468 Mar 3, St. Simplicius was
elected to succeed Catholic Pope Hilarius.
493 Mar 3, Odovacar, the
Herulian leader, surrendered Ravenna to Theodorik, king of the
Ostrogoths. Theodorik invited Odovacar to dinner and had him
murdered. Theodorik united Italy as an Ostrogoth kingdom until 554.
[see Mar 15]
(PCh, 1992, p.52)(V.D.-H.K.p.88)(SC, 3/3/02)
1431 Mar 3, Bishop Gabriele
Condulmer (1383-1447) was elected as Pope Eugene IV (1431-1447).
(WUD, 1994 p.491)(PTA, 1980, p.410)(SC, 3/3/02)
1459 Mar 3, Ausias March,
Catalan poet, died.
1554 Mar 3, Johan Frederik de
Greatmoedige (50), ruler of Saxon (1532-47), died.
1627 Mar 3, Piet Heyn conquered
22 ships in Bay of Salvador, Brazil.
1638 Mar 3, Duke Bernard van
Saksen-Weimar occupied Rheinfelden.
1706 Mar 3, Johann Pachelbel
(b.1653), German organist and composer best remembered for his
“Canon in D," died Nuremberg at age 52.
(WUD, 1994 p.1034)(AP, 3/3/06)
1707 Mar 3, Aurangzeb (88),
Emperor of India (1658-1707), died.
1746 Mar 3, Bonnie Prince
Charlie occupied the Castle of Inverness.
1756 Mar 3, William Godwin
(d.1836), English philosopher, novelist, essayist, political writer
(Caleb Williams), was born. He was the husband of Mary
Wollstonecraft. Wordsworth as a young man was a follower of the
radical philosopher Godwin.
(WUD, 1994, p.606)(WSJ, 6/23/98, p.A18)(SC,
1776 Mar 3, US commodore Esek
Hopkins occupied Nassau, Bahamas.
1791 Mar 3, Congress
established the U.S. Mint.
1791 Mar 3, The 1st Internal
Revenue Act taxed distilled spirits and carriages.
1793 Mar 3, Charles Sealsfield,
writer (The Making of America), was born.
1794 Mar 3, 1st performance of
Joseph Haydn’s 101st Symphony in D.
1794 Mar 3, Richard Allen
founded AME Church.
1801 Mar 3, 1st US Jewish
Governor, David Emanuel, took office in Georgia.
1803 Mar 3, The first
impeachment trial of a U.S. Judge, John Pickering, began.
1805 Mar 3, Louisiana-Missouri
1813 Mar 3, Office of Surgeon
General of the US army was established.
1817 Mar 3, Mississippi
Territory was divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi.
1817 Mar 3, The first
commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was
1819 Mar 3, An Act to protect
the commerce of the United States and punish the crime of piracy
became a federal statute. It was amended in 1820 to declare the
slave trade and robbing a ship to be piracy as well. The last
execution for piracy in the United States was of slave trader
Nathaniel Gordon in 1862 under the amended act.
1819 Mar 3, The Civilization
Fund Act was created by the United States legislature to encourage
activities of benevolent societies in providing education for Native
Americans and also authorized an annuity to stimulate the
1820 Mar 3, The Missouri
Compromise was passed by Congress. It allowed Missouri to enter the
Union as a slave state and Maine to enter as a free state. [see Mar
(PCh, 1992, p.389)(SC, 3/3/02)
1823 Mar 3, Guyla Andrássy Sr.,
premier of Hungary (1867-71), was born.
1831 Mar 3, George Pullman
(inventor: railroad sleeping car; industrialist: Pullman Palace Car
Company), was born.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1835 Mar 3, Congress authorized
a US mint at New Orleans, LA.
1837 Mar 3, US President Andrew
Jackson and Congress recognized the Republic of Texas.
1837 Mar 3, Congress increased
Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9.
1838 Mar 3, Rebellion at Pelee
Island, Ontario, Canada.
1842 Mar 3, 1st performance of
Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony.
1842 Mar 3, 1st US child labor
law regulating working hours was passed in Massachusetts.
