On This Day

March 2008 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 Riots in Yerevan, Armenia concerning the Armenian presidential election, 2008 come to a fatal end, with police forces clashing with civilians in their peaceful protest, resulting in 8 deaths.
  • Mar 13 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time.
  • Mar 17 New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson becomes acting New York State governor.
  • Mar 17 The popular online game for children, Fantage, is launched
  • Mar 19 GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed
  • Mar 24 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.
  • Mar 31 Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service

Weddings in History

  • Mar 23 France's former first lady Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz (50) weds Moroccan-born public relations executive Richard Attias (48) in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 29 Biggest Loser contestant Amy Hildreth (28) weds Marty Wolff (27) in Charleston, South Carolina

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 Gary Gygax, American fantasy author and role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons), dies at 69
  • Mar 4 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • Mar 5 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • Mar 6 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • Mar 10 Richard Fran Biegenwald, an American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Howard Metzenbaum, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 90
  • Mar 14 Chiara Lubich, Italian Catholic activist and leader and foundress of the Focolare (b. 1920)
  • Mar 15 Sarla Thakral, first Indian woman to fly an aircraft (1936), dies at about 94
  • Mar 16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • Mar 17 Roland Arnall, American businessman and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, dies at 68
  • Mar 18 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

Mar 19 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), dies of post-polio syndrome at 90

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Mar 19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • Mar 26 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • Mar 26 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • Mar 27 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)