On This Day

What Happened in March 2006

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time
  • Mar 1 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station

Film Premiere

Mar 1 Animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown" directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Belgium

  • Mar 3 37th NAACP Image Awards: "Crash" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response received.
  • Mar 4 26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins

Film & TV History

Mar 5 Nature documentary "Planet Earth" narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC

  • Mar 6 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
  • Mar 9 Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn
  • Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • Mar 10 Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people.

Historic Event

Mar 11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile

  • Mar 11 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61
  • Mar 12 53rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76
  • Mar 12 47th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats South Carolina, 49-47

Hall of Fame

Mar 13 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Black Sabbath; Blondie; Miles Davis; Lynyrd Skynyrd; The Sex Pistols; Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss

Film & TV History

Mar 14 Mike Wallace retires from US news program "60 Minutes" after 37 years

  • Mar 15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 16 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Mar 18 France wins Six Nations Rugby Championship on points difference over Ireland, with a 21-16 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Ireland receives consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy

Historic Event

Mar 19 On the weekend of his 84th birthday, Fred Shuttlesworth gives his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church

  • Mar 20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.

Historic Event

Mar 20 Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.

  • Mar 21 Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.

Historic Event

Mar 21 First ever tweet sent out by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey "just setting up my twttr"

  • Mar 22 ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire
  • Mar 22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths
  • Mar 22 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox
  • Mar 23 The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply
  • Mar 24 Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.

Historic Event

Mar 24 Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate

  • Mar 25 Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Mar 25 Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
  • Mar 26 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force
  • Mar 26 Burma's military junta officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, the new capital (Yangon previous capital)
  • Mar 26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Canadian Stephen Ames shoots a final round 67 to complete biggest win of his career by 6 strokes from Retief Goosen of South Africa
  • Mar 27 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • Mar 28 At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • Mar 30 Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space
  • Mar 30 UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 3 "Gata Salvaje" telenovela actress Carolina Tejera (29) weds Costa Rican businessman Don Stockwell at the Hotel Marriott in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Mar 14 OVW Heavyweight wrestling champion Matt Cappotelli (26) weds Lindsay Seeders at Makena Cove Beach in Maui
  • Mar 14 Argentinean actress Andrea Frigerio (44) weds Lucas Boccino in an intimate civil ceremony
  • Mar 14 Comedian and actor Jack Black (36) weds musician and animator Tanya Haden (34) in Big Sur, California
  • Mar 16 Actress Divya Palat weds former MTV India VJ Aditya Hitkari at a temple in Matunga, India

Richard Dreyfuss

Mar 16 Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (58) weds Svetlana Erokhin in Harrisonburg, Virginia

  • Mar 17 Publicist Lizzie Grubman (35) weds Chris Stern in New York
  • Mar 18 Television star Adita Wahi weds director Ameet Sawant in New Delhi
  • Mar 25 Cowboy Crush singer Darla Perlozzi weds musician Timmy Lee Patterson at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Mar 25 Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Jonny Moseley (30) weds Malia Rich in Telluride, Colorado
  • Mar 31 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 31 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Harry Browne, American politician and author, dies at 72
  • Mar 1 Johnny Jackson, American drummer (The Jackson 5), dies at 54
  • Mar 1 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Mar 1 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), dies of tongue and throat cancer at 53
  • Mar 3 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • Mar 3 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)
  • Mar 4 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98
  • Mar 6 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81

Kirby Puckett

Mar 6 Kirby Puckett, American MLB player (Minnesota Twins), dies of a stroke at 45

  • Mar 6 Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve and activist (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter ("Groove Me"), dies of complications of a stroke and diabetes at 61
  • Mar 7 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, dies at 66
  • Mar 7 Gordon Parks, American photographer, dies at 83
  • Mar 7 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Ansen [Nancy Ann] Dibble, Dutch sci-fi author (Summerfair), dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • Mar 9 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), dies at 90
  • Mar 10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)

Slobodan Milošević

Mar 11 Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), dies at 64

  • Mar 11 Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English army officer (NATO Commander) and military historian, dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • Mar 13 Maureen Stapleton, American actress (Lonelyhearts, Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite), dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • Mar 13 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • Mar 13 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), dies from motor neuron disease at 61
  • Mar 13 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 14 Ann Calvello, American roller derby queen, dies at 76
  • Mar 14 Lennart Meri, Estonian politician, writer and director (President of Estonia 1992-2001), dies at 76
  • Mar 15 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • Mar 15 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • Mar 16 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • Mar 17 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Mar 17 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (for Jackie Kennedy), dies at 92
  • Mar 17 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)
  • Mar 17 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor, dies at 50
  • Mar 18 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 18 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 18 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • Mar 22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)
  • Mar 23 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • Mar 23 Desmond Doss, American soldier and 1st conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor who was the subject of the film Hacksaw Ridge. dies at 87
  • Mar 23 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 23 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), dies at 82
  • Mar 24 Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • Mar 25 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Mar 25 Richard Fleischer, American film director (Doctor Dolittle), dies at 89
  • Mar 25 (Alvis) "Buck" Owens, American "Bakersfield Sound" country singer-songwriter ("Under Your Spell Again"), bandleader (The Buckaroos - "Act Naturally"), and TV personality (Hee Haw), dies of an apparent heart attack at 76
  • Mar 26 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 26 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • Mar 26 Nikki Sudden, British singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • Mar 27 Dan Curtis, American television producer and director (b. 1928)
  • Mar 27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
  • Mar 27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • Mar 27 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • Mar 28 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • Mar 28 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 28 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 28 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 29 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • Mar 29 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, dies at 95
  • Mar 30 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • Mar 31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)