On This Day

Historical Events in March 2008

  • Mar 2 Riots in Yerevan, Armenia concerning the Armenian presidential election, 2008 come to a fatal end, with police forces clashing with civilians in their peaceful protest, resulting in 8 deaths.

Album Release

Mar 3 Duffy releases her debut album "Rockferry" (Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album, 1009)

Hall of Fame

Mar 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Leonard Cohen; The Dave Clark Five; Madonna; John Mellencamp; The Ventures; Little Walter; Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff

Music History

Mar 11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

  • Mar 12 Streaming service Hulu launches for public access in the United States
  • Mar 13 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time.
  • Mar 15 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
  • Mar 15 Wales beats France, 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown
  • Mar 16 55th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 North Carolina beats #22 Clemson, 86-81
  • Mar 16 49th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Arkansas, 66-57
  • Mar 17 New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson becomes acting New York State governor.
  • Mar 17 The popular online game for children, Fantage, is launched
  • Mar 19 GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed
  • Mar 22 French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets world record of 47.50 for 100m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008
  • Mar 24 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.

WrestleMania

Mar 30 WrestleMania XXIV, Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL: Kane defeats Chavo Guerrero; Randy Orton beats Triple H and John Cena in a title Triple Threat match; The Undertaker downs Edge

  • Mar 31 Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service