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Forward Planner: News Anniversaries for the next 6 months

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March 2019

1 Year (2018)
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 04: Ex-Russian spy and daughter found unconscious after having been poisoned (in Salisbury)
Mar 04: Sir Roger Bannister dies at the age of 88 (first athlete to run a sub-four minute mile).
Mar 07: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency
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 09: US:  President trump accepts North Korean invitation to hold talks
Mar 09: March 9–18 – The 2018 Winter Paralympics are held in Pyeongchang, South 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: Flight BS211 crashes in Nepal, killing 51 on board.
Mar 12: Comedian Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90
Mar 14: World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Mar 14: Death - Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist and cosmologist (b. 1942)
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 16: Four teenage inventors changing our world - Many are too young to drink, drive, or even catch an Uber – but they’re already filing patents.
Mar 17: UK to expel Russian Diplomats in response to ex spy poisoning.
Mar 17: All Toys R Us stores to close
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: Kenya – The world's last male northern white rhinoceros dies in Kenya, making the subspecies functionally extinct.
Mar 19: EU to investigate Facebook and Cambridge Analytics data usage
Mar 19: EU and UK agree a Brexit transition deal.
Mar 19: Russia:  Vladimir Putin is re-elected as Russian president for another 7 years.
Mar 20: UK:  Red Arrows pilot dies in crash in Wales.
Mar 23: France – An Islamic terrorist attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes, France, kills five people, including the perpetrator.
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
(terrorist).
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: Venezuela - At least 78 people die in a fire in the police headquarters of Valencia, Venezuela.
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

2 Years (2017)
Mar 01: UK Govt introduces tougher penalties for drivers using mobile phones.
Mar 03: Investigators blame pilot error for Shoreham Air Show crash (11 killed Aug 2015).
Mar 03: Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt to resign following N.Ireland Assembly election.
Mar 06: French owners of Peugeot & Citroen agree to buy GM's European unit for £1.9bn
Mar 06: US Pres Trump signs new executive order for 90-day immigrant bar from 6 nations.
Mar 08: UK: Lord Heseltine sacked as Govt Advisor after Brexit rebellion in House of Lords.
Mar 10: Death of ex Formula 1 and motorcycling world champion John Surtees, 83.
Mar 14: Muirfield Golf Club votes to admit women as members for first time in history.
Mar 15: UK Govt plan to raise National Insurance levels for self-employed is dropped.
Mar 18: Death of US musician & 'father of rock & roll' Chuck Berry aged 90.
Mar 21: Author Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, dies aged 86
Mar 21: Death former IRA leader & Sinn F‚in politician Martin McGuinness, aged 66.
Mar 21: UK follows US & bans large electronic devices in cabin baggage on some flights.
Mar 21: US bans large electronic devices in cabin baggage on flights from 8 countries.
Mar 22: UK Policeman stabbed to death & 4 others killed by car in terror attack, Westminster.
Mar 28: UK issues new 12-sided £1 coin with hidden security feature to foil counterfeiters.
Mar 28: US Pres Trump signs executive order to scrap Obama climate change policies.
Mar 28: Scottish Parlt votes for another independence referendum before UK leaves EU.
Mar 29: UK formerly informs European Union that it is leaving EU in 2 years' time (Brexit).
Mar 31: UK: Gang in Croydon attack & seriously injure 17 yr old Kurdish Iranian boy.

5 Years (2014)
Mar 06: UK: Prince Harry launches 'Invictus Games' for wounded military forces.
Mar 08: Death of James Ellis, 82, Northern Irish actor ('Z-Cars').
Mar 08: Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappears flying Kuala Lumpur-Beijing. 239 missing.
Mar 11: Death of Bob Crow, 52, British trade unionist, General Secretary of the RMT.
Mar 11: Death Raymond Leslie Morris, 84. Cannock Chase child murderer.
Mar 14: Death of Labour veteran Tony Benn aged 88.
Mar 18: Russian President Vladimir Putin signs bill taking Crimea into Russian Federation.
Mar 27: United Nations recognises Crimea as being within Ukraine's international borders.
Mar 29: 1st gay weddings in England & Wales following law allowing same-sex marriage.
Mar 30: Death of British actress Kate O'Mara aged 74 ('The Brothers', 'Dynasty').
Mar 31: UK: Start of fresh inquests into deaths of 96 football fans; Hillsborough Disaster 1989.

