On This Day

March 2001 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 4 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • Mar 4 Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
  • Mar 5 In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Mar 6 US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham establishes the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to be used in emergency circumstances
  • Mar 15 The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions
  • Mar 17 OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1
  • Mar 19 The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
  • Mar 20 Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15
  • Mar 23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji
  • Mar 26 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Henry Wade, American lawyer (Dallas County District Attorney 1951-87), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 4 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, dies at 93
  • Mar 10 Michael Woodruff, English surgeon and scientist (organ transplantation), dies at 89
  • Mar 12 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73
  • Mar 12 Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, dies at 64
  • Mar 13 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • Mar 13 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • Mar 19 Charles K. Johnson, American President of the Flat Earth Society, dies at 76
  • Mar 21 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • Mar 24 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 25 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde. dies at 77
  • Mar 29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • Mar 31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)