On This Day

What Happened in March 2018

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Vladimir Putin in his annual state address claims Russia has an "invincible” intercontinental cruise missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 1 Hope Hicks resigns as White House Communications Director to President Trump
  • Mar 1 Earliest evidence for figural tattoos (bull and sheep) on two naturally mummified bodies from Egypt’s predynastic period (3351-3017BC) published in "Journal of Archaeological Science"
  • Mar 1 Parisian designer Riccardo Tisci is named the new designer of British brand Burberry after the exit of Christopher Bailey

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Mar 1 US President Donald Trump says he will impose 25% steel, 10% aluminium import tariffs, raising fears of a trade war

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 2 Gunmen attack the French embassy and army HQ in suspected terrorist incident in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, killing 8 and injuring 80
  • Mar 3 "The Emoji Movie" named worst film in 2017 in Razzies awards
  • Mar 4 World's worst listeria outbreak suspected of killing 180 tracked to processed meat factory in Polokwane, South Africa

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 4 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture "The Shape of Water", Best Director Guillermo del Toro, Best Actor Gary Oldman, Best Actress France McDormand

Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
Actor and Filmmaker
Gary Oldman
  • Mar 4 Italian general election results in a hung parliament, populist Five Star Movement wins most votes
  • Mar 4 Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury, England
  • Mar 4 Italian General Election has no clear winner, populist party 5-Star led by Luigi Di Maio wins most votes with 32%

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Mar 5 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets South Korean officials for the first time since taking office, hosting a dinner in Pyongyang

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • Mar 5 China announces a military budget of 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion)
  • Mar 6 "Highest overdose death rates ever recorded in the US", 142,000 overdoses in 2016-17 period according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mar 6 Sri Lanka imposes first nationwide state of emergency since civil war after unrest between Sinhalese and Muslim areas in Kandy District

  • Mar 6 World's oldest message in a bottle found in Western Australia, thrown from German ship Paula 132 years ago (12 June 1886)
  • Mar 6 American WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington rediscovered in Australia's Coral Sea, lost during 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea
  • Mar 6 Nashville mayor Megan Barry resigns a month after admitting to an extramarital affair with her bodyguard

BeatificationCanonization

Mar 6 Pope Francis announces that murdered Salvadorean Archbishop Óscar Romero will be made a saint

  • Mar 6 British health officials tells the country it's time "to get on a diet" and urging manufacturers to reduce calories in foods

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Mar 6 Forbes names Amazon founder Jeff Bezos the world's richest person for the first time at $112 billion, Bill Gates no. 2

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Mar 8 US President Donald Trump authorizes tariffs on steel and aluminium, excluding Canada and Mexico
  • Mar 8 Asia-Pacific trade deal signed in Santiago, Chile by 11 countries after US pulled out
  • Mar 8 5 million Spanish women mark International Women's Day by striking over gender inequality and sexual discrimination
  • Mar 10 16 people die after being struck by lightening at a church in Nyaruguru District, Rwanda
  • Mar 10 Two girls aged 8 and 6 become the first female weightlifters to appear on Iranian television after a protest

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Mar 11 China's National People's Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

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Mar 11 Superhero movie "The Black Panther" becomes the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • Mar 11 Greek football Super League suspended after PAOK Salonika's president Ivan Savvidis invades pitch with a gun after goal disallowed

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Mar 12 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was "highly likely" to have poisoned a Russian spy and his daughter on March 4 with nerve agent

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Mar 12 Plane crash of Bangladeshi carrier at Kathmandu airport kills at least 49 after plane approaches runway from wrong end
  • Mar 12 Research shows Chinese cites have decreased pollution by 32 percent on average in just four years
  • Mar 12 Tens of thousands of farmers from Indian state Maharashtra end protests over loan waivers, prices and land rights after promises from state officials and walking 167km to Mumbai
  • Mar 12 Civilian death toll in Eastern Ghouta passes 1,000 in three weeks as Syrian government forces capture the town of Mesraba

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Mar 13 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is fired via a tweet from President Donald Trump

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
US Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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Mar 13 National Geographic magazine admits its past coverage was racist in issue to mark 50 years since death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 14 UK announces it will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Russian-made nerve agent used on former spy in UK

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Mar 14 NASA twin study finds that Scott Kelly is no longer identical to his twin brother after one year in space, 7% of his genes altered

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Astronaut
Scott Kelly
  • Mar 14 World Happiness Report names Finland as world's happiest country and Burundi the unhappiest

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 14 Angela Merkel sworn in for fourth term as German Chancellor, head of a coalition government, 171 days after the general election