10 Years (2009)
Mar 05: Bank of England reduces UK interest base rate to lowest-ever level of 0.5%.
Mar 18: Death of English actress Natasha Richardson,49 after skiing accident in Canada.
Mar 22: Death of Reality TV personality Jade Goody from cancer.

15 Years (2004)
Mar 11: Madrid Train Bombings by Islamist terrorists. 190 killed. Over 1,800 injured.
Mar 28: Death of British actor, director & writer Sir Peter Ustinov aged 82.
Mar 29: Ireland becomes 1st country in world to ban smoking in all work places.
Mar 29: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia join NATO.
Mar 30: Death of British broadcaster Alistair Cooke aged 95 (radio's 'Letter from America').

20 Years (1999)
Mar 12: Death of classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin aged 82.
Mar 21: Death of British comedian Ernie Wise aged 73 ('Morecambe & Wise').
Mar 24: Mont Blanc Tunnel fire, France. 41 killed.
Mar 26: UK: Ex miners with lung diseases win £2billion industrial injury compensation case.
Mar 26: Pathologist & euthanasia activist, Jack Kevorkian guilty of 2nd degree murder.
Mar 26: Pathologist & euthanasia activist, Jack Kevorkian found guilty of 2nd degree murder.
Mar 26: 'Melissa' virus begins infecting computer systems around the world.

25 Years (1994)
Mar 04: Death of Canadian-born actor John Candy ('Planes,Trains and Automobiles').
Mar 04: Four Islamic extremists convicted of World Trade Centre truck bombing in 1993.
Mar 12: 1st women priests ordained into the Church of England.
Mar 23: Death British composer & entertainer Donald Swann ('Flanders & Swann').
Mar 29: Death of British stage & screen actor Bill Travers ('Born Free')
Mar 29: Death of British stage & screen actor Bill Travers ('Born Free').

30 Years (1989)
Mar 04: Purley Train Crash, Surrey. 6 killed and 94 injured.
Mar 04: Time Inc & Warner Communications merger to become Time-Warner.
Mar 24: Supertanker 'Exxon Valdez' runs aground off Alaska & leaks 11m gallons of oil.

35 Years (1984)
Mar 05: NCB Chairman Ian McGregor outlines plans to close 20 coal pits with 20,000 job losses.
Mar 12: UK: Start National Miners' Strike. 6,000 miners walk out at Cortonwood Colliery,Yorkshire.
Mar 12: Start National Miners' Strike. 6,000 miners walk out at Cortonwood Colliery,Yorkshire.
Mar 12: Death of British actor Arnold Ridley ('Private Godfrey' in 'Dad's Army').
Mar 14: Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams shot and injured by Ulster Freedom Fighters in Belfast.
Mar 31: Death of British actor Jack Howarth ('Albert Tatlock' in 'Coronation Street').

40 Years (1979)
Mar 19: Death of British actor Richard Beckinsale aged 31 ('Rising Damp', 'Porridge').
Mar 22: British Ambassador in Holland, Sir Richard Sykes, shot & killed by IRA.
Mar 26: Israel & Egypt end 30 years of war with Peace Treaty agreed in Washington.
Mar 28: UK PM James Callaghan loses Parlt Vote of Confidence by 1 vote. Loses May election.
Mar 28: UK PM James Callaghan loses Parlt Vote of Confidence by 1 vote.
Mar 28: Leak of radiation steam from Three Mile Island nuclear plant, Pennsylvania.
Mar 30: IRA car bomb kills Shadow N.Ireland Sec Airey Neave in House of Commons car park.
Mar 30: IRA car bomb kills Shadow N.Ireland Sec Airey Neave, House of Commons car park.

