On This Day

What Happened in March 2021

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is sentenced to three years for trying to bribe a judge

Historic Event

Mar 2 Six books by Dr. Seuss will cease publication because of racist and insensitive imagery according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises

  • Mar 2 Governors of Texas and Mississippi both announce they are lifting mask mandates and COVID-19 health measures despite CDC warnings of complacency

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 2 Dolly Parton receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine she gave $1 million to help develop

  • Mar 3 Australian attorney general Christian Porter denies rape allegation involving 16-year-old girl in 1988
  • Mar 3 38 people shot and killed by security forces in anti-coup protests in Myanmar

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 3 US President Joe Biden criticizes lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by Texas and Mississippi as "Neanderthal thinking"

  • Mar 3 Great apes at San Diego Zoo reported given experimental COVID-19 vaccine designed for animals after earlier outbreak among the gorillas (San Diego, California) [1]
  • Mar 3 Sarah Everard is kidnapped, raped and murdered by a UK policeman after being arrested under false pretenses in London
  • Mar 6 US Senate passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill the American Rescue Plan

Meeting of Interest

Mar 6 On his first visit to Iraq, Pope Francis meets with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the Shiite cleric's home in Najaf

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 6 Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Dharamsala, India and urges others to do so

Film & TV History

Mar 7 Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex broadcast on CBS, alleges Meaghan was made suicidal and subject to racist treatment by the palace

Historic Event

Mar 7 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says "no way I resign' amid accusations of sexual assault and his office concealing nursing home deaths

  • Mar 7 Explosions at a military base in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, likely from faulty storage of dynamite, kills at least 98 and injures over 400 [1]
  • Mar 7 NBA All Star Game, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA: Team LeBron beats Team Durant, 170-150; MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks F

Historic Event

Mar 8 US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says COVID-9 pandemic has had an "extremely unfair" effect on income and economic opportunities for women

Film & TV History

Mar 9 UK TV host Piers Morgan leaves ITV's "Good Morning" after 41,000 complaints made about him saying he did not believe Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's statement about her mental health

  • Mar 9 Brazil records its highest daily COVID-19 death toll to date of 1,972 deaths with 168,370 deaths overall

Historic Event

Mar 9 Queen Elizabeth II publicly expresses "concern" after Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex interview, saying allegations including of racism with be dealt with privately

  • Mar 9 China and Russia agree to build a research station on or around the Moon and collaborate on lunar missions, in move that could start another space race

Appointment of Interest

Mar 10 Merrick Garland confirmed as US Attorney General by US Senate

  • Mar 10 Video gaming platform Roblox goes public on the New York stock exchange, valued at $45 billion

Historic Event

Mar 11 British Prince William says the royal family is “very much not a racist family” in first public comments since interview by brother Harry and wife Meghan

  • Mar 11 Digital art work "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" a digital college by Beeple, with a non-fungible token, sells for record $69.3 million in online auction by Christie's [1]

Historic Event

Mar 12 Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi imposes new COVID restrictions warning of a new wave as cases again exceed 25,000 a day

  • Mar 12 Researchers say world has likely reached 'peak twin' with more twin births than ever before - 1.6 million twins born per year (1 in 42) [1]
  • Mar 14 Myanmar opposition leader Mahn Win Khaing Than calls for a revolution "This is the darkest moment of the nation and the moment that the dawn is close," as protester death toll over 120
  • Mar 14 UK police officer charged with the death of Sarah Everard, who disappeared walking home in south London, and whose death sparked debate about violence against women

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 63rd Grammy Awards: Beyoncé breaks record for most Grammys won by a singer (28), Taylor Swift win Album of the Year and Billie Eilish Record of the Year

  • Mar 14 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Justin Thomas edges Lee Westwood of England by 1 stroke; Thomas wins $2.7m winner's share of the $15m purse
  • Mar 15 Mass March 4 Justice rallies held across Australia to protest against violence and discrimination towards women
  • Mar 15 Largest sandstorm in northern China in a decade engulfs Beijing turning air pollution levels hazardous
  • Mar 15 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine halted in Germany, France and Italy joining some other countries despite little evidence of unusual blood clotting
  • Mar 15 Vatican issues judgement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions, that God “does not and cannot bless sin”
  • Mar 15 Deb Haaland confirmed as US Secretary of the Interior by the Senate, 1st Native American to lead a cabinet agency
  • Mar 15 Armed attackers kill at least 58 people in the Tillabery region, southwest Niger, government declares three days of mourning
  • Mar 16 French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal win the Pritzker Prize for architecture
  • Mar 16 Israeli researchers reveal re-discovery of 2,000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, 1st found in 60 years, left by Jews fleeing Romans in "Horror Cave", Israel

