What Happened in March 2011

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Tomb of a 700 year old female mummy, discovered by road workers, opened in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Mar 2 One of cricket’s great upsets; Kevin O’Brien smokes fastest century in World Cup history off 50 balls (ends 113 off 63) to help Ireland beat England by 3 wickets in Bangalore
  • Mar 4 42nd NAACP Image Awards: "For Colored Girls" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 5 David Silva scores 38' winner as Manchester City scores 1-0 win over Wigan at City of Manchester Stadium to start EPL record 20 home game winning streak; streak ends 31/3/12
  • Mar 7 "Crazy Girl" single released by Eli Young Band (ACM Awards Song of the Year 2012, Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Film & TV History

Mar 7 Charlie Sheen is fired from the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"

Music History

Mar 9 Bonham's Auctions in New York City conducts sale of Eric Clapton and friends' guitars and amplifiers to benefit Crossroads Centre at Antigua, a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation facility he co-founded in 1997, raising over $1.75M

  • Mar 9 Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights
  • Mar 11 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant
  • Mar 12 32nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Connecticut beats #3 Louisville, 69-66
  • Mar 12 A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.
  • Mar 13 52nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 70-54
  • Mar 13 58th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 75-58

Hall of Fame

Mar 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Alice Cooper Band; Neil Diamond; Dr. John; Darlene Love; Tom Waits; Leon Russell; Jac Holzman; and Art Rupe

Music History

Mar 16 U.S. Postal Service issues a set of five "Latin Music Legends" stamps, including one of Carlos Gardel

  • Mar 18 MESSENGER spacecraft enters Mercury's orbit
  • Mar 19 Despite a final round 24-8 defeat to Ireland at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, England wins the Six Nations Rugby Championship courtesy of their opening 4 straight victories

Sports History

Mar 22 Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation

  • Mar 30 Global credit information group Experian report that economic recovery in Wales slower than the rest of the UK, forecasting growth of 1.6% vs 2.2% for the rest of the UK

Famous Weddings

Reese Witherspoon

Mar 26 Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon (36) weds talent agent Jim Toth (34) at Libbey Ranch in Ojai, California

Michael Bublé

Mar 31 Canadian-Italian singer Michael Bublé (35) officially weds Argentine actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in civil ceremony at Buenos Aires, Argentina Office of the Registry


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Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 John M. Lounge, American engineer & astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), dies at 64
  • Mar 2 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 3 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer (Collage), and teacher (University of Bologna, 1971-92), dies at 85
  • Mar 3 Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedienne (Siedem Kotów, Kabaret Starszych Panów), dies at 98
  • Mar 3 May Cutler, Canadian politician and publisher (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • Mar 4 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • Mar 4 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist who won the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Carlo Rubbia, dies at 85
  • Mar 4 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • Mar 8 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 9 David S. Broder, American journalist (Pulitzer 1973), dies at 81
  • Mar 9 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Howard A. Roberts, American choral director (Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 86
  • Mar 11 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Mar 12 Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Blue Rondo à la Turk"), dies at 82
  • Mar 12 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • Mar 14 Ronnie Hammond, American rock singer (Atlanta Rhythm Section, 1972–83 & 1988–2001 - "So In To You"), dies of heart failure at 60
  • Mar 15 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from a heart attack at 93
  • Mar 15 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • Mar 15 Smiley Culture [David Victor Emmanuel], British reggae singer ("Police Officer"; "Cockney Translation"), dies from a self-inflicted stab wound at 48
  • Mar 16 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan, dies at 80
  • Mar 17 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone), dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94
  • Mar 18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 18 Warren M Christopher, 63rd United States Secretary of State (1993-97), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter, dies at 90
  • Mar 20 Johnny Pearson, British pianist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer (Cilla Black; Top of the Pops; Dusty Springfield), dies at 85
  • Mar 21 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 21 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 21 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), dies at 58
  • Mar 21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)

Elizabeth Taylor

Mar 23 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) dies at 79

  • Mar 23 Fred Titmus, English cricket all-rounder (53 Tests, 153 wickets, 10 x 50s; Middlesex), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Diana Wynne Jones, British sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet; Witch Week), dies of lung cancer at 76

Geraldine Ferraro

Mar 26 Geraldine Ferraro, American politician (US Representative from New York (D), 1979-85), and the 1st female vice-presidential nominee (1984), dies of nulitiple myelomaat 75

  • Mar 26 Paul Baran, internet pioneer who helped create the technical underpinnings of Arpanet, dies at 84
  • Mar 26 Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)
  • Mar 27 Farley Granger, American actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), dies at 85
  • Mar 28 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), dies at 85
  • Mar 28 Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (b. 1917)
  • Mar 29 Ângelo de Sousa, Portuguese painter and sculptor (b. 1938)
  • Mar 31 Mel McDaniel, American country singer ("Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On") dies of lung cancer at 68