What Happened in March 1999

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 "Fortunate" single by Maxwell is released (Billboard Music Award Best R&B Single of the Year)
  • Mar 5 Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut
  • Mar 6 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63
  • Mar 7 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • Mar 7 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63
  • Mar 8 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Mar 11 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Mar 12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • Mar 20 Legoland, California, the first Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California
  • Mar 20 19th Golden Raspberry Awards: An Alan Smithee Film "Burn Hollywood Burn" wins
  • Mar 21 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 21 71st Academy Awards: "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actor Roberto Benigni
Actor
Roberto Benigni
Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • Mar 22 "Amazed" single released by Lonestar (Billboard Song of the Year 1999)
  • Mar 23 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin
  • Mar 24 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 24 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 24 "The Matrix" film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeve, Lawrence Fishburne and Carrie-Ann Moss premieres

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 25 13th Soul Train Music Awards: Luther Vandross, R. Kelly & Lauryn Hill win

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Mar 26 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • Mar 26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • Mar 28 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke 62-45
  • Mar 29 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke 77-74
  • Mar 29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 31 "10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 13 Wiktoria Gąsiewska, Polish actress, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Mar 19 Tatum McCann, American actress
  • Mar 23 Prince Beltran of Bulgaria

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 20 "Smallville" actress Annette O' Toole (46) weds "Laverne and Shirley" actor Michael McKean (51) at The Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 2 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • Mar 3 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Mar 3 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 72
  • Mar 4 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Del Close, American actor (b. 1934)
  • Mar 4 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 5 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet, Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), dies at 76
  • Mar 6 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 6 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), dies at 65
  • Mar 7 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official, dies at 80

Person of interestStanley Kubrick

Mar 7 Stanley Kubrick, American film director (2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) dies at 70

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Mar 8 Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass, American actress, comedian, game show panelist and announcer (To Tell The Truth), dies at 74

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

Mar 8 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB record 56-game hitting streak), dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Mar 8 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • Mar 8 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 9 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 10 Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • Mar 11 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 11 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • Mar 11 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Yehudi Menuhin, American-born British violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Mar 13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • Mar 14 Kirk Alyn [John Feggo Jr], American actor (Superman), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Mar 16 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • Mar 17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • Mar 17 Rod Hull, British comedian (Emu), dies after falling off a roof at 63
  • Mar 18 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • Mar 19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • Mar 22 David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
  • Mar 23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • Mar 24 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 24 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • Mar 25 Cal Ripken Sr, American MLB manager (Baltimore Orioles), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Mar 28 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • Mar 29 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), dies of natural causes at 80
  • Mar 30 Gary Morton, American film and television producer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 30 Terry Wilson, American actor (Wagon Train, Escape to Witch Mountain), dies at 75
  • Mar 31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)