On This Day

Historical Events in March 2002

  • Mar 1 The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
  • Mar 1 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan as US special operations forces infiltrate the Shahi-Kot Valley in Eastern Afghanistan
  • Mar 1 The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).
  • Mar 2 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda
  • Mar 2 40-year old South African boxer ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala ends his 22-year career with a 7th-round TKO win over Columbia’s Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title in Johannesburg
  • Mar 3 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • Mar 3 33rd NAACP Image Awards: "Ali" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
  • Mar 4 Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Mar 5 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Mar 10 49th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats NC State, 91-61
  • Mar 10 43rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Alabama, 61-58
  • Mar 12 Animated film "Ice Age" directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, with voices by Denis Leary and John Leguizamo premieres
  • Mar 12 US crime series "The Shield" starring Michael Chiklis premieres on FX
  • Mar 17 WrestleMania XVIII, Skydome, Toronto, ON (68,237): Triple H beats Chris Jericho for the undisputed WWF Heavyweight title

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 18 The Ramones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Mar 19 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 20 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-Songwriter
Alicia Keys
Rapper Dr. Dre
Rapper
Dr. Dre
  • Mar 21 In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • Mar 21 Schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, England
  • Mar 23 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Freddy Got Fingered" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 24 74th Academy Awards: "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington and Halle Berry win; Berry is the first woman of colour to win the Best Actress award

  • Mar 24 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Unheralded New Zealander Craig Perks chips-in twice on the final 3 holes for his only PGA Tour career win, 2 strokes ahead of Stephen Ames
  • Mar 25 TV reality show "The Bachelor" hosted by Chris Harrison debuts on ABC in the US
  • Mar 27 Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.
  • Mar 31 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma, 82-70; Huskies conclude perfect season (39-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 Andre Agassi wins his 700th career match and captures his second straight Key Biscayne title with a 6–3, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4 win over Roger Federer at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Mar 31 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Defending champion Annika Sörenstam of Sweden shoots a final round 68 to win, 1 stroke ahead of compatriot Liselotte Neumann