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Mar 14 US students across American commemorate Florida high school shooting with mass walkouts across the country
  • Mar 14 Brazilian human rights politician Marielle Franco is murdered in Rio, prompting mass protests
  • Mar 15 More than 12,000 people flee Hamouria in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, after town bombarded
  • Mar 15 Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico resigns amid crisis after the murder of a journalist Jan Kuciak investigating mafia connections
  • Mar 15 Toy chain Toys R Us announces it will close all its stores after filing for bankruptcy
  • Mar 15 Pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, collapses onto 8-lane highway 5 days after it was built, killing 6
  • Mar 16 Indian actor Irrfan Khan reveals he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour
  • Mar 16 Asia's second-richest person, Hong Kong's Li Ka-Shing, announces his retirement at 89
  • Mar 17 Ireland beats England, 24-15 at Twickenham to wrap up Six Nations Rugby Championship; 3rd Grand Slam & 11th Triple Crown
  • Mar 17 China's National People's Congress appoints Wang Qishan as vice-president
  • Mar 17 Africa's only female head of state, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim confirms she is resigning amid an expenses scandal
  • Mar 18 Vladimir Putin is elected to a new six-year term as Russian President with 76% of the vote, his fourth term
  • Mar 18 First fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car hitting a pedestrain in Tempe, Arizona
  • Mar 18 Bushfire in Tathra, New South Wales, Australia, destroys over 70 buildings
  • Mar 18 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize Kurdish held northern Syrian town of Afrin
  • Mar 18 Serial bomber suspected after fourth bomb goes off in Austin, Texas, injuring two, total bombing death toll, 2 dead, 5 injured

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Mar 18 US Senator Amy Klobuchar calls on Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary in wake in data mining scandal with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Mar 18 African American Stephon Clark shot 20 times by police in his Grandmother's backyard in Sacramento, California during vandalism investigation
  • Mar 19 Mississippi signs into law the US's strictest abortion laws, no termination after 15 weeks
  • Mar 19 World's last male northern white rhino, 45 year old Sudan, dies in Kenya

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Mar 20 Actress Cynthia Nixon announces she will run for New York Governor

Actress Cynthia Nixon
Actress
Cynthia Nixon

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Mar 20 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 21 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg admits they "made mistakes" after data on 50 million users is harvested by Cambridge Analytica
  • Mar 21 Nigerian government confirms 101 out of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi returned
  • Mar 21 English TV presenter Ant McPartlin charged with drink driving following an accident in London
  • Mar 21 African trade deal agreed by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda
  • Mar 21 Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offers his resignation amid vote-buying scandal
  • Mar 21 Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi accepts plea deal for 8 months in prison after slapping Israeli officer
  • Mar 21 Suicide bomber kills 31 in crowd celebrating Persian New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Mar 21 Dave Patterson and John Hennessy win computings' Turing Award for RISC computer chips
  • Mar 21 Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt kills himself in chase with police in Austin, Texas
  • Mar 21 China announces greater controls over the media, including merging state-run radio and television broadcasters into a single conglomerate called “Voice of China”
  • Mar 22 US President Donald Trump imposes $60 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports
  • Mar 22 The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between Hawaii and California has 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and increasing rapidly according to new research
  • Mar 22 Musical "Frozen" opens on Broadway based on the film, starring Patti Murin and Caissie Levy
  • Mar 23 A Sahara sandstorm turns snow in Sochi, Russia, orange in one of the largest-ever transfers of desert sand
  • Mar 23 Peru's Congress swears in Vice-President Martín Vizcarra as the new President after Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned amid corruption scandal
  • Mar 24 Tens of thousands attend 'March for Our Lives' rallies held in Washington, D.C. and around the world to protest gun violence
  • Mar 24 American conducts it first ever drone strike against Qaeda militants in southern Libya
  • Mar 24 Hundreds of protesters shut down special meeting at Sacramento City Hall investigating police shooting of Stephon Clark
  • Mar 24 Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is caught on camera rubbing match ball with an object during 3rd Cricket Test in Cape Town, resulting in an infamous ball tampering scandal
  • Mar 25 First scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK, leaves Perth for Heathrow airport in London, arrives after 17 hours
  • Mar 25 Australian cricket captain Steve Smith handed one-match ban after admitting Australian team tampered with the ball in 3rd test against South Africa in South Africa
  • Mar 25 Fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia, kills at least 64
  • Mar 25 North Korean leader Kim Jong un begins surprise trip to Beijing by train to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • Mar 26 US, European Union and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 E-commence group Alibaba Group and US car maker Ford unveil a car vending machine without sales people 5 stories high in Guangzhou, China

