On This Day

Historical Events on March 4 (Part 2)

  • 1985 WWII veterans returned to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
  • 1986 Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ
  • 1989 Eastern Airlines machinists strike
  • 1989 Javier Sotomayor high jumps indoor world record (2.43m)

Louvre Pyramid

1989 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President François Mitterrand

  • 1990 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
  • 1991 Bank of Credit & Commerce Intl divests itself of 1st American Bank
  • 1991 Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
  • 1993 "Goodbye Girl" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 188 performances

Film & TV History

1993 Katharine Hepburn admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion

  • 1994 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
  • 1995 1st NYC Mayor Trophy's High school track meet in 19 years
  • 1995 Blind teenage boy receives a 'Bionic Eye' at a Washington Hospital

Boxing Title Fight

1995 George Foreman loses WBA boxing title, refusing to fight Tony Tucker

  • 1995 Michael Johnson runs world record 400m indoor (44.63 sec)
  • 1995 Replacement NY Yankees beat NY Mets 2-1
  • 1997 Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
  • 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)

Historic Event

1997 US President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research

  • 1997 Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)
  • 1998 Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
  • 2001 IRA detonates a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • 2001 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • 2001 Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
  • 2002 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
  • 2002 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.
  • 2005 The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
  • 2005 United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
  • 2006 Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response received.
  • 2006 26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins
  • 2007 Estonian parliamentary election: approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, world's 1st nationwide vote where part of the vote casting allowed by remote electronic voting
  • 2009 International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur becoming the first sitting head of state to be indicted
  • 2009 U.S. Steel announce the closure of the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario due to the increasingly worsening effects of the global economic slowdown
  • 2009 Malaysia has a 50% chance of slipping into the recession as growth is expected to reach just 0.5% for the year, announces the executive director Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
  • 2011 42nd NAACP Image Awards: "For Colored Girls" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2012 Munitions dump explosions kill at least 250 people in the Republic of Congo

Election of Interest

2012 Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud

  • 2012 Over 10,000 illegal Peruvian gold miners clash with police to gain control of Puerto Maldonado
  • 2013 40 Syrian soldiers are killed in an ambush in Western Iraq
  • 2013 11 children are killed after a bus collides a truck in the Jalandhar district, India

Historic Event

2013 The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI

Television Premiere

2013 British TV drama "Broadchurch" created by Chris Chibnall, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman premieres on ITV

Historic Event

2014 Chinese premier Li Keqiang declares war on pollution at the National People’s Congress

  • 2016 Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • 2018 World's worst listeria outbreak suspected of killing 180 tracked to processed meat factory in Polokwane, South Africa

Academy Awards

2018 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture "The Shape of Water", Best Director Guillermo del Toro, Best Actor Gary Oldman, Best Actress France McDormand

  • 2018 Italian general election results in no clear winner; populist Five Star Movement led by Luigi Di Maio receives most votes with 32%
  • 2018 Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury, England

Historic Event

2019 US Democrats announce a wide-ranging corruption investigation into President Donald Trump

  • 2019 Return of a lock of hair of Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II to Ethiopia announced by the National Army Museum in London

Historic Event

2019 Canadian minister Jane Philpott resigns in protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's and the government's handling of a scandal involving bribes from engineering firm SNC-Lavalin

  • 2020 Michael Bloomberg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race after a disappointing showing during Super Tuesday
  • 2020 New study confirms human-caused climate change did make the 2020 Australian bushfire season worse, published by World Weather Attribution
  • 2020 "Once in a century" winter in Moscow the hottest in 140 years with average temperature 7.5 C (13.5 F) with virtually no snow

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces all sport in Italy will be played behind closed doors for at least a month in an effort to contain COVID-19