45 Years (1974)
Mar 03: Turkish Airlines DC10 crash near Paris. All 345 on board killed.
Mar 04: Labour Party leader Harold Wilson becomes British Prime Minister of Minority Govt.
Mar 04: Resignation of British Prime Minister Edward Heath following election defeat.
Mar 06: UK: End of 16-week strike by British coal miners.
Mar 11: Brothers Kenneth & Keith Littlejohn escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin.
Mar 15: British architect John Poulson jailed for 5 years by Leeds Crown Court for corruption.
Mar 20: Princess Anne & husband Captain Mark Phillips survive kidnap bid on Pall Mall, London.
Mar 29: NASA's 'Mariner 10' is 1st spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury.

50 Years (1969)
Mar 02: Maiden test flight of Anglo-French supersonic airline 'Concorde'.
Mar 02: Maiden 27 minute non-supersonic test flight of Anglo-French airliner 'Concorde'.
Mar 04: UK: London gangsters Ronnie & Reggie Kray jailed for life for murder of Jack McVitie.
Mar 07: Golda Meir, 70, becomes Israel's 1st elected woman Prime Minister.
Mar 10: US: James Earl Ray jailed for 99 yrs for murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
Mar 12: Beatle Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman, Marylebone Register Office, London.
Mar 12: Beatle Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman, Marylebone Register Office, London
Mar 17: Birth UK fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
Mar 29: UK singer Lulu with 'Boom Bang A Bang' is 1st equal in Eurovision Song Contest.

55 Years (1964)
Mar 06: US boxer Cassius Clay changes name to Muhammad Ali.
Mar 12: US: James Hoffa, President of American Teamsters Union, jailed for bribery.
Mar 14: US: Jack Ruby sentenced to death for murder of Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.
Mar 15: Actor Richard Burton marries actress Elizabeth Taylor in Montreal.
Mar 18: UK Government announces plans for 3 new towns: Milton Keynes, Havant & Basingstoke.

65 Years (1954)
Mar 01: Birth of US actor & film director Ron Howard ('Happy Days'; 'Apollo 13'; 'A Beautiful Mind').
Mar 01: USA tests a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in Pacific.

70 Years (1949)
Mar 15: End of clothes rationing in Britain (4 years after end of WW2).
Mar 18: Birth of Northern Irish snooker champion Alex Higgins.

75 Years (1944)
Mar 01: Birth of English singer & musician Roger Daltrey ('The Who').
Mar 18: Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Italy.
Mar 19: WW2: Nazi Germany invades & occupies Hungary.
Mar 24: WW2: Over 60 British POWs carry out the 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III.

80 Years (1939)
Mar 02: Death of British archaeologist & Egyptologist Howard Carte.
Mar 02: Death of British archaeologist & Egyptologist Howard Carter.
Mar 17: Birth British yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston (1st solo round world in 1969).

85 Years (1934)
Mar 09: Birth of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space).
Mar 09: Birth of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. First man in space.
Mar 26: Britain introduces 'voluntary' Driving Test. Made compulsory in 1935.

95 Years (1924)
Mar 28: Birth London-born Hollywood child actor Freddie Bartholomew ('David Copperfield').

100 Years (1919)
Mar 17: Birth of American singer Nat 'King' Cole in Alabama, USA.
Mar 23: Future Italian leader Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist movement in Milan.

110 Years (1909)
Mar 31: UK: Suffragette Marion Dunlop stages 1st recorded hunger strike in a British prison.

115 Years (1904)
Mar 01: Birth of American band leader Glenn Miller.

120 Years (1899)
Mar 27: Birth of US film actress Gloria Swanson (Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard).

150 Years (1869)
Mar 18: Birth of British politician & Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ('Peace in Our Time')

185 Years (1834)
Mar 24: Birth of English arts & crafts designer William Morris.

420 Years (1599)
Mar 22: Birth of Belgian portrait artist Sir Anthony Van Dyck.


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