On This Day

March 1999 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 5 Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 8 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh
  • Mar 11 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Mar 12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • Mar 20 Legoland, California, the first Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California
  • Mar 21 Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard and British aviator Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • Mar 23 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña
  • Mar 24 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 24 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
  • Mar 26 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • Mar 29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 12 Janja Garnbret, Slovenian competitive climber, born in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
  • Mar 23 Prince Beltran of Bulgaria

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Mar 4 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 6 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 7 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official, dies at 80
  • Mar 8 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • Mar 10 Oswaldo Guayasamín, Ecuadorian master painter and sculptor, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (Parti Québécois), dies at 76
  • Mar 11 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), dies at 87
  • Mar 18 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator, dies at 93
  • Mar 19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant, dies at 89
  • Mar 23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • Mar 24 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)