On This Day

March 1996 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 New toll-free 888 area code introduced in USA
  • Mar 1 Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington & Shap England
  • Mar 3 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • Mar 5 Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 7 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
  • Mar 7 British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
  • Mar 7 The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament formed
  • Mar 9 NASA space shuttle STS-75 (Columbia 19) lands
  • Mar 10 NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani visits Israel
  • Mar 11 Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • Mar 11 Mark Waugh scores 110 v NZ for his third century of the World Cup
  • Mar 11 The EU Database Directive is passed
  • Mar 11 John Winston Howard becomes the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. His term in office is the second longest in Australian history, ending December 3, 2007.
  • Mar 12 Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • Mar 13 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • Mar 13 At Dunblane Primary School, Scotland, 16 children and 1 teacher are shot dead by Thomas Hamilton who then commits suicide. Results in handguns being banned in the UK.

  • Mar 14 Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)
  • Mar 18 A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162.
  • Mar 20 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
  • Mar 20 UK admits humans can catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease)
  • Mar 22 Cheryl Depew of Florida crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
  • Mar 22 STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit
  • Mar 23 Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • Mar 24 MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
  • Mar 25 Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) approaches within 0.1018 AUs of Earth
  • Mar 25 Freedom Shoemakers on Maryport's Solway Estate closes
  • Mar 25 Ice Pairs Championship at Edmonton won by Eltsova & Bushkov (RUS)
  • Mar 25 US issues newly-redesigned $100 bill
  • Mar 25 The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of "mad cow disease" (BSE).
  • Mar 26 The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Prince Edward & girl-friend Sophie visited Graystoke Castle

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • Mar 31 Radio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast
  • Mar 31 Space Shuttle STS 76 (Atlantis 16), lands

Weddings in History

  • Mar 24 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 19 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela divorces Nelson Mandela after 38 years of marriage

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Margaret McKay, British politician, dies at 85
  • Mar 2 Jacobo Majluta Azar, 47th President of the Dominican Republic (1978-82), dies at 61
  • Mar 3 David Bowman, trade unionist, dies at 82
  • Mar 3 John Joseph Krol, cardinal, dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Leo Malet, French crime novelist, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, German journalist, dies at 76
  • Mar 3 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • Mar 4 Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • Mar 4 Minnie Pearl [Sarah Ophelia Colley], American country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry, Hee-Haw), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Joshua Compston, English art impresario, dies at 26
  • Mar 5 Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed, president of Bangladesh (1975), dies
  • Mar 5 Nicolás Cotoner, 23rd Marquess of Mondéjar, Spanish nobleman and military officer, dies at 90
  • Mar 6 Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
  • Mar 7 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 8 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • Mar 8 Jack Churchill, British Army commando, dies at 89
  • Mar 9 Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Elman Ali Ahmed, peace campaigner, dies at 42
  • Mar 9 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Lucius E Burch Jr, US civil rights leader, dies at 84
  • Mar 11 Barry Appleby, British cartoonist (The Gambols), dies at 86
  • Mar 11 Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer, dies at 92
  • Mar 11 John Henry Pyle Pafford, librarian, dies at 96
  • Mar 12 Charles Bruce Perry, Professor of Medicine (Bristol University), dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Gyula Kallai, Prime Minister of Hungry (1965-67), dies at 85
  • Mar 12 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher, dies at 67
  • Mar 13 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner, dies at 85
  • Mar 14 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature, dies at 69
  • Mar 15 Helen Chadwick, artist, dies at 42
  • Mar 15 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, American lawyer and diplomat, dies at 89
  • Mar 16 Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet's bookshop), dies at 104
  • Mar 16 Peter Clemoes, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies at 76
  • Mar 17 Bela Szigeti, Hungarian theoretical physicist, dies at 83
  • Mar 17 Thomas Enders, diplomat, dies at 64
  • Mar 18 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979) dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 William Hutchinson Murray, Scottish mountaineer and author, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Claude Bourdet, French human rights activist and journalist, dies at 86
  • Mar 20 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Frank Murray, police Officer, dies at 51
  • Mar 22 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Robert Franklin Overmyer, astronaut (STS 5, STS 51-B), dies at 59
  • Mar 22 Robert Mellors, gay activist, dies at 47
  • Mar 22 Ron Hayward, English politician, General Secretary of the Labour Party, dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Peter Baer, German-British artist and printmaker, dies at 72
  • Mar 26 (Elizabeth Cissie) Charlton, football matriarch, dies at 83
  • Mar 26 David Packard, American electronic engineer and businessman, dies at 83
  • Mar 26 Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81
  • Mar 26 Tom Wakefield, British writer, dies at 60
  • Mar 28 Roscoe [Charles Barnet] Harvey, British soldier, dies at 95
  • Mar 28 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • Mar 28 Edith Fowke, Canadian folklorist, dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • Mar 28 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • Mar 28 Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (Deputy Prime Minister 1986-87), dies at 81
  • Mar 28 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • Mar 29 Maggie Donnelly, bag lady, dies at 46
  • Mar 30 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), dies at 79
  • Mar 31 Dante Giacosa, engineer/designer, dies at 91
  • Mar 31 Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • Mar 31 Julius Young, fast food entrepreneur, dies at 73