On This Day

What Happened in March 2000

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
  • Mar 1 Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • Mar 2 America's Cup, Auckland: Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Prada Challenge by 0.48s for a 5-0 series sweep; NZ only the 2nd country in 150 years to successfully defend the Cup
  • Mar 2 St. Louis Blues become just the 2nd team in NHL history to win 10 straight games on the road, with a 5-2 victory in Atlanta; tie mark set by Buffalo 1983-84

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 4 14th Soul Train Music Awards: Prince, Whitney Houston, DMX & Mary J. Blige win

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Long-time Boston Bruin defenseman Ray Bourque is traded to the Colorado Avalanche

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • Mar 10 The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signalling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom
  • Mar 10 16th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Mar 11 21st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Connecticut, 80-70
  • Mar 12 47th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #20 Maryland, 81-68
  • Mar 12 41st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Arkansas beats Auburn, 75-67
  • Mar 17 The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult
  • Mar 18 England clinch inaugural Six Nations Rugby Championship with 59-12 thrashing of Italy at Stadio Flaminio, Rome; England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson kicks 7 goals and winger Austin Healey scores 3 tries
  • Mar 20 Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after a gun battle that leaves a Georgia sheriff's deputy dead

BeatificationPapal Visit

Mar 20 Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land - Jordan, Israel, Palestine

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Mar 21 NSYNC release their 4th studio album “No Strings Attached” (2000 Billboard Album of the Year)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 23 Joe Sakic records his 400th career goal and becomes the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche all-time leading point scorer

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Mar 25 20th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Wild Wild West" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 26 72nd Academy Awards: "American Beauty", Kevin Spacey & Hilary Swank win

  • Mar 26 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Karrie Webb of Australia wins the first of her 2 titles in this event, 10 strokes ahead of defending champion Dottie Pepper
  • Mar 27 Phillips explosion kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 27 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 1983 champion Hal Sutton leads wire-to-wire to win by a stroke ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Mar 28 A Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train (3 children die in this accident).

KnightedKnighthood

Mar 30 Richard Branson is knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales for "services to entrepreneurship" at Buckingham Palace, London

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 4 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (21) weds cinematographer Robert Brinkmann (38)
  • Mar 10 Country singer Vince Gill (42) weds christian pop singer Amy Grant (39) in Nashville, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Dennis Danell, American guitarist (Social Distortion) (b. 1961)
  • Mar 2 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), dies at 36
  • Mar 3 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and alpinist (b. 1904)
  • Mar 5 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, dies from an overdose of prescription drugs at 37
  • Mar 6 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Mar 6 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Pee Wee King, American country music songwriter and musician (b. 1914)
  • Mar 7 Edward H. Levi, American law professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning), dies at 88
  • Mar 9 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • Mar 10 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), dies at 62
  • Mar 12 Mack Robinson, American 200m dash (Olympic silver 1932), dies at 85
  • Mar 15 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • Mar 20 Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 20 Vivian Fine, American composer (Women in the Garden), dies after a car accident at 86
  • Mar 24 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), dies aged 74
  • Mar 25 Helen Martin, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 26 Alex Comfort, American author (b. 1920)
  • Mar 27 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • Mar 30 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84