1843 Mar 3, US Congress
appropriated $30,000 "to test the practicability of establishing a
system of electro-magnetic telegraphs."
1845 Mar 3, Georg Cantor
(d.1918), mathematician, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He grew
up in Germany and developed the field of transfinite numbers.
1845 Mar 3, For the first time,
the U.S. Congress passed legislation on this day overriding a
President's veto. President John Tyler was in office at the time.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1845 Mar 3, Congress authorized
ocean mail contracts for foreign mail delivery.
1845 Mar 3, Florida became the
1847 Mar 3, The inventor of
the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell (teacher of the deaf, inventor:
telephone; founder of Bell Telephone Company), was born in
Edinburgh, Scotland. For two generations the family of Alexander
Graham Bell was recognized as leading authorities on elocution and
speech correction. Graham's father, Alexander Melville Bell's
Standard Elocutionist went through nearly 200 editions in English.
(SFEM, 1/11/98, p.12)(AP, 3/3/98)(HC, Internet,
1847 Mar 3, Post Office
Department was authorized to issue postage stamps.
1848 Mar 3, Lajos Kossuth made
a speech demanding parliamentary government for Hungary and
constitutional government for the rest of Austria.
1849 Mar 3, The US Home
Department, forerunner of the Interior Department, was established.
1849 Mar 3, US Congress created
the Minnesota Territory.
1849 Mar 3, The US Gold Coinage
Act authorized the $20 Double Eagle gold coin.
1851 Mar 3, Congress authorized
the smallest US silver coin, a 3¢ piece.
1853 Mar 3, A transcontinental
railroad survey was authorized by Congress.
1853 Mar 3, US Assay Office in
NYC was authorized.
1855 Mar 3, Congress approved
$30,000 to test camels for military use. Sec. of War Jefferson Davis
sent agents to northern Africa to purchase a small herd of camels
and sent them to New Mexico to transport goods to California
(SC, 3/3/02)(SFC, 2/20/04, p.A22)
1855 Mar 3, Registration of
letters was authorized by Congress.
1855 Mar 3, Architect Robert
Mills (b.1781) designer of the Washington Monument in Washington,
D.C., died. The structure, begun in 1848, was not completed until
1857 Mar 3, Under pretexts,
Britain and France declared war on China.
1861 Mar 3, Russian Czar
Alexander II issued a manifest and statutes to end feudal control of
serfs as part of a program of westernization.
(HN, 3/3/99)(LHC,3/1/03)(WSJ, 12/6/07, p.D7)
1862 Mar 3, General Pope laid
siege in front of New Madrid, MO.
1863 Mar 3, President Abraham
Lincoln signed the conscription act compelling U.S. citizens to
report for duty in the Civil War or pay $300.00. 86,724 men paid the
exemption cost to avoid service. The inequality of this arrangement
led to the Draft Riots in New York.
(HN, 3/3/99)(HNQ, 10/18/00)(SSFC, 2/8/15, p.N5)
1863 Mar 3, Abraham Lincoln
approved a charter for National Academy of Sciences.
1863 Mar 3, Free city delivery
of mail was authorized by the U.S. Postal Service on this day. It
replaced zone postage and 449 letter carriers were hired.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)(SC, 3/3/02)
1863 Mar 3, Congress authorized
a US mint at Carson City, NV, and Gold certificates as currency.
1863 Mar 3, Federal ironclad
ships bombed Fort McAllister, Georgia.
1863 Mar 3, Idaho Territory
1865 Mar 3, US Bureau of
Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was established to help
destitute free blacks.
1869 Mar 3, University of South
Carolina opened to all races.
1871 Mar 3, Congress passed the
Indian Appropriation Act, which revoked the sovereignty of Indian
nations and made Native Americans wards of the American government.
The act eliminated the necessity of treaty negotiating and
established the policy that tribal affairs could be managed by the
U.S. government without tribal consent.
1871 Mar 3, Congress
established the civil service system.
1873 Mar 3, William Green,
President of the American Federation of Labor (1924-52), was born.
