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March 2020

1 Year (2019)
Mar 01: The family of a US student who died after he was jailed in North Korea have implicitly rebuked President Donald Trump's lauding of Kim Jong-un.
Mar 01: Pakistan has freed an Indian fighter pilot captured after his plane was shot down in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, amid rising tensions.
Mar 01: US - Jay Inslee: Washington governor to run on climate change
Mar 01: Bin Laden: US offers reward for Osama's son Hamza
Mar 01: Israel - Benjamin Netanyahu - currently seeking to be elected for a fifth term as Israel's prime minister - has known many challenging times in politics, but none quite like this.
Mar 04: China has accused two Canadians of spying, as tensions between the nations grow over the possible extradition of a Huawei executive to the US.
Mar 04: It may come as a surprise to see refugees from the turmoil in Venezuela warmly welcomed in Hungary - by a government widely known to be hostile to immigration and asylum.
Mar 04: Alabama - Rescue teams in eastern Alabama have resumed search operations a day after two tornadoes caused extensive damage to buildings and roads.
Mar 04: Northern white rhinos: could science save the sub-species? The story of the northern white rhino grabbed global attention when the world’s last male, named Sudan, died in March 2018 - leaving just two females on the planet.
Mar 04: California - Two sisters who wandered away from home and got lost in woodland for two days have been found safe and well.
Mar 05: A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature.
Mar 05: France - Traffic jams built up on Tuesday around the French port of Calais as customs officers worked to rule, carrying out tighter checks on lorries heading for the Channel Tunnel and the ferry port.
Mar 05: China - the Canadian businessman, Michael Spavor who has been detained in China and is accused of working together with a former diplomat to spy and steal Chinese state secrets, is also close to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's.
Mar 05: The fastest road car in the world revealed - and it's electric
Mar 05: Teen drama actor Luke Perry dies at 52
Mar 06: The UN human rights chief has warned of the threat posed by growing global inequality over income, wealth and access to resources and justice.
Mar 06: US - An American psychologist who specialises in conflict resolution around the world is now turning her attention to race in the US.
Mar 06: R Kelly breaks silence over sex abuse accusations
Mar 06: Around the world, people are living longer. In 1950, global average life expectancy at birth was only 46. By 2015, it had shot up to over 71. Yet in some countries, progress has not always been smooth.
Mar 06: Climate Change - Muddy, coastal marshes are "sleeping giants" that could fight climate change, scientists say.
Mar 07: Climate change: Rain melting Greenland ice sheet 'even in winter'
Mar 07: DRC - Violence by militia groups has made treating the worst Ebola outbreak in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo even harder.
Mar 07: Music stored in a painting using DNA
Mar 07: Brexit: Deadline looms as ministers push for changes to deal
Mar 07: Facebook has removed more than 130 accounts, pages and groups it says were part of a UK-based misinformation network.
Mar 08: South Africa - Ramaphosa has reaffirmed the ANC’s decision to nationalise the Reserve Bank, saying it should be owned by the people of South Africa. Ramaphosa’s told MPs South Africa is one of only six countries in the world that have external shareholders in their central banks, while the United Kingdom bought out its central bank’s private shareholders in the 1940s.
Mar 08: America's new commercial astronaut capsule has completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
Mar 08: Schools and workplaces in Venezuela have closed as an electricity blackout continues into a second day.
Mar 08: Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have developed a revolutionary new technique to weld glass to metal, which they say could transform the manufacturing sector.
Mar 08: The US economy created the lowest number of jobs for a year-and-a-half in February, coming in well below forecasts.
Mar 08: Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox Jews have clashed with a liberal Jewish women's group at one of Judaism's holiest sites, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem.
Mar 08: The first pictures have emerged of cracking in the graphite bricks which make up the core of nuclear reactors at Hunterston B Power Station in Ayrshire.
Mar 08: New guidelines on diagnosing high blood pressure could mean thousands more people benefiting from treatment in England and Wales.
Mar 08: Brexit: One more push needed to get deal through, says May
Mar 10: NASA shares an update about its next generation launch system, SLS
Mar 11: Ethiopia - Investigators have found the flight data recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 plane that crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.
Mar 11: The Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, has been freed after charges against her were dropped.
Mar 11: The EU has said it is now up to MPs to decide the next steps for Brexit and it remains "committed" to agreeing a deal in time for the UK to leave this month.
Mar 11: Tributes have been paid to Jan-Michael Vincent, the news of whose death has renewed interest in both his film and TV career and his lingering decline.
Mar 12: SSA Report Fallout: Ramaphosa says he is ‘relaxed’ as calls mount for immediate action
Mar 12: Boeing: UK joins wave of countries grounding the 737 Max
Mar 12: North Korea's election has resulted in the expected landslide win for its authoritarian leadership - but in a big first for the country, Kim Jong-un does not appear to have been on the ballot.
Mar 12: Tokyo - Urban farming is helping to feed Tokyo city’s residents
Mar 12: Theresa May is making a final bid to save her Brexit deal ahead of a crunch Commons vote.
Mar 12: Scientists have found evidence of a huge blast of radiation from the Sun that hit Earth more than 2,000 years ago.
Mar 12: Italy bans unvaccinated children from school
Mar 13: Nigeria school collapse: Children killed in Lagos building
Mar 13: Venezuelan crisis: Running out of food, power and cash in blackout after a lack of power for six days.
Mar 13: São Paulo - Two gunmen have opened fire at a school in south-eastern Brazil, killing at least six students and two employees, officials say.
Mar 13: Japan is rethinking society for its growing old-age population, with specially-designed housing and jobs that can be shared.
Mar 13: North Korea rebuilding rocket sites: What does this mean?
Mar 14: Fake pastors and false prophets rock South African faith
Mar 14: Emma Haruka Iwao smashes pi world record with Google help - The value of the number pi has been calculated to a new world record length of 31 trillion digits, far past the previous record of 22 trillion.
Mar 14: Stolen Bruegel masterpiece was switched with fake in police sting
Mar 14: Cancer's 'internal wiring' predicts relapse risk
Mar 14: Cholesterol-lowering pill 'new option for statin users'
Mar 14: Facebook and Instagram suffer most severe outage ever
Mar 14: Mumbai footbridge collapse kills five and injures dozens
Mar 15: NZ - Christchurch shootings: 49 dead in New Zealand mosque attacks
Mar 15: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may break off denuclearisation talks with the US and resume missile and nuclear testing, a senior official says.
Mar 19: UK - Most patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS will not be able to get it soon, despite recent changes in regulation that allow doctors to give it, a committee has heard.
Mar 20: Mozambique's port city of Beira is reeling from the damage inflicted by Cyclone Idai.
Mar 20: Brexit - The EU will only agree to a short delay to Brexit if MPs approve the current withdrawal agreement next week, Theresa May has been told.
Mar 20: Italy - A bus carrying 51 schoolchildren has allegedly been hijacked by its driver and set alight near Milan in Italy. However the children, some of them tied up, were rescued through smashed windows at the back of the bus and no-one was badly hurt. Fourteen people suffered smoke inhalation.
Mar 20: A UN court has rejected an appeal by Bosnian Serb former leader Radovan Karadzic and increased his sentence to life in prison.
Mar 20: Gunmen have attacked a convoy of trucks carrying uranium fuel to a nuclear power plant near the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, police say.
Mar 20: San Francisco moves to ban e-cigarettes until health effects known
Mar 20: Weedkiller glyphosate a 'substantial' cancer factor
Mar 21: President Donald Trump says it is time the US recognises Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967.
Mar 21: Southern Africa - Aid agencies are scrambling to reach survivors of Cyclone Idai, which swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last week, destroying towns and villages in its path.
Mar 21: Iraq ferry sinking: 'More than 70 dead' in Tigris river
Mar 21: Six days after the Christchurch mosque attack, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on "military-style" semi-automatic rifles, prompting questions in the US.
Mar 21: Expedition operators are concerned at the number of climbers' bodies that are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt.
Mar 22: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said it is "possible" that President Donald Trump was sent by God to save Israel from Iran.
Mar 22: US President Donald Trump says he has ordered the withdrawal of recently imposed sanctions against North Korea.
Mar 22: Markets in the UK and US have tumbled with analysts attributing the drop to growing fears of a global slowdown.
Mar 22: The death toll in a huge blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has jumped to 47, with 90 badly injured, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Mar 24: Mongolia - All over the world cities are grappling with apocalyptic air pollution but the capital of Mongolia is suffering from some of the worst in the world.
Mar 24: Norway - A cruise ship that got into trouble off the Norwegian coast is heading to port after the dramatic rescue of hundreds of its passengers.
Mar 24: Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province
Mar 24: US congressional leaders are awaiting conclusions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, with early findings expected Sunday.
Mar 25: Prince Charles & Duchess of Cornwall make 1st official royal visit to Cuba.

