On This Day

Historical Events in March 2001

  • Mar 1 Carolina center Ron Francis scores a goal on his 38th birthday in Hurricanes' 3-1 win over NY Islanders to become only the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50+ points for 20 straight seasons
  • Mar 4 IRA detonates a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • Mar 4 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • Mar 4 Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
  • Mar 5 In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Mar 6 US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham establishes the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to be used in emergency circumstances
  • Mar 10 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
  • Mar 11 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
  • Mar 11 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55
  • Mar 15 The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions
  • Mar 17 OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1
  • Mar 19 The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
  • Mar 20 Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15
  • Mar 23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji
  • Mar 24 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Battlefield Earth" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 25 73rd Academy Awards: "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win

  • Mar 25 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam shoots a final round 69 to win the first of her 3 titles at this event, 3 strokes ahead of 5 runners-up
  • Mar 26 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins the first of his 2 PC's, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Vijay Singh of Fiji

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Mar 30 At 15 years, 9 months American swimmer Michael Phelps breaks 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas; becomes youngest male to set a world mark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 German brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher become first siblings to share front row of the grid in a Formula 1 World Championship event; qualify 1st and 2nd respectively for Brazilian GP in São Paulo

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher