Historical Events in March 2006

Film Premiere

Mar 1 Animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown" directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Belgium

  • Mar 1 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station
  • Mar 1 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time
  • Mar 3 37th NAACP Image Awards: "Crash" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins
  • Mar 4 Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response received.

Film & TV History

Mar 5 Nature documentary "Planet Earth" narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC

  • Mar 6 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
  • Mar 9 Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn
  • Mar 10 Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people.
  • Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • Mar 11 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61

Historic Event

Mar 11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile

  • Mar 12 47th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats South Carolina, 49-47
  • Mar 12 53rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76

Hall of Fame

Mar 13 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Black Sabbath; Blondie; Miles Davis; Lynyrd Skynyrd; The Sex Pistols; Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss

Film & TV History

Mar 14 Mike Wallace retires from US news program "60 Minutes" after 37 years

  • Mar 15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 16 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Mar 18 France wins Six Nations Rugby Championship on points difference over Ireland, with a 21-16 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Ireland receives consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy

Historic Event

Mar 19 On the weekend of his 84th birthday, Fred Shuttlesworth gives his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church

  • Mar 20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.

Historic Event

Mar 20 Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.

Historic Event

Mar 21 First ever tweet sent out by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey "just setting up my twttr"

  • Mar 21 Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.
  • Mar 22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths
  • Mar 22 ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire
  • Mar 22 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox
  • Mar 23 The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply
  • Mar 24 Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.

Historic Event

Mar 24 Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate

  • Mar 25 Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Mar 25 Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
  • Mar 26 Burma's military junta officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, the new capital (Yangon previous capital)
  • Mar 26 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force
  • Mar 26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Canadian Stephen Ames shoots a final round 67 to complete biggest win of his career by 6 strokes from Retief Goosen of South Africa
  • Mar 27 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • Mar 28 At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • Mar 30 Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space
  • Mar 30 UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.