2 Years (2018)
Mar 04: Sir Roger Bannister dies at the age of 88 (first athlete to run a sub-four minute mile).
Mar 04: Ex-Russian spy and daughter found unconscious after having been poisoned (in Salisbury)
Mar 04: Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury, England. UK counter-terrorism police investigate amid speculation the Kremlin was behind the incident.
Mar 07: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency
Mar 09: US:  President trump accepts North Korean invitation to hold talks
Mar 09: March 918 The 2018 Winter Paralympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Mar 09: USA President of the United States Donald Trump accepts an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting in May to discuss the denuclearisation of North Korea.
Mar 10: Death: Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer (b. 1927)
Mar 11: China's government approves a constitutional change that removes term limits for its leaders, granting Xi Jinping the status of "President for Life". Xi is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (paramount leader).
Mar 12: Comedian Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90
Mar 12: Flight BS211 crashes in Nepal, killing 51 on board.
Mar 14: World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Mar 14: US - In response to gun violence in the United States, and particularly triggered by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, thousands of high school students across the country participate in an organized protest they called the National School Walkout.
Mar 14: Death - Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist and cosmologist (b. 1942)
Mar 16: Four teenage inventors changing our world - Many are too young to drink, drive, or even catch an Uber but theyre already filing patents.
Mar 17: All Toys R Us stores to close
Mar 17: UK to expel Russian Diplomats in response to ex spy poisoning.
Mar 17: Hacker turned wikileaks source (Chelsea Manning)
Adrian Lamo announced dead at 37
Mar 18: Russia - In the Russian presidential election, Vladimir Putin is elected for a fourth term.
Mar 19: Russia:  Vladimir Putin is re-elected as Russian president for another 7 years.
Mar 19: EU and UK agree a Brexit transition deal.
Mar 19: EU to investigate Facebook and Cambridge Analytics data usage
Mar 19: Kenya The world's last male northern white rhinoceros dies in Kenya, making the subspecies functionally extinct.
Mar 20: UK:  Red Arrows pilot dies in crash in Wales.
Mar 23: French citizen (born in Morocco) kills several people and takes a
group of people hostage. It ends with the death of police officer Col
Arnaud who had swapped places with a woman being held hostage. On
hearing gunshots police storm the supermarket and kill the kidnapper
Mar 23: France An Islamic terrorist attack in Carcassonne and Trbes, France, kills five people, including the perpetrator.
Mar 24: US:  Gun control rallies are held across the US
Mar 24: International - In over 900 cities internationally, people participate in demonstrations against gun violence and mass shootings, calling for stronger gun control in the "March for Our Lives".
Mar 25: Australia/UK - Qantas launches direct non-stop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights between Perth Airport and Heathrow Airport, making it the first commercially non-stop service between Australia and the United Kingdom.
Mar 25: Russia - At least 64 people die in a fire at a shopping and entertainment complex in the Russian city of Kemerovo.
Mar 26: Int - More than 100 Russian diplomats are expelled by more than 20 countries in the wake of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
Mar 28: North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un meets Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping, leaving the country for the first time since assuming office in 2011
Mar 28: Venezuela - At least 78 people die in a fire in the police headquarters of Valencia, Venezuela.

5 Years (2015)
Mar 10: UK: BBC 'Top Gear' presenter Jeremy Clarkson suspended after 'incident' with producer.
Mar 10: UK: Queen Elizabeth II names new luxury cruise liner 'Britannia'.
Mar 12: Death of fantasy science-fiction author Terry Pratchett aged 66.
Mar 17: UK: Ex Chief Supt David Duckenfield admits his failure caused 96 Hillsborough deaths.
Mar 18: 21 killed in terrorist attack on Bardo National Museum in Tunis.
Mar 23: Death of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Aged 91.
Mar 23: UK: Prime Minister David Cameron tells BBC he will not serve a 3rd term in office.
Mar 24: Airbus A320 crashes in French Alps. All 150 on board killed.
Mar 25: TV Presenter Jeremy Clarkson told no new BBC 'Top Gear' contract.
Mar 26: Re-burial ceremony for body of King Richard III in Leicestershire.
Mar 27: Italy: Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito murder convictions quashed.

