On This Day

What Happened in March 2001

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Carolina center Ron Francis scores a goal on his 38th birthday in Hurricanes' 3-1 win over NY Islanders to become only the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50+ points for 20 straight seasons
  • Mar 4 IRA detonates a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • Mar 4 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people
  • Mar 4 Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
  • Mar 5 In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Mar 6 US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham establishes the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to be used in emergency circumstances
  • Mar 10 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
  • Mar 11 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
  • Mar 11 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55
  • Mar 15 The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions
  • Mar 17 OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1
  • Mar 19 The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.

Hall of Fame

Mar 19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Aerosmith; Solomon Burke; The Flamingos; Michael Jackson; Queen; Paul Simon; Steely Dan; Ritchie Valens; James Burton; Johnnie Johnson; and Chris Blackwell

  • Mar 20 Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15
  • Mar 23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji
  • Mar 24 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Battlefield Earth" wins

Golf Major

Mar 25 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam shoots a final round 69 to win the first of her 3 titles at this event, 3 strokes ahead of 5 runners-up

  • Mar 26 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets

PGA Players Championship

Mar 26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins the first of his 2 PC's, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Vijay Singh of Fiji

World Record

Mar 30 At 15 years, 9 months American swimmer Michael Phelps breaks 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas; becomes youngest male to set a world mark

Sports History

Mar 31 German brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher become first siblings to share front row of the grid in a Formula 1 World Championship event; qualify 1st and 2nd respectively for Brazilian GP in São Paulo


Famous Weddings

Peyton Manning

Mar 17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Henry Wade, American lawyer (Dallas County District Attorney 1951-87), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 3 Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Glenn Hughes, American disco singer (The Village People (Biker)), dies of cancer at 50
  • Mar 4 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Jim Rhodes, American politician, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, dies at 93
  • Mar 6 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • Mar 7 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 8 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 10 Massimo Morsello, Italian fascist political singer and songwriter, dies at 42
  • Mar 10 Michael Woodruff, English surgeon and scientist (organ transplantation), dies at 89
  • Mar 12 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73
  • Mar 12 Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, dies at 64
  • Mar 13 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • Mar 13 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • Mar 13 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), dies at 66
  • Mar 15 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 16 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Mar 17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • Mar 18 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Charles K. Johnson, American President of the Flat Earth Society, dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • Mar 21 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • Mar 21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), dies from lung cancer at 80

William Hanna

Mar 22 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

  • Mar 22 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 75
  • Mar 23 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), dies at 79
  • Mar 23 Irving "Sully" Boyar, American actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Car Wash), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Mar 23 David McTaggart, Canadian co-founder of Greenpeace, dies in a car accident at 68
  • Mar 24 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 25 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde. dies at 77
  • Mar 27 Anthony Dexter [Walter Fleischmann], Canadian actor (The Phantom Planet, Captain John Smith and Pocahontas), dies at 88
  • Mar 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian jazz saxophonist and flautist (Cool and Hot Sax), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer and pedagogue, (The Serdar) dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Jim Benton, American football end (All Pro 1945, 46; NFL 1940s All-Decade Team; Cleveland/LA Rams, Chicago Bears; first to rush 300+ yards 1945), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • Mar 29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • Mar 31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)