March 2013 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 The 2013 US budget sequestration comes into effect
  • Mar 1 14 people are killed in the Lahad Datu standoff between Malaysian government and rebel forces
  • Mar 3 45 people are killed by a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mar 3 A 2 year old US girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured
  • Mar 4 40 Syrian soldiers are killed in an ambush in Western Iraq
  • Mar 4 11 children are killed after a bus collides a truck in the Jalandhar district, India

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Mar 4 The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Mar 5 The Dow Jones surpasses its 2007 pre-financial crisis levels for the first time

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Mar 5 Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro assumes the presidency after the death of Hugo Chávez

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Mar 5 Willcom announces the world’s smallest mobile phone, weighing 32 grams
  • Mar 6 Syrian rebels capture Ar-Raqqah, their first major city
  • Mar 6 Microsoft is fined €561 by the Euro Commission for not providing alternative web browsers
  • Mar 6 9 people die after a plane crashes after being ensnared in power lines in Peru
  • Mar 7 Hilary Mantel is awarded the 2013 David Cohen Prize for literature
  • Mar 7 UN Security Council approves further North Korean sanctions for its nuclear testing
  • Mar 8 North Korea terminates all peace pacts with South Korea
  • Mar 9 19 people are killed in two suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Mar 9 Asteroid 2013 ET comes within 960,000 km from the Earth’s surface

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 10 Aung San Suu Kyi is re-elected leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Mar 11 European Union bans the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals
  • Mar 11 North Korea cuts the phone line with South Korea, breaching the 1953 armistice
  • Mar 11 Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
  • Mar 12 JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from seabed deposits
  • Mar 12 The 2013 Papal conclave begins with no new Pope elected on the first day
  • Mar 13 10 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Kunduz province, Afghanistan
  • Mar 13 The European Parliament rejects a European Union budget for the first time
  • Mar 13 An Embraer 821 aeroplane crashes and kills 9 people in Para, Brazil
  • Mar 13 North Korea shreds the Korean Armistice agreement
  • Mar 13 Aleqa Hammond’s Siumut party wins the Greenland parliamentary elections

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 13 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis

Pope Francis
  • Mar 14 25 people are killed and 50 are wounded by a series of car bombings in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Mar 14 7 people are killed after gunmen storm a bar in Cancun, Mexico

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Mar 14 Xi Jinping is named as the new President of the People's Republic of China

President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping
President of the People's Republic of China
Xi Jinping
  • Mar 15 24 people die after a double decker bus veers of a pass in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Mar 15 16 people are killed by a fireworks accident in Tlaxcala, Mexico
  • Mar 16 A €10 billion Cyprus bailout plan will wipe out 10% of the citizens bank deposits
  • Mar 16 24 Pakistani Army soldiers are killed after their bus falls down a ravine in Rawalpindi
  • Mar 17 10 people are killed by a car bombing in Basra, Iraq
  • Mar 17 Toyo Ito wins the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • Mar 17 Pope Francis delivers his first Angelus prayer and blessing
  • Mar 18 Explosions kill 25 people at a bus park in Kano, Nigeria
  • Mar 18 A car bombing kills 10 people and injures 20 in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 18 98 people are killed and 248 are injured across Iraq from a series of bombings and shootings
  • Mar 19 27 people are killed and 14 are injured in a bus crash in Maharashtra, India
  • Mar 19 16 people are killed by mudslides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 19 NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers further evidence of water-bearing minerals
  • Mar 20 Pierre Deligne wins the 2013 Abel Prize in mathematics
  • Mar 21 12 people are killed and 30 are injured by a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Mar 21 42 people are killed and 84 are injured by a bombing in a mosque in Damascus, Syria
  • Mar 21 At least 45 people drown and 60 are missing after a Nigerian boat sinks off the shore of Gabon
  • Mar 21 24 people are killed and 100 are injured by a tornado and hail storm in southern China
  • Mar 21 A barter dispute loses control and results in 10 people being killed, 20 injured, and 4 mosques being burnt to the ground in Myanmar
  • Mar 21 The European Space Agency reveals new data that indicates that the universe is 13.82 billion years old
  • Mar 21 Martin Gould defeats Ali Carter to win the snooker 2013 Championship League
  • Mar 22 37 people are killed and 200 are injured in a refugee camp fire in Ban Mae, Thailand
  • Mar 23 20 people are killed and 200 are injured by a tornado in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
  • Mar 23 The US Senate approves its first budget in four years by a margin of 50–49
  • Mar 24 17 soldiers are killed by a suicide bomber at a military checkpoint in North Waziristan, Pakistan
  • Mar 24 25 people are killed by gunmen in a coordinated attack in Adamawa State, Nigeria
  • Mar 24 A series of emergency meetings in Brussels undertaken to resolve Cyprus’ financial situation
  • Mar 24 Scotland defeats Sweden to win the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship
  • Mar 27 12 people are killed in the Philippines after a mini-tornado causes a boat to capsize
  • Mar 28 143 rebels and 20 government troop are killed in conflict in Pibor County, Sudan
  • Mar 28 15 students are killed and 7 are injured after a mortar strikes Damascus University
  • Mar 28 Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to wash the feet of women in the Maundy Thursday service
  • Mar 28 Banks in Cyprus re-open after having been closed for two weeks; the government agrees a 10 billion euro bailout deal with the EU and IMF
  • Mar 29 10 people are killed and 31 are injured by a blast outside the US consulate in Pakistan
  • Mar 29 23 people are killed by coordinated bombings on Shiite mosques in Iraq
  • Mar 29 36 people are killed after a 16-floor building collapses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Mar 29 UN regulation of international arms trade is blocked by North Korea, Iran, and Syria
  • Mar 29 Soyuz TMA-08M sets a new record of 6 hours in orbit before docking with the International Space Station
  • Mar 29 American horse, Animal Kingdom, wins the 2013 Dubai World Cup
  • Mar 30 North Korea declares it is at a state of war with South Korea
  • Mar 30 Uhuru Kenyatta is declared the rightful winner of the Kenyan presidential election by the Supreme Court
  • Mar 31 14 Boko Haram suspects are killed in a Nigerian Army raid
  • Mar 31 11 people are killed in flooding at Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Mar 31 2 people die from bird flu (type H7N9) in China

Weddings in History

  • Mar 30 ER actor Mekhi Phifer (38) weds long time girlfriend Reshelet Barnes at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 5 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, dies from respiratory failure at 58

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Mar 6 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer, dies at 54
  • Mar 14 Mirja Hietamies, Finnish skier, dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Booth Gardner, American politician, dies from Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Mar 18 Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani general and fighter ace, dies at 77
  • Mar 20 James Herbert, British horror writer, dies at 69

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Mar 21 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist, dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • Mar 23 David Bond, British sailor, dies at 90
  • Mar 25 Anthony Lewis, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize 195,1963) & author, dies from kidney and heart failure at 85
  • Mar 26 Yury Rudov, Soviet fencer, dies at 82