10 Years (2010)
Mar 03: Death of former Labour Party leader Michael Foot aged 96.
Mar 14: Death of American actor Peter Graves aged 83 (TV series 'Mission Impossible').
Mar 26: UK: Queen sends message of congratulation for 5,000th edition of Ch 4 quiz 'Countdown'.
Mar 29: 2 female suicide bombers kill 40 on Moscow Metro.

15 Years (2005)
Mar 01: New Forest, Hampshire becomes England's 12th National Park.
Mar 03: Steve Fossett completes 1st non-stop solo flight around the world.
Mar 10: Death of Irish comedian Dave Allen aged 68.
Mar 19: Death of American automobile engineer John De Lorean aged 84.
Mar 25: US Actress Jennifer Aniston files for a divorce from US actor Brad Pitt.
Mar 26: Death of former British Prime Minister James Callaghan aged 92.
Mar 29: Death of US lawyer Johnnie Cochran aged 73 (represented O.J.Simpson).

20 Years (2000)
Mar 02: UK returns Augusto Pinochet to stand trial in Chile.
Mar 04: 'PlayStation 2' released in Japan. Becomes best-selling console of all time.
Mar 12: Pope John Paul II apologies for past wrong-doings of Roman Catholic Church.
Mar 21: Pope John Paul II begins 1st official papal visit to Israel.
Mar 26: Vladimir Putin elected President of the Russian Federation.

25 Years (1995)
Mar 02: 'Rogue Trader' Nick Leeson arrested over collapse of Barings Bank.
Mar 03: Divorce of Camilla Parker Bowles & husband Andrew Parker Bowles.
Mar 09: Queen Elizabeth II visits Northern Ireland following IRA ceasefire in 1994.
Mar 13: Death of French-born British WW2 heroine Odette Hallowes (George Cross winner).
Mar 17: Gangland killer Ronnie Kray dies in hospital aged 61.
Mar 20: Terrorist sarin gas attack on Tokyo Subway. 13 killed. Over 5,000 injured.
Mar 29: Death of English cricketer Tony Lock aged 65.

30 Years (1990)
Mar 01: Britain introduces new Official Secrets Act to gag ex-officials & journalists.
Mar 10: Baghdad court sentences Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft to death for spying.
Mar 11: Lithuania declares independence from Soviet Union.
Mar 15: British journalist Farzad Bazoft executed in Iraq for spying.
Mar 15: Russia: Mikhail Gorbachev elected President of Soviet Union.
Mar 20: Death of Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin aged 60.
Mar 20: Imelda Marcos, widow of Philippines dictator, on trial for bribery & racketeering.
Mar 20: UK: 1st time 'The Budget' broadcast live from House of Commons (Chancellor John Major).
Mar 31: 100,000 stong anti-poll tax rally in London turns into a major riot. Over 400 arrested.
Mar 31: Anti-poll tax rally in Central London erupts into the major riot. Over 400 arrested.

35 Years (1985)
Mar 03: Miners' leaders vote to end national miners' strike over planned pit closures.
Mar 07: Charity single 'We Are The World' released to raise money for famine relief.
Mar 11: Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of Soviet Communist Party.
Mar 11: Mikhail Gorbachev, 54, becomes General Secretary of Soviet Communist Party.
Mar 15: Registration of the 1st dot com internet domain name (
Mar 16: Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson kidnapped & taken hostage in Beirut.
Mar 18: 1st episode of TV soap opera 'Neighbours' broadcast in Australia.
Mar 21: Death of English actor Sir Michael Redgrave aged 77.
Mar 25: Death of former British Rail Chairman Dr Richard Beeching aged 71.

40 Years (1980)
Mar 01: Death of Everton & England footballer Dixie Dean at Goodison Park aged 73.
Mar 04: Robert Mugabe wins election victory, Zimbabwe's 1st black Prime Minister.
Mar 04: Robert Mugabe wins election victory., Zimbabwe's 1st black Prime Minister.
Mar 25: IOC votes to ignore US-led boycott and send athletes to Moscow Olympics.
Mar 27: 'Alexander Kielland' oil rig platform collapses in North Sea. 123 killed.
Mar 31: Death US athlete Jessie Owens aged 66. Won 4 Olympic gold medals in Berlin.

