On This Day

March 1998 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

Historic Event

Mar 3 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee about Microsoft's dominant position in the software industry

  • Mar 4 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.

Historic Event

Mar 6 British Union Flag begins to be flown full-mast over Buckingham Palace whenever British monarch not in residence, following change of protocol after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

  • Mar 6 Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery
  • Mar 15 An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran

Historic Event

Mar 16 Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust

  • Mar 24 Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
  • Mar 24 A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
  • Mar 26 Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • Mar 29 Vasco da Gama Road bridge opens in Lisbon, Portugal as the longest bridge in Europe

Birthdays in History

Amanda Gorman

Mar 7 Amanda Gorman, American poet and activist who delivered the poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration, born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in History

Danielle Steel

Mar 27 Novelist Danielle Steel (50) weds financier Thomas James Perkins (66)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Fred W. Friendly, American journalist and broadcast executive, dies at 82
  • Mar 6 Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed
  • Mar 12 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 Hans von Ohain, German-American aerospace engineer, dies at 86

Benjamin Spock

Mar 15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

  • Mar 15 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), dies at 91
  • Mar 16 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate, dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • Mar 16 Derek Barton, British organic chemist (Nobel 1969), dies at 79
  • Mar 22 Robert F Overmyer, American USMC Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-5; STS- 51-B), dies in plane crash while test flying an aircraft at 59
  • Mar 23 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), dies at 46
  • Mar 25 Max Green, Australian lawyer (b. 1952)
  • Mar 25 Steve Schiff, United States Congressman (b. 1947)
  • Mar 27 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), dies at 88
  • Mar 27 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 31 Bella Abzug "Battling Bella", American politician, feminist and activist (Rep-D-NY, 1970-74), dies at 77