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March 2017 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Gustav Klimt's painting "Bauerngarten" sells for $59.3m in London

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Mar 2 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador

US Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
US Senator and Attorney General
Jeff Sessions
  • Mar 3 Mass grave of 800 children and infants confirmed at a former Catholic care home in Tuam, Ireland

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Mar 5 US President Donald Trump in a tweet accuses former President Obama without offering any evidence of wiretapping Trump Towers during the presidential campaign

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Mar 6 US President Donald Trump signs his second executive order barring travelers from 6 mostly-Muslim countries for 90 days but leaves out Iraq
  • Mar 6 Wikileaks publishes "Vault 7" CIA documents detailing its hacking and surveillance techniques
  • Mar 7 Malta's famous landmark the Azure Window collapses into the sea after a storm
  • Mar 7 19 girls killed in a fire at a government-run care center in San José Pinula, Guatemala
  • Mar 8 Aboriginal DNA study by University of Adelaide shows Aboriginal population dates back 50,000 years from one migration
  • Mar 8 FC Barcelona in a great comeback become 1st team to overturn 4-0 deficit beating St-Germain 6-5 in return game to reach the Champions League quarter finals

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Mar 10 South Korean judges uphold parliaments' decision to impeach President Park Geun-hye

1st Female President of South Korea Park Geun-hye
1st Female President of South Korea
Park Geun-hye
  • Mar 11 At least 65 killed in landslide at rubbish dump near Addis Ababa, Ethopia
  • Mar 14 European Court of Justice rules companies can ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves
  • Mar 15 Dutch elections; Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right VVD party win 33 seats vs against 20 for right wing Geert Wilder's Party of Freedom

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Mar 15 French fashion house Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Englishwoman Clare Waight Keller

Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy
  • Mar 16 US President Donald Trump's second travel ban is blocked by 2 federal courts

  • Mar 20 Indian rivers Yamuna and the Ganges declared "living entities" by court in the state of Uttarakhand
  • Mar 22 Arctic records its lowest ever winter ice cover according to US National Snow and Ice Data Center, 5.5 million square miles
  • Mar 22 Tomb of Jesus reopens after restoration in Jerusalem
  • Mar 22 Terrorist attack on London's Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament kills 4 including a police officer and injures 40
  • Mar 24 US President Donald Trump and Republican party forced to pull their attempt to repeal Obamacare after internal opposition
  • Mar 25 Largest banana split ever, at 8,040 metres long, is made in Innisfail, Australia

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Mar 26 Anti-corruption protests in Russia result in hundreds arrested including opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
Alexei Navalny
  • Mar 26 Mass protests in Chile over country's privatised pension system
  • Mar 26 Carrie Lam is first woman elected to lead Hong Kong by Beijing-influenced electoral commission
  • Mar 28 US confirms likely it is behind the air strike in Mosul, Iraq, that led to collapse of a building that killed more than 100 civilians
  • Mar 28 Britain introduces 1st new pound coin in 30 years with secret security feature inside to stop counterfeiting
  • Mar 28 World's largest dinosaur footprint at 1.7 metres found in Kimberley, Western Australia
  • Mar 28 US President Donald Trump signs Energy Independence executive order undoing Obama climate-control measures
  • Mar 28 Cyclone Debbie strikes north east Queensland coast as a category 4 storm

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Mar 29 Ivanka Trump assumes an unpaid position as Advisor to the President, Donald Trump

Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump Ivanka Trump
Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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Mar 29 UK Prime Minister Theresa May sends a letter to the EU invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally triggering Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Mar 29 Man's body found inside a 7m long reticulated python in Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Mar 30 North Carolina repeals its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use
  • Mar 30 Venezuela Supreme Court takes over legislative powers of the National Assembly, opposition calls it a coup
  • Mar 30 Ex-South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested in corruption investigation
  • Mar 31 Mudslides caused by heavy rains sweep through Mocoa, Colombia killing more than 200

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Paula Fox, American writer (The Slave Dancer), dies at 92

Person of interestRené Préval

Mar 3 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), dies of cardiac arrest at 74

President of Haiti René Préval
President of Haiti
René Préval
  • Mar 3 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • Mar 4 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], American cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, dies at 91
  • Mar 5 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), dies at 100
  • Mar 7 Hans Dehmelt, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 1989), dies at 94
  • Mar 7 Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney (known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants), dies at 77
  • Mar 8 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94
  • Mar 9 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Luigi Barbarito, Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 94
  • Mar 13 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89
  • Mar 17 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), dies at 85
  • Mar 20 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101
  • Mar 20 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Filipino Senator, lawmaker and women's rights activist who led the drafting of the international women’s bill of rights, dies of colon cancer at 87

Person of interestMartin McGuinness

Mar 21 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of the rare heart condition amyloidosis at 66

Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness
  • Mar 21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • Mar 22 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, dies at 69
  • Mar 25 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), dies at 82
  • Mar 27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • Mar 29 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Donald Harvey, American serial killer, healthcare worker who killed at least 37 patients, dies after being attacked in prison at 64
  • Mar 31 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, dies at 83