(HN, 3/3/99)(SC, 3/3/02)
1873 Mar 3, Congress authorized
federal departmental postage stamps.
1873 Mar 3, US Congress and
government raised their own salary, retroactively.
1875 Mar 3, The opera Carmen,
composed by Georges Bizet (1873), opened in Paris at the
Opera-Comique. The opera was based on a novella by Prosper Merimee
1875 Mar 3, The 1st recorded
hockey game took place in Montreal. [see 1855]
1875 Mar 3, Congress authorized
a 20¢ coin. It lasted only 3 years.
1877 Mar 3, Rutherford B. Hayes
took the oath of office as the 19th president of the United States
in a private ceremony. A public swearing-in took place two days
1878 Mar 3, Russia and the
Ottomans signed the Treaty of San Stefano, granting independence to
Serbia. With the Treaty of San Stefano (and subsequent negotiations
in Berlin) in the wake of the last Russo-Turkish War, the Ottoman
Empire lost its possession of numerous territories including
Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. The Russo-Turkish wars
dated to the 17th century, the Russians generally gaining territory
and influence over the declining Ottoman Empire. In the last war,
Russia and Serbia supported rebellions in the Balkans. In concluding
the Treaty of San Stefano, the Ottomans released control of
Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, granted autonomy to Bosnia and
Herzegovina, and allowed an autonomous state of Bulgaria to be
placed under Russian control.
(HN, 3/3/99)(HNQ, 2/23/01)
1878 Mar 3, The Treaty of San
Stefano was signed after Russo-Turkish War. It assigned
Albanian-populated lands to Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia; but
Austria-Hungary and Britain blocked the treaty's implementation.
Albanian leaders meet in Prizren, Kosova, to form the League of
Prizren. The League initially advocated autonomy for Albania. At the
Congress of Berlin, the Great Powers overturned the Treaty of San
Stefano and divided Albanian lands among several states. The League
of Prizren began to organize resistance to the Treaty of Berlin's
provisions that affected Albanians.
1879 Mar 3, US geological
survey director was authorized in Department of the Interior.
1879 Mar 3, Belva Ann Bennett
Lockwood became the first woman to be admitted to practice before
the U.S. Supreme Court.
1882 Mar 3, New York Steam Corp
began distributing steam to Manhattan buildings.
1883 Mar 3, Congress authorized
the 1st steel vessels in US navy.
1885 Mar 3, The United States
Congress passed the Major Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 1153). It placed
seven major crimes under federal jurisdiction if they are committed
by a Native American in Native territory regardless of whether the
victim of the crime was Native.
1885 Mar 3, The U.S. Post
Office began offering special delivery for first-class mail.
1885 Mar 3, California became
the 1st US state to establish a permanent forest commission.
1885 Mar 3, American Telephone
and Telegraph (AT&T) incorporated as a subsidiary of Bell
Telephone to build and operate a long distance network.
(SC, 3/3/02)(SFC, 7/23/04, p.C1)
1887 Mar 3, Anne Mansfield
Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Capt. and Mrs. Arthur H.
Keller to become the teacher of Helen, their blind and deaf
1887 Mar 3, The anti-Catholic
American Protective Association formed in Clinton, IA.
1891 Mar 3, Congress created
the Office of Superintendent of Immigration (Treasury Department).
1891 Mar 3, Congress created
the US Courts of Appeal.
1892 Mar 3, 1st cattle
tuberculosis test in US was made at Villa Nova, PA.
1893 Mar 3, Congress authorized
1st federal road agency in the Department of Agriculture.
1893 Mar 3, Columbian Isabella
silver quarter was authorized.
1894 Mar 3, The first Greek
newspaper in America was published on this day. It was known as the
"New York Atlantis".
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)(SC, 3/3/02)
1894 Mar 3, British PM William
Gladstone submitted his resignation to Queen Victoria, ending his
fourth and final premiership. Gladstone was later quoted as saying
this year: “Do not let me be told that one nation has no authority
over another. Every nation, and if need be every human being, has
authority on behalf of humanity and justice."
(AP, 3/3/08)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.98)
1895 Mar 3, General Matthew
Ridgeway, U.S. Army leader in World War II and Korea, was born.