Election of Interest

Mar 16 Declassified US intelligence report says Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized efforts to aid re-election of Donald Trump [1]

  • Mar 16 Gunman shots and kills eight people at three different spas in Atlanta, Georgia

Sports History

Mar 17 America's Cup, Auckland: Emirates Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli by 46s in race 10 for a 7-3 series victory and retain the cup

  • Mar 18 US House Judiciary Committee hearing begins on rise of violence and discrimination against Asian-Americans with report saying 3,800 hate incidents recorded over 12 months [1]
  • Mar 18 US Senate confirms William Joseph Burns as new CIA Director
  • Mar 18 US President Joe Biden agrees Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer" in ABC News interview. Putin responds "It takes one to know one" a day later.
  • Mar 19 Icelandic volcano Fagradalsfjall erupts for the first time in 800 years and after more than 50,000 earthquakes
  • Mar 20 Overseas spectators will not be allowed to attend the Tokyo Summer Olympics due to the pandemic Japanese organizers confirm
  • Mar 20 Severe one-in-a-hundred-year flooding in Sydney and the surrounding state of New South Wales prompts evacuation orders
  • Mar 20 Miami Beach imposes a state of emergency and a curfew as large crowds descend on the area for spring break
  • Mar 21 45 crushed to death in a crowd paying respects to the late President John Magufuli at a stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Mar 22 Sanctions imposed on Chinese officials over rights abuses against Uighurs in China by EU, UK, US and Canada
  • Mar 22 10 people shot dead at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, by 21 year-old gunman
  • Mar 22 Evanston, Illinois, votes to become first US city to pay reparations to Black residents for past discriminations and effects of slavery, giving $400,000 to each household
  • Mar 22 World's largest painting "The Journey of Humanity" by British artist Sacha Jafri sells in Dubai for $62m to raise funds for children's charities

Historic Event

Mar 23 First ever tweet by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey "just setting up my twttr" sells for $2.9 million in digitally autographed version

  • Mar 23 Cargo ship Ever Given gets stuck in the Suez Canal, Egypt, a 400m megaship it completely blocks the shipping canal

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 23 Brazil's daily COVID-19 death toll passes 3,000 (3,251) for the first time (298,676 total deaths reported) as country's Supreme Court blocks President Jair Bolsonaro overturning local restrictions [1]

  • Mar 25 Renaissance masterpiece The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck goes on display, after seven-year restoration, in Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium [1]
  • Mar 25 US President Joe Biden announces a new goal of 200 million vaccinations in his administration's first 100 days (previously 100 million)
  • Mar 25 Republican-led Georgia State Senate passes restrictive changes to state voting. President Joe Biden calls it "Jim Crow in the 21st Century" and "a blatant attack on the Constitution".
  • Mar 26 Scotland beats France 27-23 at Saint-Denis to confirm Wales' 28th Six-Nations Rugby Championship title; Welsh also claim Triple Crown
  • Mar 27 114 people including children killed in one day by armed forces in Myanmar, with more than 420 killed since protests began against the military coup [1]
  • Mar 27 Iran and China sign major agreement guaranteeing Chinese investment of $400 billion and Iranian oil supply in return in Tehran [1]
  • Mar 27 Militants attack the town of Palma, northern Mozambique, killing dozens in an escalation of violence in the area
  • Mar 28 Mexico revises its COVID-19 death toll up by 60% to more than 321,000 giving it the second highest COVID death toll in the world [1]
  • Mar 29 Megaship Ever Given freed after nearly a week stuck in and blocking the Suez Canal, with at least 369 vessels waiting to pass though

Murder of Interest

Mar 29 Trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd begins in Minneapolis

  • Mar 31 US President Joe Biden overturns Trump's restrictions on transgender people serving in the armed forces
  • Mar 31 New York state legalizes recreational use of marijuana in legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (sales not legal for 18 months)
  • Mar 31 Paul Simon sells his entire songwriting catalog of over 400 songs to Sony Music Publishing for an undisclosed sum
  • Mar 31 Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman win computing's Turing Award for their work inventing computer program compilers
  • Mar 31 US President Joe Biden unveils " the American Jobs Plan" one of the largest infrastructure plans in US history- worth $2 trillion

Historic Event

Mar 31 French President Emmanuel Macron announces a new pandemic lockdown, closing schools for three weeks with new national restrictions

