On This Day

What Happened on March 6, 2018

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • "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
  • American WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington rediscovered in Australia's Coral Sea, lost during 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea
  • British health officials tells the country it's time "to get on a diet" and urging manufacturers to reduce calories in foods

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Nashville mayor Megan Barry resigns a month after admitting to an extramarital affair with her bodyguard

BeatificationCanonization

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

  • Sri Lanka imposes first nationwide state of emergency since civil war after unrest between Sinhalese and Muslim areas in Kandy District
  • World's oldest message in a bottle found in Western Australia, thrown from German ship Paula 132 years ago (12 June 1886)

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 83
  • Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), dies at 71
  • Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), dies from natural causes at 88
  • 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