On This Day

What Happened on March 17, 2012

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur
  • MESSENGER spacecraft begins its extended mission
  • Wales beats France, 16-9 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to wrap up the Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicks 3 penalties and a conversion

Famous Deaths

  • Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull energy drink, dies from natural causes at 88
  • John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
  • Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88