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 27 Rapper Jeezy marries TV fashion expert Jeannie Mae Jenkins at home in Atlanta

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Zlatko Kranjčar, Croatian soccer striker (2 caps; Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Wien) and manager (Croatia, Montenegro, Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 64
  • Mar 1 Ian St John, Scottish soccer forward (21 caps; Motherwell; Liverpool 425 games), manager (Motherwell, Portsmouth) and broadcaster (ITV: Saint and Greavsie), dies from cancer at 82
  • Mar 1 Ralph Peterson Jr., American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers; Fo'tet), and educator (Berklee), dies of cancer at 58
  • Mar 1 Vladimír Heger, Czech basketball coach (Czechoslovakia 1965-69, 72-76; Netherlands 1983-85), dies at 89
  • Mar 2 Peter Grosser, German soccer midfielder (2 caps; Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich, Austria Salzburg), dies at 82
  • Mar 2 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), dies of stroke complications at 73
  • Mar 2 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), dies at 90
  • Mar 3 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), dies at 88
  • Mar 3 Yuri Rozanov, Russian sports broadcaster (NTV Plus, Match TV; TEFI Award 2012), dies from cancer at 59
  • Mar 4 Mark Pavelich, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980 'Miracle on Ice'; NY Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks), dies at 63
  • Mar 4 Chris Schultz, Canadian football offensive tackle (NFL Dallas Cowboys; CFL All Star 1987, 88; Toronto Argonauts) and sportscaster (The Sports Network), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • Mar 5 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band- "My Town"), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Mar 6 Bengt Åberg, Swedish motocross racer (World 500cc Motocross Champion 1969, 70; Motocross des Nations gold 1970, 71, 74), dies at 76
  • Mar 6 Chi Shangbin, Chinese soccer midfielder (58 caps; Liaoning) and coach (Dalian Wanda: Chinese Jia-A League champions & Coach of the Year 1996, 97), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Mar 6 Miguel Miranda, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Sporting Cristal) and coach (Alianza Atlético), dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Louis Ottens, Dutch engineer, developed the audio cassette tape, and worked on the compact disc, dies at 94 [1] [2]
  • Mar 8 Norm Sherry, American baseball catcher (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets) and manager (California Angels), dies at 89
  • Mar 8 Rhéal Cormier, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals; Philadelphia Phillies; Boston Red Sox), dies of pancreatic cancer at 53 [1]
  • Mar 8 Norton Juster, American architect and children's author (The Phantom Tollbooth; The Dot and The Line), dies at 91 [1]
  • Mar 8 Fergal McCann, Irish Gaelic football coach and trainer (All-Ireland Championship 2005, 08; Tyrone), dies from cancer at 47
  • Mar 8 Julien-François Zbinden, Swiss jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Monophrases), dies at 103
  • Mar 8 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), dies at 89
  • Mar 9 Agustín Balbuena, Argentine soccer striker (8 caps; Copa Libertadores 1972, 73, 74, 75; Copa Intercontinental 1973; Club Atlético Independiente), dies at 75
  • Mar 9 Tommy Troelsen, Danish soccer striker (16 caps; Vejle Boldklub) and broadcaster (Danmarks Radio, dk4), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), dies at 77
  • Mar 9 (Leonard) "Len" Skeat, British jazz double-bassist, dies at 84
  • Mar 9 Roger Mudd, American Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist and TV news anchor (CBS Weekend News; NBC Evening News; Meet The Press), dies of kidney failure at 93
  • Mar 10 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Stephen Scott, American composer (Bowed Piano Ensemble; Vikings of Sunrise), and educator (Colorado College), dies from complications of dementia at 76
  • Mar 11 Gerald Hartley, American composer, choral director, and educator, dies at 99
  • Mar 12 Ivo Trumbić, Croatian water polo player (Olympic gold 1968 Yugoslavia) and coach (Olympic bronze Netherlands 1976), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, American boxer (undisputed World Middleweight champion 1980-87; second-longest unified C'ship reign in history), dies at 66
  • Mar 13 Murray Walker, English motorsport commentator and journalist (Formula 1: BBC 1976-96, ITV 1997-2001), dies at 97
  • Mar 13 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and professor (Barnard College, Brooklyn, NYC), dies shortly after a stroke at 79
  • Mar 14 Henry Darrow [Enrique Delgado], American stage and screen character actor (The High Chaparral; Harry O; The New Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • Mar 15 Doug Parkinson, Australian pop and rock singer (Focus - "Dear Prudence"), dies at 74
  • Mar 15 Yaphet Kotto, African-American stage and screen actor (Live And Let Die; Alien; Homicide: Life on the Street), dies at 81 [1]
  • Mar 16 Erhan Önal, Turkish soccer central defender (12 caps; FC Bayern Munich, Standard Liège, Galatasaray), dies at 63
  • Mar 16 Sabine Schmitz, German professional motor racing driver, and television personality (Top Gear), dies of cancer at 51
  • Mar 17 John Magufuli, Tanzanian politician, President of Tanzania (2015-2021) dies in office at 61
  • Mar 17 Freddie Redd, American hard-bop jazz pianist, organist, and composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 18 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher and anthroposophist, dies at 89
  • Mar 20 Peter Lorimer, Scottish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Leeds United 526 games), dies at 74
  • Mar 20 William "Buddy" Deppenschmidt, American jazz drummer (Charlie Byrd Trio - "Jazz Samba"), dies of Covid-19 at 85 [1]
  • Mar 21 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian feminist writer and activist (Women at Point Zero), dies at 89 [1]
  • Mar 21 Jeff Grayshon MBE, English rugby league utility (England 11 caps; GB 13 caps; Dewsbury, Cronulla-Sutherland, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers, Batley), dies at 72
  • Mar 21 Trisutji Kamal, Indonesian classical pianist and composer (Prayer of Redemption), dies at 84

