Events in History on March 4 (Part 2)

Event of Interest

2014 Chinese premier Li Keqiang declares war on pollution at the National People’s Congress

  • 2016 Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • 2018 Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury, England
  • 2018 Italian general election results in no clear winner; populist Five Star Movement led by Luigi Di Maio receives most votes with 32%
  • 2018 World's worst listeria outbreak suspected of killing 180 tracked to processed meat factory in Polokwane, South Africa

Event of Interest

2019 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

  • 2019 Return of a lock of hair of Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II to Ethiopia announced by the National Army Museum in London

Event of Interest

2019 US Democrats announce a wide-ranging corruption investigation into President Donald Trump

  • 2020 "Once in a century" winter in Moscow the hottest in 140 years with average temperature 7.5 C (13.5 F) with virtually no snow

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces all sport in Italy will be played behind closed doors for at least a month in an effort to contain COVID-19

Event of Interest

2020 Michael Bloomberg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race after a disappointing showing during Super Tuesday

  • 2020 New study confirms human-caused climate change did make the 2020 Australian bushfire season worse, published by World Weather Attribution
  • 2022 Four-ton rocket debris crashes into the far side of the moon, unconfirmed booster from China's Chang'e 5-T1 mission in first unintentional collision with the moon [1]
  • 2022 Suspected suicide bomb attack on a shia mosque in Pakistani city of Peshawar kills at least 56 and injures 190 [1]
  • 2023 Historic High Seas Treaty agreed by nations at the UN, aiming to place 30% of the seas into protected areas by 2030, 1st international ocean protection agreement for 40 years [1]