mar 4 Estonian parliamentary election, 2007: Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet.
  • Mar 6 Former White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is found guilty on four of five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
  • Mar 7 British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected. (yet to be implemented - 2014)
  • Mar 9 The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens.
  • Mar 23 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mar 23 Iranian Navy seize Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters.
  • Mar 24 The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
  • Mar 31 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.
  • Apr 3 Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
  • Apr 4 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • Apr 11 2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others.
  • Apr 14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
  • Apr 16 Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
  • Apr 16 "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival
  • Apr 18 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.
  • Apr 20 Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
  • Apr 24 Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.

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Apr 25 Boris Yeltsin's funeral - the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 26 Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
  • Apr 27 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
  • Apr 29 2nd Republic protest in support of state secularism held in Instanbul, Turkey
  • May 1 The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
  • May 3 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
  • May 4 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
  • May 4 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
  • May 5 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
  • May 7 The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
  • May 8 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister

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May 11 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 12 2007 Karachi riots, which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city.
  • May 13 Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
  • May 13 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey
  • May 16 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

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May 16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • May 17 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
  • May 21 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • May 25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
  • Jun 1 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.
  • Jun 1 Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places.
  • Jun 3 USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia. (details)
  • Jun 8 Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker.
  • Jun 10 61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening & The Coast of Utopia win

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Jun 12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Jun 13 The Al Askari Mosque is bombed again.
  • Jun 13 First large scale exhibition of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's work in Mexico opens at Palacio de Bellas Artes on the 100th anniversary of her birth
  • Jun 24 The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
  • Jun 25 2007 United Kingdom floods, parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flood including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull.
  • Jun 27 The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.

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Jun 27 Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • Jun 29 Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.
  • Jun 30 A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack.
  • Jul 1 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.
  • Jul 7 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.
  • Jul 11 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win
  • Jul 14 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
  • Jul 16 An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
  • Jul 17 TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.
  • Jul 21 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs
  • Jul 24 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.
  • Jul 25 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president
  • Jul 31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
  • Aug 1 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
  • Aug 4 NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.

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Aug 7 "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies

  • Aug 8 An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.
  • Aug 12 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
  • Aug 14 The 2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 400 people.
  • Aug 15 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 28 Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco
  • Mar 19 Prince Abdullah bin Ali, Prince of Jordan
  • Apr 6 Princess Haalah bint Hashim, Princess of Jordan
  • Apr 10 Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Dutch Princess
  • Apr 18 Hayah bint Hamzah, Princess of Jordan
  • Apr 21 Princess Isabella of Denmark
  • Apr 29 Infanta Sofía of Spain, Princess of Spain
  • Sep 22 Albert Windsor, descendant of British monarch
  • Dec 17 James Windsor, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

Weddings in History

  • Feb 3 Jackass prankster Bam Margera (27) weds Missy Rothstein (26) in downtown Philadelphia
  • Feb 14 Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona (26) weds Mark Croft in Gretna Green
  • Mar 3 Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra Christina (42) weds Martin Jorgensen at Oster Egende Church in Fakse City
  • Jun 1 Legendary crooner Tony Bennett (80) weds his longtime girlfriend Susan Crow (47) in New York City
  • Jul 7 Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (38) weds handbag designer Gelila Assefa (38) in a three-day celebration on the Italian island of Capri
  • Jul 12 World's tallest man who measures 7'9" Bao Xishun (56) weds Xia Shujian (28) in a traditional Mongolian ceremony at the tomb of Kublai Khan in Beijing, China
  • Sep 1 The first Apprentice winner Bill Rancic (36) weds E! News anchor Giuliana DePandi (32) at the Church of Santa Sofia in Capri, Italy
  • Oct 6 "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (51) weds American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler on a beach in Bermuda
  • Dec 15 "Marchesa" designer Georgina Chapman (31) weds Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein (55) in Connecticut, USA

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 355

  • Jan 1 Tillie Olsen, American writer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 1 Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs (b. 1922)
  • Jan 1 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (b. 1943)
  • Jan 1 Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer (b. 1951)
  • Jan 2 Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born mayor of Jerusalem (b. 1911)
  • Jan 2 David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist (b. 1919)
  • Jan 2 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
  • Jan 2 Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister (b. 1929)
  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian (b. 1941)
  • Jan 2 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy (b. 1942)
  • Jan 2 Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
  • Jan 2 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink (b. 1957)
  • Jan 3 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • Jan 3 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • Jan 3 Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • Jan 4 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • Jan 4 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • Jan 4 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • Jan 4 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • Jan 4 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)

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Jan 5 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, die of heart failure at 96

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • Jan 5 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
  • Jan 6 Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 8 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)
  • Jan 8 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 8 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • Jan 10 Bradford Washburn, American explorer (b. 1910)
  • Jan 11 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • Jan 12 Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 15 Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 15 James Hillier, Canadian inventor of electron microscope (b. 1915)
  • Jan 15 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • Jan 15 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • Jan 17 Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jan 19 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • Jan 21 U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • Jan 22 Doug Blasdell, American personal trainer
  • Jan 22 Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
  • Jan 22 Abbé Pierre, French priest (b. 1912)
  • Jan 23 E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)
  • Jan 23 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Jan 23 Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • Jan 24 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • Jan 24 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's Oldest Military Veteran (b. 1891)
  • Jan 26 Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • Jan 28 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 28 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • Jan 29 Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • Jan 31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author (b. 1944)
  • Jan 31 Adelaide Tambo, South African activist and wife of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)
  • Feb 1 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader (b. 1946)
  • Feb 2 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • Feb 3 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • Feb 3 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • Feb 4 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • Feb 4 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 5 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • Feb 5 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Lee Hoffman, American author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American professor and reincarnation expert (b. 1918)
  • Feb 11 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)
  • Feb 13 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 13 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 13 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • Feb 14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • Feb 17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 17 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (b. 1910)
  • Feb 19 Celia Franca, founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1921)
  • Feb 20 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 22 Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
  • Feb 22 George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran (b. 1918)
  • Feb 25 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • Feb 27 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)
  • Feb 28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b.1917)
  • Mar 2 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • Mar 2 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • Mar 2 Henri Troyat, French writer, dean of the Académie française (b. 1911)
  • Mar 3 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian catoonist, creater of La Linea.
  • Mar 4 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Bob Hattoy, American activist (b. 1950)
  • Mar 4 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian politician
  • Mar 6 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 6 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • Mar 9 Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, North Carolina politician (b. unknown)
  • Mar 14 Lucie Aubrac, French history teacher and member of the French Resistance (b. 1912)
  • Mar 15 Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)
  • Mar 15 Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • Mar 17 John Backus, American computer scientist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 17 Jim Cronin, Animal welfare campaigner and founder of Monkey World in Dorset, England. (b. 1951)
  • Mar 20 Gilbert E. Patterson, presiding bishop of COGIC (b. 1939)
  • Mar 20 Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
  • Mar 20 Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
  • Mar 21 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • Mar 21 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)