On This Day

March 1993 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Authorities near Waco, Texas, negotiate (unsuccessfully) with Branch Davidians
  • Mar 5 Fokker 100 crashes at Skopje Macedonia, 81 die
  • Mar 12 317 killed by bomb attacks in Bombay
  • Mar 12 Inkhata leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi begins 2½ week speech
  • Mar 13 Blizzard of '93 hits north-east USA

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 13 Australian Federal elections: Australian Labor Party headed by Paul Keating re-elected for a fifth term

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
  • Mar 14 3,000th performance of "Nunsense"
  • Mar 14 Johan Koss skates world record 5km (6:36.57)
  • Mar 14 Ricky Ponting hits twin tons for Tasmania aged 18 years 84 days
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Prague won by Oksana Baiul (UKR)
  • Mar 15 Vinod Kambli scores 227 v Zimbabwe, his 2nd consecutive Test 200
  • Mar 15 In a landmark case, Mohamed Tabet, police commissioner of Casablanca, is convicted of sexually abusing over 1,500 women and sentenced to death
  • Mar 17 86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta
  • Mar 18 Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ12.2 billion
  • Mar 18 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship in Prague won by I Brasseur & L Eisler (CAN)
  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court Justice Byron R White announced plans to retire
  • Mar 20 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in Warrington, England


Mar 21 Pope John Paul II beatifies Duns Scotus, a philosopher-theologian of the Middle Ages

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Mar 21 South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl

InventionHistoric Invention

Mar 22 Intel introduces Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Mar 23 Belgian government of Jean-Luc Dehaene resigns
  • Mar 24 Ezer Weizman elected president of Israel

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Mar 27 Jiang Zemin appointed President of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • Mar 28 Conservatives win French parliamentary election
  • Mar 28 Type II supernova detected in M81 (NGC 3031)
  • Mar 29 French government of Édouard Balladur forms
  • Mar 30 Jamaican premier Percival Patterson wins parliamentary election

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, born in Livingstone, New Jersey (d.2015)

Weddings in History

  • Mar 20 Talk show host Morton Downey Jr (59) weds producer Lori Krebs (29) in Bellmore, New York

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 2 Novelist Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) divorces Marianne Wiggins

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
  • Mar 5 Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry divorces his wife Effi

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Luis Kutner, American co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84
  • Mar 2 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15

Person of interestAlbert Sabin

Mar 3 Albert Sabin [Abram Saperstein], Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 86

Physician and Scientist Albert Sabin
Physician and Scientist
Albert Sabin
  • Mar 3 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Richard Sale, writer/director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Diana Ochoa, dies after long illness at 80
  • Mar 5 Peter Bierdrager, Dutch Fokker's-test pilot, dies in air crash
  • Mar 6 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • Mar 6 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), dies at 82
  • Mar 8 Johan Bodegraven, radio host (Purses Open, Dikes Closed), dies at 78
  • Mar 9 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 C. Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress) and author (Parkinson's Law), dies at 83
  • Mar 10 David Gunn, abortion doctor, killed by Michael Griffin at 47
  • Mar 11 Manuel da Fonseca, Portuguese writer (Cerro Maior), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Andreas J A I Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Leiderdorp), dies at 62
  • Mar 12 Wang Zhen, marxist/vice-premier of China (1988), dies
  • Mar 13 Ralph Smith Fults, American gangster (Bonnie & Clyde gang), dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
  • Mar 16 Djilalli Lyabes, Algerian minister of Higher Education, murdered
  • Mar 16 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Arialda), dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Mohammed Hussein Nagdi, Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered
  • Mar 17 Laadi Flici, Algerian MP, murdered
  • Mar 17 Charlotte Hughes, British supercentenarian (lived under the rule of 6 monarchs and 24 British Prime Ministers), dies at 115
  • Mar 18 Robert A. Rushworth, American test pilot (X-15), dies at 68
  • Mar 19 Barend P Tammeling, journalist (Trouw, Peek on the North), dies at 58
  • Mar 20 Claudia Yeltsin, mother of Russian president Yeltsin, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Jonathan Ball, English youngster, killed by IRA at 3
  • Mar 23 Hans Werner Richter, German writer/founder (Gruppe 47), dies at 84
  • Mar 24 Erik Andriesse, Dutch painter (skulls, skeletons), dies at 35
  • Mar 24 Peter Roovers, Dutch sculptor/teacher (war monuments), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 John Hersey, American author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Luis Falco, US choreographer (Fame, Angel Heart), dies at 50
  • Mar 27 Carlos Gimenez, Argentine-Venezuelan director (Theater Festival of Caracas), dies at 47
  • Mar 27 Katherine Hynes De Groot, dies of stroke at 88
  • Mar 27 Willem Russell [Wilhelmus Matthias Josephus Russell], Dutch politician (KVP, CDA), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
  • Mar 30 Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (Ocean Park Paintings), dies at 70
  • Mar 31 Jose Maria Lemus, president of El Salvador (1956-60), dies