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March 2024

1 Year (2023)
Mar 17: The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Russian president Vladimir Putin, the first against a leader of a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

2 Years (2022)
Mar 02: Russian invasion of Ukraine: Russia seizes its first large city, the Black Sea port of Kherson.
Mar 02: Russian invasion of Ukraine: The United Nations reports that over a million refugees have now fled from Ukraine to other countries.
Mar 04: Deaths - Shane Warne, Australian cricketer (1969)
Mar 29: Russian invasion of Ukraine: Russia's deputy defense minister says that Moscow has decided to "fundamentally cut back military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernihiv" in order to "increase mutual trust for future negotiations to agree and sign a peace deal with Ukraine".

5 Years (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.

10 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: UK: 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.

15 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.

20 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: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia join NATO.
Mar 29: Ireland becomes 1st country in world to ban smoking in all work places.
Mar 30: Death of British broadcaster Alistair Cooke aged 95 (radio's 'Letter from America').

25 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: 'Melissa' virus begins infecting computer systems around the world.
Mar 26: Pathologist & euthanasia activist, Jack Kevorkian found guilty of 2nd degree murder.
Mar 26: Pathologist & euthanasia activist, Jack Kevorkian guilty of 2nd degree murder.
Mar 26: UK: Ex miners with lung diseases win £2billion industrial injury compensation case.

30 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').

35 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.

40 Years (1984)
Mar 05: NCB Chairman Ian McGregor outlines plans to close 20 coal pits with 20,000 job losses.
Mar 12: Death of British actor Arnold Ridley ('Private Godfrey' in 'Dad's Army').
Mar 12: Start National Miners' Strike. 6,000 miners walk out at Cortonwood Colliery,Yorkshire.
Mar 12: UK: Start National Miners' Strike. 6,000 miners walk out at Cortonwood Colliery,Yorkshire.
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').

45 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: Leak of radiation steam from Three Mile Island nuclear plant, Pennsylvania.
Mar 28: UK PM James Callaghan loses Parlt Vote of Confidence by 1 vote.
Mar 28: UK PM James Callaghan loses Parlt Vote of Confidence by 1 vote. Loses May election.
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.

50 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.

55 Years (1969)
Mar 02: Maiden 27 minute non-supersonic test flight of Anglo-French airliner 'Concorde'.
Mar 02: Maiden test flight of Anglo-French supersonic airline '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.

60 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.

70 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.

75 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.

80 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.

85 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).

90 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.

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

105 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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