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Mar 26 Porn star Stormy Daniels claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes and was later threatened to keep quiet
  • Mar 26 US Federal Trade Commission confirms it will investigate Facebook over privacy concerns
  • Mar 26 "The Black Panther" becomes the highest grossing superhero film in America earning $630.9m
  • Mar 26 US soldier receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 28 North Korea's Kim Jong-un meets Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, his first trip outside of North Korea since coming to power in 2011
  • Mar 28 At least 68 people die and scores are injured in a fire caused by a prison riot in the cells at the Carabobo state police headquarters in Valencia, Venezuela
  • Mar 28 Captain Steve Smith and David Warner are suspended by Cricket Australia for 12 months, and Cameron Bancroft (9 months) for their part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa
  • Mar 30 Palestinians begin a "Great March of Return", 6 weeks of protests on the Gaza Strip demanding Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to Israel. 19 Palestinians killed, 1,416 injured on the first day.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 30 Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves releases her fourth album "Golden Hour" (Grammy Album of the Year 2019)

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 3 Supermodel Chanel Iman (Victoria's Secret Angel), weds New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), dies at 37
  • Mar 1 Orin C Smith, American businessman and CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), dies of pancreatic cancer 75
  • Mar 1 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-American chess player (Grandmaster 1968; World Chess Hall of Fame), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), dies of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63
  • Mar 2 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), dies at 62 from West Nile virus

Person of interestRoger Bannister

Mar 3 Roger Bannister, English middle-distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track, Oxford (1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • Mar 3 David Ogden Stiers, American actor (Winchester-M*A*S*H, Doc), dies of bladder cancer at 75
  • Mar 3 Patrick Doyle, English drummer (Veronica Falls, Boys Forever), dies at 32
  • Mar 4 Javed Abidi, Indian disability rights activist, director (NCPEDP), and founder of the Disability Rights Group, dies of a chest infection at 53
  • Mar 4 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), dies from cardiac arrest at 31
  • Mar 5 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, dies of Crohn's disease at 80
  • Mar 5 André S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, Cinéastes de notre temps), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Helmut Maucher, German businessman, CEO of Nestlé (1990-97), dies at 90
  • Mar 5 Hayden White, American "literary criticism" historian (Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe), dies at 89
  • Mar 6 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • Mar 6 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 6 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 83
  • Mar 6 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Sir John E. Sulston, British molecular biologist, co-recipient of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (roundworm genome sequencing), dies of stomach cancer at 75
  • Mar 7 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), dies of a hip fracture and heart failure at 90
  • Mar 7 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, dies at 108
  • Mar 7 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), dies at 84
  • Mar 8 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), dies of respiratory failure at 89
  • Mar 8 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock, Jonestown, The Ghost of Memory), dies of natural causes at 96
  • Mar 8 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Mar 9 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, dies from complications of colon and liver cancer at 69

Person of interestHubert de Givenchy

Mar 10 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn's LBD) and founder of Givenchy (1952), dies at 91

Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy
  • Mar 11 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90
  • Mar 12 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), dies of complications following a surgery at 82
  • Mar 12 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), dies of pneumonia at 54
  • Mar 12 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), dies of heart failure at 47
  • Mar 12 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), dies at 82
  • Mar 12 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, dies of complications of dementia at 80
  • Mar 13 Dr. T Berry Brazelton, American child development paediatrician, author, TV host (What Every Baby Knows), who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), dies at 99

Person of interestStephen Hawking

Mar 14 Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), dies at 76

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • Mar 14 Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and human rights activist, assassinated at 38
  • Mar 14 Adrián Lamo, American threat analyst and hacker (NYT, Yahoo!, Microsoft) who reported Chelsea Manning to the FBI, dies at 37
  • Mar 14 Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese writer and women's rights activist (Birds of September, A Cat’s Diary), dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), dies following long illness at 84
  • Mar 15 Michael Getler, American journalist and 1st ombudsman appointed by a US broadcasting network (PBS), dies of bile duct cancer at 82
  • Mar 15 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, dies of heart failure at 78
  • Mar 20 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Mar 22 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), dies of cancer at 80
  • Mar 22 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, dies at 107
  • Mar 22 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • Mar 23 DuShon Monique Brown, American actor (Prison Break, Connie-Chicago Fire), dies at 49
  • Mar 24 Lawrence K. Grossman, American news executive (PBS, NBC-TV) and author (The Electronic Republic), dies of Parkinson’s disease and cancer at 86
  • Mar 24 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), dies at 91
  • Mar 27 Stephane Audran, French actress (Just Before Nightfall), dies at 85
  • Mar 29 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 29 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), dies from multiple organ failure at 73
  • Mar 30 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, dies at 89
  • Mar 31 Frank Aendenboom, Flemish actor (Lion of Flanders), dies at 76