March 2016 in History

Events in History

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Mar 1 Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No. 1 with $75 billion, number of world's billionaires shrinks to 1,810

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Mar 1 Two Guatemalan military officers are convicted of sexual slavery during country's civil war - first ever prosecution of sexual slavery during an armed conflict
  • Mar 1 Gene for grey hair (IRF4) discovery announced by Scientists from University College London in "Nature Communications"
  • Mar 1 South Korean opposition MPs set a world record for longest filibuster - 9 days (192 hours) trying to block anti-terror bill
  • Mar 2 Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes
  • Mar 2 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists

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Mar 2 US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly
  • Mar 3 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 4 Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 5 US air strike kills 150 Al-Shabaab militants north of Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 9 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe
  • Mar 13 Suicide Bombing in Ankara, Turkey kills 37 people

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Mar 14 President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 14 Marco Rubio announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 14 NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally - 1.35C above the long-term average
  • Mar 15 Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence wins Go challenge against Lee Se-dol 4-1

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Mar 16 US President Barak Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Mar 16 US college student Otto Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a political poster, in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Mar 17 Brazilian federal judge blocks swearing-in of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as Chief of Staff to President Dilma Rousseff, as part of "Car Wash" controversy
  • Mar 17 Archaeologists announce discovery of iron age warrior king buriel ground with 75 graves 2,500 years old in Pocklington, Northern England
  • Mar 20 Barak Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour
  • Mar 22 Suicide bombings at Brussel's Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, leave around 28 victims dead and 260 injured, ISIS claim responsibility

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Mar 23 GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen

  • Mar 24 Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić found guilty of genocide during 1995 Srebrenica massacre, sentenced to 40 years
  • Mar 25 Suicide attack during a football match in Iskandariya, Iraq kills at least 32 people, ISIS claim responsibility

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Mar 26 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Mar 27 Suicide bomb kills more than 70 people at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Taliban connected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claim responsibility

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • Mar 4 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74

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Mar 6 Nancy Reagan [Anne Francis Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), dies at 94

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Mar 7 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Show), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87
  • Mar 12 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • Mar 17 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), dies at 77
  • Mar 20 Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3, 75-82), dies at 93
  • Mar 21 Andrew Grove, Hungarian-born American computer chip manufacturer (Intel Corporation), dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46
  • Mar 24 Earl Hamner Jr, American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • Mar 28 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • Mar 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86
  • Mar 31 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, dies at 89