On This Day

March 2012 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Euro zone unemployment reaches historical high of 10.7%
  • Mar 2 Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky
  • Mar 2 The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army
  • Mar 2 New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members
  • Mar 3 Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
  • Mar 3 Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
  • Mar 4 Munitions dump explosions kill at least 250 people in the Republic of Congo

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 4 Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 4 Over 10,000 illegal Peruvian gold miners clash with police to gain control of Puerto Maldonado
  • Mar 5 27 members of Iraq's security force are killed by gunmen disguised as police in Haditha
  • Mar 5 Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar
  • Mar 6 9,000 residents are evacuated from Wagga Wagga, Australia, as the Murrimbidgee River threatens to overflow
  • Mar 8 Greece secures debt-restructuring deal with private lenders
  • Mar 8 Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles over safety concerns
  • Mar 9 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Mar 10 At least 130 rockets are fired into Israel from Gaza
  • Mar 11 US soldier kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan
  • Mar 12 100 people are killed in ethnic clashes and cattle raids in South Sudan
  • Mar 12 45 people, including children, are massacred by the Syrian Army in Homs
  • Mar 12 China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade
  • Mar 13 19 people are shot dead in a bus attack in Ethiopia
  • Mar 13 Encyclopaedia Britannica announces that it will no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopaedia
  • Mar 13 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mar 13 28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland
  • Mar 16 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Mar 17 MESSENGER spacecraft begins its extended mission
  • Mar 18 Joachim Gauck elected President of the Federal republic of Germany by the Federal Assembly
  • Mar 19 Wendy's overtakes Burger King to become the second best-selling hamburger chain
  • Mar 20 50 people are killed and 240 injured in a wave of terror attacks across 10 cities in Iraq
  • Mar 21 Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982
  • Mar 21 Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal
  • Mar 22 Massive fire devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife on Mount Kenya
  • Mar 22 Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales
  • Mar 22 Largest protest in Quebec's history occurs in Montreal with over 200,000 people marching against government tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education
  • Mar 22 Ireland returns to recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011 following a fall of 1.1% in the third quarter
  • Mar 23 African Union suspends Mali's membership following a coup
  • Mar 24 African Union deploys 5,000 strong force with the aim of catching or killing warlord Joseph Kony
  • Mar 26 Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Mar 27 Danielle Steel’s novel “Betrayal” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • Mar 27 On This Day launches a sister site in Spanish, Hoy en la Historia
  • Mar 30 Spanish Government cuts 27 billion Euros from its budget in a tough austerity measure
  • Mar 30 Mastercard and Visa announce a massive breach in security with over ten million compromised credit card numbers
  • Mar 30 American Mega Millions lottery hits a world record lottery amount of 640 million dollars
  • Mar 31 Fiji Floods kill 2 people and force thousands to be evacuated

Weddings in History

  • Mar 8 Former "Raising Sextuplets" star Jenny Masche weds longtime beau Levi McClendon in San Diego

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger & publisher, dies at 43
  • Mar 2 Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • Mar 2 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • Mar 2 James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • Mar 2 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • Mar 5 William Heirens, American serial killer, dies at 83
  • Mar 6 Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Donald Payne, American Congressman, dies from colon cancer at 77
  • Mar 6 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), dies at 82
  • Mar 8 Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • Mar 9 Selma Rubin, American environmental activist, dies at 96
  • Mar 9 Lord Wedderton of Charlton, British academic and politician, dies at 84
  • Mar 9 Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton, British politician, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), dies at 73
  • Mar 10 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukrainian president (1978-81), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 F. Sherwood Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry 1995, dies from Parkinson's disease at 84
  • Mar 11 Sid Couchey, American comic book artist, dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Censu Tabone, President of Malta, dies at 98
  • Mar 17 John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
  • Mar 17 Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88
  • Mar 17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull energy drink, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 18 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • Mar 19 William Charette, American navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 79
  • Mar 20 Jim Stynes, Irish Australian rules footballer, dies from cancer at 45
  • Mar 22 Haydn Tudor Evans, British high court judge, dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77
  • Mar 25 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Mar 27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet and essayist (Diving into the Wreck), dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • Mar 27 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • Mar 27 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, dies at 88
  • Mar 28 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81
  • Mar 28 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), dies at 74