On This Day

Historical Events in March 2004

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 1 Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh
  • Mar 1 Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.
  • Mar 2 Saint Joseph's Hawks finish their college basketball season with an 82-50 win over St. Bonaventure; Hawks undefeated with a perfect 27-0 record in A-10 East Conference
  • Mar 2 Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.
  • Mar 2 War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500
  • Mar 2 Rosetta space probe is launched by the European Space Agency to study comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with Philae lander module aboard
  • Mar 2 Pittsburgh Penguins end their NHL record 14-game home losing streak when they tie the visiting New York Islanders, 3-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Indianapolis Colts sign quarterback Peyton Manning to a 7-year, $98 million deal with a $34.5 million signing bonus; largest package to date in the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Mar 3 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival Ambev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal forming InBev, the world's largest brewer

Investor and Beer Mogul Jorge Paulo Lemann
Investor and Beer Mogul
Jorge Paulo Lemann
  • Mar 6 35th NAACP Image Awards: "The Fighting Temptations" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 7 New Democracy wins the national elections in Greece.
  • Mar 8 A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council after the invasion and occupation by American-led forces
  • Mar 11 Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid's rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
  • Mar 12 Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea, is impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation's history.
  • Mar 13 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

  • Mar 14 51st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats #5 Duke, 95-87
  • Mar 14 45th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 89-73

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Mar 14 WrestleMania XX, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Chris Benoit wins Triple Threat title match with Triple H and Shawn Michaels

Professional Wrestler Triple H
Professional Wrestler
Triple H
Professional Wrestler Shawn Michaels
Professional Wrestler
Shawn Michaels
  • Mar 15 Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.
  • Mar 17 Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.
  • Mar 19 A truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.
  • Mar 19 A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in the 1950s is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the crew are left in place, pending further investigations.
  • Mar 19 Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party's first leader.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 20 18th Soul Train Music Awards: R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Outkast & Beyoncé win

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Singer Janet Jackson
Singer
Janet Jackson
Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
  • Mar 21 In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority.
  • Mar 22 Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant group Hamas, and bodyguards killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles
  • Mar 23 Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 23 Usher releases his 4th studio album “Confessions” (2004 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Contemporary R&B Album 2005)

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher
  • Mar 27 HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
  • Mar 27 France beats England, 24-21 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; England earns the Triple Crown
  • Mar 28 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Grace Park wins her only major title by 1 stroke, sinking a 6-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole; fellow South Korean Aree Song is runner-up
  • Mar 28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 23-year old Australian Adam Scott holds on for his 2nd PGA Tour title, 1 stroke ahead of Irishman Pádraig Harrington
  • Mar 29 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members
  • Mar 29 The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants
  • Mar 31 In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
  • Mar 31 Australian swimmer Lisbeth Lenton breaks Inge de Bruijn's 4-year old 100m freestyle women's world record in 53.66s at the Australian Olympic trials in Sydney
  • Mar 31 With a 12-1 defeat of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Tokyo, NY Yankees starter Kevin Brown becomes only the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to have beaten all 30 teams