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March 2019 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 3 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika confirms he will run for president one last time, his 5th term, amid widespread demonstrations

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Mar 3 SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docks with the International Space Station during its demonstration run

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Mar 3 Multiple tornadoes tear through Georgia and Alabama killing at least 23

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Mar 4 US Democrats announce a wide-ranging corruption investigation into President Donald Trump

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 4 Return of a lock of hair of Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II to Ethiopia announced by the National Army Museum in London

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Mar 4 Canadian minister Jane Philpott resigns in protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's and the government's handling of a scandal involving bribes from engineering firm SNC-Lavalin

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Mar 5 Second-ever person "cured" of HIV after stem cell transplant treatment in London, England results published in "Nature"
  • Mar 5 Japanese architect Arata Isozaki wins architecture's Pritzker Prize
  • Mar 5 Bugatti announces the most expensive new car ever made - the La Voiture Noire costing €16.7 million (almost $19 million), only one will be made
  • Mar 5 Major study into the MMR vaccine involving over 650,000 children in Denmark finds it does not increase the risk of autism
  • Mar 6 US trade deficit rises to 10-year high of $621 billion

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Mar 6 Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg reveals plans to turn the social media platform into a more "privacy-focused platform"

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Mar 7 Chinese telecommunications company Huawei sues the US government over a federal ban on its products

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Mar 7 Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain shares her first Instagram post, a letter between mathematician Charles Babbage and Prince Albert

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • Mar 7 Thailand's Constitutional Court dissolves opposition party Thai Raksa Chart, after it nominated the King's sister as candidate for Prime Minister
  • Mar 7 Power and communications blackout begins in Venezuela

  • Mar 10 Taliban force attacks Afghan army base killing or capturing about 50 soldiers in Badghis Province, Afghanistan
  • Mar 10 Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashes just after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board

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Mar 11 Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, refutes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement “Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people – and only it.”

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Mar 11 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) changes his mind saying he will not seek a fifth term and postpones elections after mass protests

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Mar 12 Theresa May's British government suffers a second defeat on a Brexit deal with the EU, 391 votes to 242

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Mar 12 More than 3,000 ISIS fighters have surrendered amid battle for last ISIS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, according to Syrian Democratic Forces officials
  • Mar 13 President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to a further 43 months in jail, to add to his previous 47 months
  • Mar 13 Home of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers established as a national monument in Jackson, Mississippi, by President Donald Trump
  • Mar 13 California Governor Gavin Newsom announces an indefinite moratorium on the death sentence in the state, saying it discriminates against marginalized communities
  • Mar 13 US grounds all Boeing 737 Max aircraft after bans by others countries following the plane type's second crash in Ethiopia
  • Mar 13 British MPs vote to reject a no-deal Brexit, defeating Theresa May's government 321 votes to 278
  • Mar 13 Shooting at school in Suzano, near São Paulo, Brazil, kills six including five children, before former student gunmen turn guns on themselves
  • Mar 13 Australian cardinal George Pell is sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual abuse in Australia
  • Mar 13 Member of the New York Gambino mob family Frank Cali shot dead outside his home, first killing of a high-ranking mobster since 1985
  • Mar 14 US Senate passes resolution overturning President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration
  • Mar 14 Former US Democratic representative Beto O'Rourke announces he is running for president
  • Mar 14 Google announces its employee Emma Haruka Iwao has broken the world record for calculating pi, to 31.4 trillion digits, on pi day using Google Cloud
  • Mar 14 California officially free of drought for the first time in more than 7 years (Dec 2011)
  • Mar 14 Tropical Cyclone Idai comes ashore in Mozambique, killing at least 417 people, and Malawi killing at least 56, after causing widespread flooding,
  • Mar 15 Terrorist attack on two mosques by a right-wing Australian gunman kills 51 and wounds 50 in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Mar 15 Climate change strikes held by school children take place around the world inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg
  • Mar 15 The Vessel, a honeycomb viewing structure designed by Thomas Heatherwick opens at Hudson Yards development, New York City
  • Mar 16 Beached dead whale found to have 88 pounds of plastic inside it, including 40 pounds of plastic bags, in Mabini , Philippines
  • Mar 17 Zimbabwe declares a state of emergency after Cyclone Idai tears through eastern Zimbabwe killing at least 259
  • Mar 17 Flash flooding and a landslides kills at least 73 and injures about 60 in Sentani and Jayapura, Papua, eastern Indonesia
  • Mar 17 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces her presidential bid

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Mar 17 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives in the US for face-to-face meetings with Donald Trump

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 18 Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi makes national radio address to the nation after Cyclone Idai, saying more than 1,000 people feared dead with 100,000 at risk
  • Mar 18 “Historic to catastrophic flooding" faced by Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota according to US National Weather Service
  • Mar 18 UK Speaker of the House John Bercow rules a third vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is not possible without new changes
  • Mar 18 Suspected terrorist attack by shooter aboard a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands kills 3 and injures 5
  • Mar 18 Italian charity ship Mare Jonio rescues 50 migrants off the coast of Libya
  • Mar 18 Champion racing pigeon Armando "the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons" sells for a record $1.42 million in Belgium
  • Mar 19 Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announces his resignation after nearly 30 years in office, the last soviet-era head of state
  • Mar 19 American Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win mathematics Abel Prize
  • Mar 19 Image of Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris attacked by internet trolls and controversially removed before being reinstated
  • Mar 19 "Superbloom" of poppies in Walker Canyon, southern California visible from space, after high rainfall
  • Mar 20 Finland is the world's happiest country, South Sudan is world's least happy, according to annual World Happiness Report
  • Mar 20 A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease has helped researchers identify molecules on the skin of people with the disease in Manchester, England
  • Mar 20 Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts calls the state's flooding "the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state's history"

