On This Day

Historical Events on March 12 (Part 2)

  • 2012 45 people, including children, are massacred by the Syrian Army in Homs
  • 2012 China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade

Film Premier

2012 "The Hunger Games" directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence premieres in Los Angeles

  • 2013 JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from seabed deposits
  • 2013 The 2013 Papal conclave begins with no new Pope elected on the first day
  • 2014 8 people are killed, 70 injured, & 2 buildings are leveled by a gas explosion in East Harlem, New York

Historic Event

2018 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was "highly likely" to have poisoned a Russian spy and his daughter on March 4 with nerve agent

  • 2018 Plane crash of Bangladeshi carrier at Kathmandu airport kills at least 49 after plane approaches runway from wrong end
  • 2018 Research shows Chinese cites have decreased pollution by 32 percent on average in just four years
  • 2018 Tens of thousands of farmers from Indian state Maharashtra end protests over loan waivers, prices and land rights after promises from state officials and walking 167km to Mumbai
  • 2018 Civilian death toll in Eastern Ghouta passes 1,000 in three weeks as Syrian government forces capture the town of Mesraba

Film & TV History

2019 Dozens charged in US college admission scandal by US federal prosecutors, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman

  • 2019 K-pop and Big Bang singer Seungri is arrested for procuring prostitutes, retires to fight the charges in South Korea
  • 2019 Theresa May's British government suffers a second defeat on a Brexit deal with the EU, 391 votes to 242
  • 2019 More than 3,000 ISIS fighters have surrendered amid battle for last ISIS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, according to Syrian Democratic Forces officials

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries, though not the UK, due to COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added a day later)

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 UK PM Boris Johnson says the UK is facing the “worst public health crisis for a generation”, that up to 10,000 people may already be infected with COVID-19

  • 2020 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020 2020 NCAA men's basketball tournament is cancelled over concerns of the spread of COVID-19; first time 'March Madness' not held since it began in 1939; women's tournament also cancelled

Historic Event

2021 Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi imposes new COVID restrictions warning of a new wave as cases again exceed 25,000 a day

  • 2021 Researchers say world has likely reached 'peak twin' with more twin births than ever before - 1.6 million twins born per year (1 in 42) [1]