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What Happened in March 2020

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Turkey launches major offensive against Syrian government in northern Syria after 36 Turkish soldiers killed in air and artillery strikes 3 days earlier
  • Mar 1 Muhyiddin Yassin sworn as Malaysian Prime Minister by Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah
  • Mar 1 Pete Buttigieg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race
  • Mar 1 First known coronavirus COVID-19 case identified in New York, a health care worker returning from Iran

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Mar 2 Amy Klobuchar drops out of the US Democratic presidential race and endorses Joe Biden

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Mar 2 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey can not longer enforce 2016 deal with EU to stop migrants entering Europe, warns millions may try

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Mar 2 American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders

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Mar 2 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 3 Powerful storm producing multiple tornadoes rips through central Tennessee killing at least 25
  • Mar 3 Iran releases 54,000 people from prison to avoid spread of coronavirus as country reports 77 deaths and 2,300 cases including two dozen MPs
  • Mar 3 World Bank pledges $12 billion in emergency aid for developing countries dealing with coronavirus
  • Mar 3 UK had its wettest February since records began in 1862, according to the Met Office, 209.1mm of rainfall, 237% above average
  • Mar 3 Last Ebola patient discharged from hospital in Beni, DR Congo, raising hopes outbreak at an end in the country after 2,300 deaths
  • Mar 3 Heavy rain and landslides hit coastal areas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states, Brazil, killing at least 18 people
  • Mar 3 Irishwomen Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamar, of Grafton Architecture, are the 1st women to share the Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • Mar 3 Super Tuesday: Biggest voting day for Democrats selecting their presidential candidate revives Joe Biden's campaign, he wins nine states, while Bernie Sanders wins four including California

  • Mar 3 US Federal Reserve makes its largest rate cut in a decade, short-tern interest rates by 0.5% to protect economy against COVID-19
  • Mar 4 Michael Bloomberg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race after a disappointing showing during Super Tuesday
  • Mar 4 New study confirms human-caused climate change did make the 2020 Australian bushfire season worse, published by World Weather Attribution
  • Mar 4 "Once in a century" winter in Moscow the hottest in 140 years with average temperature 7.5 C (13.5 F) with virtually no snow
  • Mar 4 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces all sport in Italy will be played behind closed doors for at least a month in an effort to contain coronavirus

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Mar 5 US senator Elizabeth Warren drops out of the Democratic presidential race

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • Mar 6 Russia refuses to reduce oil production over coronavirus COVID-19 fears, breaking with Saudi Arabia and OPEC and prompting a price war
  • Mar 8 Italy announces it is locking down northern region of Lombardy, including Milan, with 16 million people, as coronavirus (CONVID-19) cases reach 5,800 with 233 deaths
  • Mar 8 America registers 521 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) with 21 deaths across 33 states
  • Mar 8 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Melbourne: Defending champions Australia beats India by 85 runs; Beth Mooney [77no] Player of the Series; Alyssa Healy 75 off 39 balls MVP; crowd 86,174
  • Mar 8 BNP Paribas Open international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, dubbed 'the 5th Grand Slam' is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of participants and attendees

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Mar 9 Italy announces it is locking down the whole country due to spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases with 10,040 cases and 630 deaths
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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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Mar 10 Three months into the COVID-19 epidemic Chinese President Xi Jinping finally travels to Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak as the rate of daily new infections declines in China falls to 19 new cases and 17 deaths

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Mar 10 Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladamir Putin to hold office of President for life

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Mar 10 New York governor Andrew Cuomo deploys the national guard to New Rochelle after one-mile radius zone established as 108 cases of coronavirus COVID-19 detected

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo

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Mar 11 Coronavirus COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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Mar 11 Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein
  • Mar 11 Smallest dinosaur ever discovered - skull preserved in piece of amber smaller than a fingertip from a mine in Myanmar, reported in "Nature"
  • Mar 11 11-year bull market ends as the Dow Jones industrial average falls more than 20%, becoming a bear market
  • Mar 11 NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for the coronavirus

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Mar 12 US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries though not the UK due to coronavirus COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added day later)

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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Mar 12 UK PM Boris Johnson says the UK is facing the “worst public health crisis for a generation”, up to 10,000 people may already be infected with coronavirus COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • Mar 12 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic; Commissioner Gary Bettman hopeful the postponement would not affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Mar 12 2020 NCAA men's basketball tournament is cancelled over concerns of the spreading coronavirus; first time 'March Madness' not held since it began in 1939; women's tournament also cancelled
  • Mar 13 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion to fight coronavirus COVID-19

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Mar 13 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates steps down from the company's board to focus on philanthropic activities