Elgin Baylor

Mar 22 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11 x NBA All Star; NBA All-Star Game MVP 1959; Minneapolis/LA Lakers), dies at 86

  • Mar 22 Frank Worthington, English soccer forward (8 caps; Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers) and manager (Tranmere Rovers), dies at 72
  • Mar 23 George Segal, American actor (Carbon Copy; Fun With Dick & Jane; Just Shoot Me!), and banjo player, dies at 87
  • Mar 23 Benny Dees, American college basketball coach (U of New Orleans; U of Wyoming; Western Carolina Uni), dies at 86
  • Mar 23 Julié Pomagalski, French snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 1999), dies in an avalanche at 40
  • Mar 23 Don Heffington, American touring and session drummer, singer, songwriter and producer (Lone Justice; Watkins Family Hour; Emmylou Harris), dies of leukemia at 70
  • Mar 23 Ethel Gabriel (nee Nagy), American record producer and label executive (RCA, 1943-84), dies at 99
  • Mar 24 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold - 71kgs 1992; silver 1996), dies at 53
  • Mar 24 Craig "muMS" Grant, American poet and actor (Oz), dies at 52
  • Mar 24 Bob Plager, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (St. Louis Blues 1969-77) and coach (St. Louis Blues 1992), dies from a heart attack at 78
  • Mar 25 Beverly Cleary, American Newberry Medal winning writer of children's and young adult fiction (Ramona series, 1955-99), dies at 104
  • Mar 25 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), dies from a stroke at 89
  • Mar 25 Bobby Brown, American baseball third baseman (NY Yankees; World Series 1947, 49–51) and executive (president American League 1984-94), dies at 96
  • Mar 25 Larry McMurtry, American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (Lonesome Dove), and Academy Award-winning scriptwriter (Brokeback Mountain), dies at 84 [1]
  • Mar 25 Bill Brock, American Republican politician (Senator from Tennessee, 1971-77; US Secretary of Labor, 1985-87), dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Howard Schnellenberger, American football coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1983; Uni of Oklahoma, Uni of Louisville, Florida Atlantic Uni; Baltimore Colts), dies at 87
  • Mar 27 Derek Ufton, English soccer defender (1 cap; Charlton Athletic), manager (Plymouth Argyle) and cricket wicketkeeper (Kent), dies at 92
  • Mar 27 Todd Kabel, Canadian jockey (Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey 1992, 95, 2003-06; Queen's Plate 1995, 2000; Prince of Wales Stakes 2000, 07), dies at 55
  • Mar 28 Malcolm Cecil, British jazz bassist, record producer, audio engineer and electronic musician (Ronnie Scott; Blues Incorporated; TONTO's Expanding Head Band), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Jerry McGee, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1977, 4 PGA Tour titles), dies at 77
  • Mar 29 Bibian Mentel-Spee, Dutch para-snowboarding athlete (Winter Paralympics gold snowboard cross 2014, 18; banked slalom 2018; 5 x gold World C'ship), dies from cancer at 48
  • Mar 30 G. Gordon Liddy, American Watergate felon and radio host, dies at 90
  • Mar 31 Ron Greene, American college basketball coach (Uni of New Orleans, Mississippi State, Murray State, Indiana State), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Ken Reitz, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1980; Gold Glove Award 1975; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 69