March 2009 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 3 The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.
  • Mar 4 International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur becoming the first sitting head of state to be indicted
  • Mar 4 Malaysia has a 50% chance of slipping into the recession as growth is expected to reach just 0.5% for the year, announces the executive director Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
  • Mar 4 U.S. Steel announce the closure of the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario due to the increasingly worsening effects of the global economic slowdown
  • Mar 11 Winnenden school shooting - 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.
  • Mar 22 Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest
  • Mar 25 Gay dating site Grindr launched by Joel Simkhai, first ever dating application to combine dating information and location
  • Mar 27 Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people.

Swine Flu Pandemic

Mar 28 The first cases of H1N1 swine flu in the United States occur in two people in California

Weddings in History

  • Mar 21 British songbird who soared to the top of the charts with her hit "Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield (27) weds California businessman Matthew Robinson at Church Estate Vineyard's in Malibu, California

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, Bissau-Guinean politician (President of Guinea-Bissau, 1980-99 & 2005-09), killed by army after his military rival's death in a bombing at 69
  • Mar 4 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 4 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, dies in a car crash at 50
  • Mar 8 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • Mar 11 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • Mar 12 Leonore Annenberg, American diplomat and philanthropist (Chief of protocol for Ronald Reagan), dies at 91
  • Mar 13 James Purdy, American author (Malcolm), dies at 94
  • Mar 14 Altovise Davis [née Gore], American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis Jr.'s third wife, dies from stroke complications at 65
  • Mar 16 Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, American Appalachian moonshiner, bootlegger, and how-to book author (Me and My Likker), takes his own life at 62
  • Mar 19 Gertrud Fussenegger, Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende), dies at 96
  • Mar 25 John Hope Franklin, American historian (From Slavery to Freedom, 1995 Presidential Medal of Freedom), dies at 94
  • Mar 25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • Mar 27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • Mar 31 Jarl Alfredius, Swedish news anchor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 31 Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina (1983-89), dies of lung cancer at 82