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Mar 13 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 13 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 14 Longest-ever scheduled passenger flight by distance by Air Tahiti Nui from French Polynesia to mainland France 9,765 m (15715 km) due to coronavirus COVID-19 and it was domestic
  • Mar 15 European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as coronavirus COVID-19 deaths rates rise dramatically - Italy 1,809, Spain 288, France 120
  • Mar 15 US Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero to support the economy during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mar 16 Global infections and deaths from coronavirus CONVID-19 overtake those in China for the 1st time, 86,000 vs 80,860 infections, 3,241 vs 3,208 deaths according to John Hopkins Uni
  • Mar 16 Coronavirus COVID-19: France orders a national lockdown, US recommends meetings 10 or less, 6 counties in San Francisco and surrounding counties told to "shelter in place"
  • Mar 16 Coronavirus COVID-19 study by London Imperial College showing migration approach could lead to 250,00 deaths in UK, over 1 million in US, prompts strategy changes from both countries
  • Mar 16 Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to coronavirus pandemic; return dependant on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control
  • Mar 17 European Union announces a 30-day ban on entering its 26 countries for almost all travelers as it struggles to contain coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 17 Golden Rassberry Film Awards (Razzies): Musical "Cats" wins six awards including worst film
  • Mar 17 Chad begins repaying a $100 million debt to Angola with cattle, as more than 1,000 cows arrive in Luanda
  • Mar 17 UEFA announces the postponement of its flagship national team football competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June / July due to the coronavirus emergency
  • Mar 17 French Open becomes first Grand Slam tennis tournament to be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic; moves from May 24-June 7 to September 20-October 4; conflicts with Laver Cup men’s team event
  • Mar 18 Turing Award given to Pixar employees Pat Hanraha and Ed Catmull for three-dimensional computer graphics

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Mar 18 US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agree to close the US-Canada border, the world's longest, to non-essential travel to curb coronavirus COVID-19

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 19 Italian death toll from Coronavirus COVID-19 at 3,405 surpasses China's total (3,245) making it the worst-affected country in the world
  • Mar 19 Entire US state of California with 910 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 ordered to 'stay at home'
  • Mar 19 Professional football in England is further postponed until 'no earlier than 30 April' due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 20 India hangs four men for 2012 gang rape and murder of woman on a bus in New Delhi, country's first hanging since 2013

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Mar 20 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Mar 20 Smoke from Australian bushfires killed more people than the fires - 417 vs 33 according to new study published in "Medical Journal of Australia"
  • Mar 21 Italy records record daily death toll of 793 for coronavirus COVID-19 as the worldwide death tolls surpasses 12,000 with 299,000 known infections (ref John Hopkins)
  • Mar 22 India puts 1 billion people under a daytime curfew to curb coronavirus COVID-19

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Mar 22 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refuses American coronavirus COVID-19 help, refers to conspiracy theory that it was manufactured by the US

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • Mar 23 New York confirmed as center of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the US with 20,875 cases (5,707 in the last day) and 157 deaths

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Mar 23 Immediate global ceasefire to fight coronavirus COVID-19 called for by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • Mar 23 WHO says the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is increasing, 1st 100,000 cases took 67 days, 2nd 100,000 cases 11 days, 3rd 100,000 cases 4 days
  • Mar 23 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in South Africa and the United Kingdom while other European nations extend and strengthen their lockdowns

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Mar 24 Indian PM Narendra Modi orders a 21 day lockdown for world's second most populous country of 1.3 billion people to deal with coronavirus COVID-19

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi

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Mar 24 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Mar 24 China's Hubei province, the original center of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak eases restrictions on travel after a nearly two-month lockdown

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Mar 25 United Kingdom's Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus COVID-19

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Mar 25 Spain's death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 overtakes China's at 3,434 to become second worldwide behind Italy with 7,503 deaths with a worldwide toll of 20,836
  • Mar 26 American cases of coronavirus COVID-19 exceed all other countries, with 81,578 cases and 1,180 deaths (New York Times)
  • Mar 26 Record number of Americans file for unemployment - 3.3 million according to US Department of Labor

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Mar 26 US charges Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and other officials with "narco-terrorism", by flooding the US with drugs

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • Mar 26 Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to all 51 murders in New Zealand
  • Mar 27 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has contracted the coronavirus COVID-19 and that he will continue to lead the country "thanks to the wizardry of modern technology" while in self-isolation
  • Mar 27 $2.2 trillion stimulus package, largest in US history, signed into law by President Donald Trump saying "I never signed anything with a 'T' on it"
  • Mar 28 US President Donald Trump makes grim projection that 240,000 American could die from coronavirus COVID-19, even with restrictions in place

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Mar 29 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari orders a lockdown in the cities of Lagos and Abuja after the country records 97 COVID-19 cases and one death

