On This Day

March 2000 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 The Constitution of Finland is rewritten
  • Mar 1 Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.

Historic Event

Mar 2 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges

  • Mar 10 The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signalling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom
  • Mar 17 The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult
  • Mar 20 Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after a gun battle that leaves a Georgia sheriff's deputy dead

Papal Visit

Mar 20 Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land - Jordan, Israel, Palestine

  • Mar 27 Phillips explosion kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
  • Mar 28 A Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train (3 children die in this accident).


Mar 30 Richard Branson is knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales for "services to entrepreneurship" at Buckingham Palace, London

Deaths in History

  • Mar 7 Edward H. Levi, American law professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning), dies at 88
  • Mar 10 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), dies at 62
  • Mar 15 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • Mar 26 Alex Comfort, English author (The Joy of Sex), dies at 80
  • Mar 28 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)