On This Day

What Happened in March 2007

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
  • Mar 1 "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots
  • Mar 2 38th NAACP Image Awards: "The Pursuit of Happyness" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 Estonian parliamentary election: approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, world's 1st nationwide vote where part of the vote casting allowed by remote electronic voting
  • Mar 6 Former White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is found guilty on four of five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
  • Mar 7 British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected
  • Mar 9 The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 10 21st Soul Train Music Awards: Jermaine Dupri, Jennifer Hudson win

  • Mar 10 28th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Pittsburgh, 65-42
  • Mar 11 54th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #8 North Carolina beats NC State, 89-80
  • Mar 11 48th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Arkansas, 77-56

Hall of Fame

Mar 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; R.E.M.; The Ronettes; Patti Smith; and Van Halen

  • Mar 18 Former England Test cricket batsman, and Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer is found dead one day after his team's defeat to Ireland puts them out of the World Cup in the West Indies; cause of death remains suspicious
  • Mar 23 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 23 Iranian Navy seize Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters

Film & TV History

Mar 23 After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films

  • Mar 24 The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
  • Mar 28 Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler Lasith Malinga produces unprecedented sequence of 4 wickets in 4 balls, as South Africa scrambles to a 1-wicket Super 8's ICC World Cup win in Guyana

Music Single

Mar 29 Rihanna releases her hit single "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z, goes to No. 1 on US Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks

  • Mar 31 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 19 Prince Abdullah bin Ali, Prince of Jordan

Famous Weddings

Elizabeth Hurley

Mar 3 Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley (41) weds Indian textile heir Arun Nayar (42) at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, England

  • Mar 3 Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra Christina (42) weds Martin Jorgensen at Oster Egende Church in Fakse City, Denmark
  • Mar 7 Former vocalist of "Babado Novo" Claudia Leitte (26) weds Marcio Pedreira at Hotel Convento do Carmo in Salvador, Brazil
  • Mar 9 Actor-director Prem (28) weds actress Rakshita (23) at Raja Rajeshwarinagar in Bangalore
  • Mar 9 Model and actress Erika Heynatz (30) weds finance broker Andrew Kingston at Whale Beach retreat
  • Mar 10 Brazilian singer-actress Tania Mara (24) weds director Jayme Monjardim (50) at Chapel of Sao Jose das Botas on the grounds of Hotel Fazenda Florenca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 10 Notable singer and stage performer Matt Hetherington (36) weds Australian television presenter Melissa Kotsos at the Morning Star Estate on Mt. Eliza
  • Mar 30 "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Mar 31 Brazilian television presenter Ana Maria Braga weds businessman Marcelo Frisoni in Morumbi, Sao Paulo

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Eddy Firestone, American radio, television, and film actor (Mixed Doubles), dies of respiratory and heart failure at 86
  • Mar 1 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67 [1]
  • Mar 2 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • Mar 2 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), dies after exploratory brain surgery at 80
  • Mar 2 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • Mar 2 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian cartoonist and creator of "La Linea" animated cartoons, dies at 87
  • Mar 4 Natalie Bodanya [Bodanskaya], American soprano, dies at 98
  • Mar 4 Bob Hattoy, American gay rights, AIDS, and environmental activist, dies from AIDS-related causes at 56
  • Mar 4 Richard Joseph, British computer and video game soundtrack composer, dies of lung cancer at 53
  • Mar 4 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian, assassinated by Communist rebels at 41
  • Mar 4 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish rock and blues composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist, dies at 63
  • Mar 4 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (Daily Mail), and broadcaster, dies of cancer at 75
  • Mar 4 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian Commmunist Party politician
  • Mar 4 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (38th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri), dies at 77
  • Mar 6 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 6 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • Mar 7 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 8 John Inman, English actor (Mr. Humphries-Are You Being Served?), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • Mar 8 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 9 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), commits suicide at 55
  • Mar 9 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1944, 46: NHL All Star 1949, 50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • Mar 9 Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, North Carolina politician (b. unknown)
  • Mar 10 Richard Jeni, American comedian (b. 1957)
  • Mar 10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 10 Buddy Allin, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 11 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • Mar 13 Arnold Skaaland, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • Mar 14 Lucie Aubrac, French history teacher and member of the French Resistance (b. 1912)
  • Mar 14 Gareth Hunt, English actor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 15 Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)

Bowie Kuhn

Mar 15 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), dies of pneumonia at 80

  • Mar 15 Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricketer, dies at 22
  • Mar 17 John Backus, American computer scientist and inventor (FORTRAN computer language), dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Jim Cronin, Animal welfare campaigner and founder of Monkey World in Dorset, England. (b. 1951)
  • Mar 17 Roger Bennett, American Southern Gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • Mar 18 Bob Woolmer, England cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), dies of diabetes at 58
  • Mar 18 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Calvert DeForest, American comedian (Larry "Bud" Melman), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Luther Ingram, American soul singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • Mar 20 Gilbert E. Patterson, presiding bishop of COGIC (b. 1939)
  • Mar 20 Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
  • Mar 20 Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
  • Mar 20 Raynald Fréchette, Quebec politician and judge, dies at 73
  • Mar 21 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • Mar 21 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)
  • Mar 21 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
  • Mar 22 Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (b. 1918)
  • Mar 23 Paul J. Cohen, American mathematician, Fields Medal winner (b. 1934)
  • Mar 23 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, dies at 33
  • Mar 23 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (Cohen forcing, Continuum hypothesis), dies at 72
  • Mar 24 Maurice Flitcroft, British golfer known as "the world's worst golfer," dies at 77
  • Mar 25 Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (2000-07), dies at 57
  • Mar 27 Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1929)
  • Mar 29 Calvin Lockhart [Bert Cooper], Bahamian-American stage and actor (Cotton Goes to Harlem), dies from stroke complications at 72
  • Mar 31 Paul Watzlawick, Communications & Constructivism Theorist (b. 1921)