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • Mar 29 US infectious disease expert Antony Fauci warns America may see between 100,000 - 200,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 30 Russian city Moscow begins a city-wide lockdown after 4 hours notice due to coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 30 Three out of four Americans now ordered to stay home due to coronavirus COVID-19 as states of Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and Florida issue lockdowns
  • Mar 30 International Olympic Committee announces postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 23-August 8 in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 31 British pensioner Robert Weighton becomes the world's oldest man at 112 years

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJack Welch

Mar 1 Jack Welch, American businessman and CEO of General Electric (GE), dies of renal failure at 84

Businessman and CEO of GE Jack Welch
Businessman and CEO of GE
Jack Welch
  • Mar 1 Stefan Lindqvist, Swedish soccer midfielder (5 caps; IFK Göteborg), dies from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 52
  • Mar 2 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, dies at 93
  • Mar 3 Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, killed at 62 in a US drone strike outside Baghdad airport, Iraq
  • Mar 4 Robert Shavlakadze, Georgian high jumper (Olympic gold high jump for Soviet Union 1960), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Antonio Permunian, Swiss soccer goalkeeper (11 caps; AC Bellinzona, FC Luzern), dies at 89
  • Mar 6 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81
  • Mar 6 Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; 9 x NHL All Star; Montreal Canadiens), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Mar 7 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), dies from pelvic cancer at 41
  • Mar 8 Max Von Sydow, Swedish French actor (The Seventh Seal, Exorcist, Game of Thrones), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Barbara Harris, 1st American Episcopal female bishop, dies at 89
  • Mar 15 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), dies at 102
  • Mar 17 Roger Mayweather, American boxer (WBA & lineal super featherweight title 1983-84, WBC light welterweight 1987-89; IBO light welterweight; IBO welterweight 1994-95), dies at 58
  • Mar 18 Alfred M. Worden, American Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (Apollo 15), dies of a stroke at 88

Person of interestKenny Rogers

Mar 20 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), dies of natural causes at 81

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Mar 20 Borislav Stanković, Serbian Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (International Basketball Federation secretary general 1976-2002), dies at 94
  • Mar 21 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • Mar 22 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), dies of Alzheimer’s at 80
  • Mar 23 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), dies from Parkinson's disease at 65
  • Mar 24 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist and script writer (Asterix comic books), dies at 92
  • Mar 24 Terrence McNally, American Tony-winning playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies of coronavirus complications at 81
  • Mar 24 Manu Dibango, Cameroonian musician (Soul Makossa), dies of COVID-19 at 86
  • Mar 24 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • Mar 24 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Tony Rutter, British motorcycle road racer (Formula Two World C'ship 1981-84; 7 x Isle of Man TT Races), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Ignacio Trelles, Mexican soccer midfielder (Mexican Primera División: 1935, 37, 38; Club Necaxa) and coach (Mexico 1960-69), dies at 103
  • Mar 25 Bill Bartholomay, American businessman and MLB owner (Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 1962-76), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Mar 25 Peter Kemper, Dutch soccer defender (3 caps; PSV 221 games), dies of heart failure at 77
  • Mar 25 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), dies from heart complications at 78
  • Mar 25 Mark Blum, American actor (Desperately Seeking Susan, Blind Date, Presidio), dies of COVID-19 complications at 69
  • Mar 26 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Colt 45s/Astros, LA Dodgers), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), dies at 87
  • Mar 26 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), dies at 77
  • Mar 26 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), dies at 70
  • Mar 27 Frank Myler, English rugby league stand-off (24 caps Great Britain, 1 England; Widnes, St. Helens) and coach (Widnes, Swinton, Oldham), dies at 81
  • Mar 27 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), dies from cancer at 77
  • Mar 28 Azam Khan, Pakistani squash player (British Open 1959-62), dies from COVID-19 at 95
  • Mar 29 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • Mar 29 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), dies of COVID-19 at 72
  • Mar 29 Jim Lambright, American college football coach (University of Washington 1993-98; 44–25–1 record), dies from complications of dementia at 77
  • Mar 29 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), dies of COVID-19 complications at 61

Person of interestBill Withers

Mar 30 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), dies of heart complications at 81

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers
  • Mar 30 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • Mar 31 Pape Diouf, Senegalese journalist and football agent (president Olympique de Marseille 2005-09; first black president in Europe's top 6 leagues), dies from COVID-19 at 68
  • Mar 31 Tony Adams, radio and television broadcaster (WCAX-TV Sports Director 1954-89; Vermont sports figure), dies at 95
  • Mar 31 Jeff Grosso, American skateboarder (host Youtube’s 'Vans Loveletters to Skateboarding'), dies at 51
  • Mar 31 Richard Friedman, American psychoanalyst who proved sexual orientation biological, dies at 79