45 Years (1975)
Mar 04: Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin knighted at Buckingham Palace aged 85.
Mar 07: Body of kidnapped 17 yr old heiress Lesley Whittle found Staffordshire (after 52 days).
Mar 25: Assassination of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia by his nephew in Riyadh.

50 Years (1970)
Mar 02: Ian Smith declares Rhodesia a Republic.
Mar 18: Leaders of East & West Germany meet for 1st time since country divided in 1949.

55 Years (1965)
Mar 02: World film premiere of 'The Sound of Music' in New York.
Mar 02: World film premiere of 'The Sound of Music' in New York.
Mar 07: Golden eagle 'Goldie' on the run (flight) from Regent's Park Zoo.
Mar 08: 1st American combat troops land in South Vietnam.
Mar 11: UK: Number One record in Britain is 'Its Not Unusual' by Tom Jones.
Mar 18: Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov first person to make a space walk.
Mar 18: Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov is first person to make a space walk.
Mar 28: Death of Princess Mary, Princess Royal. Only daughter of King George V.
Mar 28: US: Martin Luther King leads civil rights Mar from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Mar 29: British School of Motoring (BSM) employs 1st women driving instructors.

60 Years (1960)
Mar 02: US singer Elvis Presley 1st (and only) visit to UK (refuel stop at Prestwick Airport).
Mar 21: Birth 3-time F1 world championship Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna (died in 1984).
Mar 21: Over 60 Black Africans killed in Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa.
Mar 26: UK: 1st televising of British steeplechase, the 'Grand National' from Aintree, Liverpool.

65 Years (1955)
Mar 03: 1st American TV appearance of rock and roll singer Elvis Presley on local TV.
Mar 11: Death of Sir Alexander Fleming, 73 (discovered the life-saving drug penicillin).
Mar 11: Death of Sir Alexander Fleming, 73 (discovered the life-saving drug, penicillin).

70 Years (1950)
Mar 01: Nuclear scientist Klaus Fuchs jailed for 14 years for espionage.
Mar 02: Birth of US singer Karen Carpenter ('The Carpenters').
Mar 19: Death of American novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of 'Tarzan').
Mar 30: Birth of Scottish comedian & actor Robbie Coltrane.

75 Years (1945)
Mar 03: WW2: US & Filipino troops recapture Philippine capital Manila from Japanese.
Mar 26: Death of former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, 82.
Mar 26: Death of former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
Mar 29: WW2: Last German V1 Flying Bomb lands in Britain (Hertfordshire).

80 Years (1940)
Mar 01: British actress Vivienne Leigh wins Oscar for 'Scarlett O'Hara' in 'Gone With The Wind',
Mar 05: WW2: Katyn Massacre. Soviet Union kills 20,000 Polish officers & civil servants.
Mar 18: WW2: Hitler & Mussolini meeting. Mussolini joins war against France & Britain.

85 Years (1935)
Mar 16: Germany: Adolf Hitler orders re-arming & re-introduction of conscription.
Mar 21: Birth of Sunderland & England footballer & manager Brian Clough.
Mar 21: Middle East country of Persia officially renamed Iran.
Mar 23: Birth of British comedy scriptwriter Barry Cryer.
Mar 28: Birth of British TV presenter & journalist Michael Parkinson.

90 Years (1930)
Mar 28: Turkish cities change names (Constantinople into Istanbul; Angora to Ankara).

95 Years (1925)
Mar 21: Official opening of Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

100 Years (1920)
Mar 03: Birth British artist/cartoonist Ronald Searle (Japan POW artist & Nurembourg Trials).

110 Years (1910)
Mar 01: Birth of film actor David Niven ('Around The World in 80 Days'; 'The Pink Panther').

200 Years (1820)
Mar 30: Birth of English novelist Anna Sewell ('Black Beauty').

335 Years (1685)
Mar 21: Birth of German composer Hohann Sebastian Bach.

395 Years (1625)
Mar 22: Charles I becomes King of England after death of James I


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