On This Day

What Happened in March 2016

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of domestic violence; issues a 30-game suspension to NY Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman

Historic Event

Mar 1 Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No. 1 with $75 billion, number of world's billionaires shrinks to 1,810

  • Mar 1 Two Guatemalan military officers are convicted of sexual slavery during country's civil war - first ever prosecution of sexual slavery during an armed conflict
  • Mar 1 Gene for grey hair (IRF4) discovery announced by Scientists from University College London in "Nature Communications"

Election of Interest

Mar 1 US primary elections: Super Tuesday - both Republican Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton win seven state races each

  • Mar 1 South Korean opposition MPs set a world record for longest filibuster - 9 days (192 hours) trying to block anti-terror bill
  • Mar 2 Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes
  • Mar 2 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists

Historic Event

Mar 2 US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record

  • Mar 3 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 4 Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 5 US air strike kills 150 Al-Shabaab militants north of Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 6 Seventh Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN and held in Flint, Michigan

Sports History

Mar 7 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

Sports History

Mar 7 Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova reveals failed drug test for meldonium at Australian Open in January, subsequently suspended for 15 months

Film & TV History

Mar 8 Turner Classic Movies show several of Claire Trevor’s films to honor the 106th anniversary of her birth

  • Mar 9 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe
  • Mar 10 Twelfth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Mar 13 Suicide Bombing in Ankara, Turkey kills 37 people

Historic Event

Mar 14 President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria

  • Mar 14 Marco Rubio announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 14 NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally - 1.35C above the long-term average
  • Mar 15 Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence wins Go challenge against Lee Se-dol 4-1

Historic Event

Mar 16 US President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice

  • Mar 16 US college student Otto Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a political poster, in Pyongyang, North Korea

Historic Event

Mar 17 Brazilian federal judge blocks swearing-in of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as Chief of Staff to President Dilma Rousseff, as part of "Car Wash" controversy

  • Mar 17 Archaeologists announce the discovery of an 2,500 year old iron age warrior king burial ground, with 75 graves in Pocklington, Northern England

Film & TV History

Mar 19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

  • Mar 19 England beats France 31-21 at Stade de France, Paris to claim Six Nations Rugby Championship; secure their first Grand Slam since 2003; Owen Farrell with 7 goals, England's 2nd-highest points scorer behind Jonny Wilkinson

Obama Family Visit Cuba

Mar 20 Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 3 day tour

  • Mar 22 Suicide bombings at Brussel's Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, leave around 28 victims dead and 260 injured, ISIS claim responsibility

Historic Event

Mar 23 GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen

  • Mar 24 Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić found guilty of genocide during 1995 Srebrenica massacre, sentenced to 40 years
  • Mar 24 English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl
  • Mar 25 Suicide attack during a football match in Iskandariya, Iraq kills at least 32 people, ISIS claim responsibility

Album Release

Mar 25 Zayn's [Zayn Malik] solo debut album "Mind of Mine" is released, 1st British male artist to debut at No. 1 in US

  • Mar 26 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska
  • Mar 27 Suicide bomb kills more than 70 people at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Taliban connected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claim responsibility

Famous Weddings

Rupert Murdoch

Mar 4 Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (84) and model Jerry Hall (59) marry in a private civil ceremony at Spencer House in London

Famous Divorces

Rosie O'Donnell

Mar 30 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell and marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell divorce after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], English actor & screenwriter (Coronation Street), dies at 79
  • Mar 1 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • Mar 1 Martha Wright [Wiederrecht;], American stage, concert and radio singer and actress (South Pacific; The Sound Of Music)), dies at 92

Martin Crowe

Mar 3 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

  • Mar 4 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74

Nancy Reagan

Mar 6 Nancy Reagan [Anne Frances Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), dies at 94

  • Mar 7 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 80

John Gutfreund

Mar 9 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

  • Mar 9 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • Mar 9 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Juvenal "Naná' Vasconcelos, Brazilian jazz and world music percussionist, and berimbau player (Pat Metheny, Björk, Milton Nascimento), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • Mar 10 Keith Emerson, English rock keyboardist (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), commits suicide at 71
  • Mar 10 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), dies at 95
  • Mar 10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87
  • Mar 10 Gogi Grant [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer ("The Wayward Wind"), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 11 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 79
  • Mar 12 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • Mar 13 Adrienne Corri, British actress (River, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Martin Olav Sabo, American politician (Rep-D-MN, 1979-2007), dies at 78
  • Mar 14 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), dies at 81
  • Mar 16 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleaderr, dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), dies at 77
  • Mar 18 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79
  • Mar 20 Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3, 75-82), dies at 93
  • Mar 20 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, dies at 78

Andrew Grove

Mar 21 Andrew Grove [András Gróf], Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry, one of the founders and CEO of Intel, and philanthropist,, dies at 79

  • Mar 21 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), dies at 80
  • Mar 21 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • Mar 22 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46
  • Mar 22 Rita Gam, American actress (Night People, Hannibal), dies at 88
  • Mar 23 Ken Howard, American actor (The White Shadow), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Joe Garagiola, American MLB catcher (4 teams, 1946-54), sportscaster, and TV host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • Mar 23 Peter Moores, British businessman and director (Littlewoods), dies at 83
  • Mar 23 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), dies at 65

Johan Cruyff

Mar 24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68

  • Mar 24 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • Mar 24 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66
  • Mar 24 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 David Baker, American jazz trombonist and cellist, jazz and classical composer (Reflections), and educator (Indiana University), dies at 84
  • Mar 27 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, dies at 92
  • Mar 28 James Noble, American actor (Benson, 1776, Airplane II: The Sequel), dies of a stroke at 94
  • Mar 28 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • Mar 29 [Anna Marie] "Patty Duke", American Academy and Emmy awarding actress (The Miracle Worker; The Patty Duke Show), and mental health advocate, dies at 69
  • Mar 29 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host, dies at 59
  • Mar 30 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57
  • Mar 30 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), dies at 66
  • Mar 30 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, dies at 95
  • Mar 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85

Imre Kertész

Mar 31 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86

  • Mar 31 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, dies at 89
  • Mar 31 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), dies of pneumonia at 96