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Mar 21 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, 6 days after the Christchurch terrorist attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
  • Mar 21 US President Donald Trump says US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Twitter
  • Mar 21 Overloaded boat sinks in the Tigris river near Mosul, Iraq, drowning nearly 100

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Mar 21 Levi Strauss & Company is traded publicly for the second time in its history on the New York stock exchange

Fashion Designer Levi Strauss
Fashion Designer
Levi Strauss
  • Mar 21 Governor of Missouri Mike Parson declares a state of emergency as flooding from Nebraska and Iowa flows downstream into the state
  • Mar 21 Former Brazilian President Michel Temer is arrested in São Paulo as part of a large corruption investigation
  • Mar 21 A huge blast from a chemical factory in Chenjiagang Chemical Industry Park in eastern China is so big it registers as an earthquake, kills 78 people and injuries 617
  • Mar 21 Bangladeshi woman with two uteruses safely gives birth to twins 26 days after giving birth to another child
  • Mar 22 "Mind-blowing" discovery announced of 518 million year old fossil site in near Danshui river, Hubei province, China, with thousands of unknown fossils well preserved
  • Mar 23 More than 1 million march to demand a new EU referendum in London, England
  • Mar 23 More than 130 Fulani people killed in Ogossagou, Mali, in attack by Dogon hunters, prompting government ban on the hunters

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Mar 23 Italy signs up to China's Belt and Road Initiative with deals signed in Rome between Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Mar 23 Syrian Democratic Forces announce that the last Islamic State territory has been retaken raising flags in Baghuz, Syria and ending the five-year Islamic State "caliphate"
  • Mar 24 Investigation headed by Special Council Robert S. Mueller finds no evidence President Trump colluded with Russia in 2016 election
  • Mar 25 First rocket fired from Gaza since 2014 toward Tel Aviv prompts Israeli return air strikes on Gaza
  • Mar 25 Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+, news service Apple News+ and an Apple credit card at star-studded event featuring Oprah
  • Mar 25 Teacher of the Year awarded to rural Kenyan math and physics teacher and Franciscan brother Peter Tabichi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Mar 25 Further power blackouts in Caracas, Venezuela, prompt government to tell workers and students to stay at home
  • Mar 25 NASA cancels a planned historic all-female spacewalk because it doesn't have enough spacesuits to fit women
  • Mar 25 British Airways flight from London mistakenly flies to Edinburgh, Scotland instead of Düsseldorf, Germany when wrong flight plan submitted
  • Mar 25 First organ transplant between a live HIV donor and an HIV recipient with a kidney transplant in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 26 European Parliament votes for changes to copyright laws, making internet companies responsible for copyright infringements

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Mar 26 Stolen Pablo Picasso painting "Buste de Femme" (Dora Maar) (1938) recovered after 20 years by Dutch art detective

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Mar 26 Charges of staging fake racist and homophobic attack dropped against Justin Smollet by Chicago prosecutors
  • Mar 26 Maker of Oxyconti, Purdue Pharma agrees to pay Oklahoma $270 million settlement ahead of trial accusing the company of fueling the opioid epidemic
  • Mar 26 State of emergency declared in Rockland |County, New York, due to measles epidemic with unvaccinated children banned from public spaces for 30 days after 153 cases

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Mar 26 Michelle Obama's biography "Becoming" sells over 10 million copies according to its publisher Bertelsmann

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama

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Mar 27 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the country is now a "space power" after successfully shooting down a satellite from space in a ballistic missile test

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Mar 27 UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to stand down if parliament accepts her Brexit plan
  • Mar 27 Former president of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh stole almost 1 billion from his country before his exile in 2017 according to a corruption report
  • Mar 27 Facebook bans white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that Christchurch terrorist able to live-stream his attack
  • Mar 28 European parliament bans single-use plastics, including cutlery and straws by 2021
  • Mar 28 Study of a 71 year-old British woman who has never felt pain, for the first time understood as due to a gene mutation, published in British Journal of Anaesthesia

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Mar 29 Joe Biden accused of an inappropriate kiss by fellow Democrat Lucy Flores

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Mar 30 Zuzana Caputova elected President of Slovakia, the country's first female head of state

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Mar 30 Pope Francis arrives in Rabat, Morocco, on his first-ever visit to the Magreb region of Northern Africa


Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Kevin Roche, Irish architect (Pritzker Prize winner, 1982), dies at 96
  • Mar 1 Zhores Alferov, Soviet/Russian physicist (2000 Nobel Prize in Physics), dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Juan Corona, Mexican born American serial killer, dies in prison at 85
  • Mar 7 Dan Jenkins, American author, sportswriter (Sports Illustrated), dies at 90
  • Mar 9 Bobbi Fiedler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 81
  • Mar 29 Agnès Varda, Belgium-born French director “mother of the French New Wave” (Vagabond), dies at 90