On This Day

March 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time
  • Mar 1 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station
  • Mar 4 Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response received.
  • Mar 6 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
  • Mar 9 Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn
  • Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • Mar 10 Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people.

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Mar 11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Mar 15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 16 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.

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Mar 19 On the weekend of his 84th birthday, Fred Shuttlesworth gives his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Mar 20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • Mar 20 Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.
  • Mar 21 Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.
  • Mar 22 ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire
  • Mar 22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths
  • Mar 22 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox
  • Mar 23 The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply
  • Mar 24 Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.

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Mar 24 Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Mar 25 Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Mar 25 Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
  • Mar 26 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force
  • Mar 26 Burma's military junta officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, the new capital (Yangon previous capital)
  • Mar 27 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • Mar 28 At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • Mar 30 Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space
  • Mar 30 UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.

Weddings in History

  • Mar 17 Publicist Lizzie Grubman (35) weds Chris Stern in New York

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Harry Browne, American politician and author, dies at 72
  • Mar 3 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • Mar 3 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)

Person of interestRichard Kuklinski

Mar 5 Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man, dies at 70

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Mar 6 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Gordon Parks, American photographer, dies at 83
  • Mar 7 Ansen [Nancy Ann] Dibble, Dutch sci-fi author (Summerfair), dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)

Person of interestSlobodan Milošević

Mar 11 Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), dies at 64

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • Mar 12 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • Mar 13 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • Mar 13 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • Mar 14 Ann Calvello, American roller derby queen, dies at 76
  • Mar 14 Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia (b. 1929)
  • Mar 15 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • Mar 15 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • Mar 16 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • Mar 17 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (for Jackie Kennedy), dies at 92
  • Mar 18 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • Mar 22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)
  • Mar 23 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • Mar 23 Desmond Doss, American soldier and first conscientious objector Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • Mar 26 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
  • Mar 27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • Mar 27 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • Mar 28 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • Mar 28 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 28 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 29 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)