1895 Mar 3, Ragnar Frisch,
economist (1st Nobel prize in economy-1969), was born in Norway.
1899 Mar 3, Congress authorized
the Lafayette silver dollar.
1899 Mar 3, George Dewey became
the 1st in US with rank of Admiral of the Navy.
1900 Mar 3, US Steel
1901 Mar 3, Congress created
the National Bureau of Standards in Department of Commerce.
1902 Mar 3, Isaac D. France van
de Putte (79), Dutch premier (1866), died.
1903 Mar 3, President Theodore
Roosevelt signed into law the Immigration Act of 1903, one day after
its passage in Congress.
1903 Mar 3, North Carolina
became the 1st state requiring registration of nurses.
1905 Mar 3, US Forest Service
formed. President Theodore Roosevelt successfully lobbied Congress
to create the Forest Service and appointed Gifford Pinchot, a fellow
conservationist, to run the agency. Pinchot had studied forestry in
Europe and worked for the U.S. government in various forestry
positions since 1896. He stayed with the Forest Service until 1910
and contributed greatly to its early development and national
attitudes towards conservation with his enthusiasm. In 1912, he
helped former President Roosevelt found the Bull Moose Party. He
later went on to serve as governor of Pennsylvania. His
autobiography “Breaking New Ground," was published in 1947, a year
after his death.
(WSJ, 2/25/97, p.A22)(HNQ, 4/20/01)(SC, 3/3/02)
1905 Mar 3, The Russian Czar
agreed to create an elected assembly.
1906 Mar 3, Vuia I aircraft,
built by Romanian Traja Vuia, was tested in France.
1911 Mar 3, Jean Harlow
(Harlean Carpenter),actress (Platinum Blonde, Red Dust, Bombshell,
Dinner at Eight, China Seas, Libeled Lady), was born.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1911 Mar 3, The 1st US federal
cemetery with Union and Rebel graves opened at Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
1913 Mar 3, Ida B.
Wells-Barnett demonstrated for female suffrage in Washington DC.
1915 Mar 3, The now famous
film, "Birth of a Nation", debuted in New York City. The motion
picture brought Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh and Wallace Reid to the
silver screen in what has frequently been called the greatest silent
film ever produced.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1915 Mar 3, The National
Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a NASA forerunner, was
created. It was the first US government sponsored organization in
support of aviation research and development.
(SC, 3/3/02)(NPub, 2002, p.9)
1916 Mar 3, Robert Whitehead,
Broadway producer (Bus Stop, A Man for All Seasons), was born.
1917 Mar 3, Congress passed the
1st excess profits tax on corporations.
1918 Mar 3, Arthur Kornberg,
Nobel Prize-winning biochemist (1959), was born.
(HN, 3/3/01)(SC, 3/3/02)
1918 Mar 3, Germany,
Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire and Russia signed the
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended Russian participation in World
War I. Germany and Austria forced Soviet Russia to sign the Peace of
Brest, which called for the establishment of 5 independent
countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. The
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended Russian participation in World
War I, was annulled by the November 1918 armistice. The treaty
deprived the Soviets of White Russia.
(HN, 3/3/99)(LHC, 3/1/03)(AP, 3/3/08)
1918 Mar 3, Richard Göring's
"Seeschlacht" premiered in Berlin.
1919 Mar 3, The US Supreme
Court ruled that falsely shouting “Fire!" in a crowded theater is
not protected by the first amendment. "Shouting fire in a crowded
theater" is a misquote that refers to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s
opinion in the US Supreme Court case Schenck v. United States and
that is used to express the limits upon which free speech may be
expressed under the terms of the First Amendment of the United
1919 Mar 3, Boeing flew the
first U.S. international airmail from Vancouver, British Columbia to
1919 Mar 3, Communist Party in
Germany announced a general strike.
1920 Mar 3, Robert Searle,
cartoonist, was born.
1921 Mar 3, Allen Ginsberg,
beat generation poet (1969 Arts and Letters Award), was born.
1921 Mar 3, In India the
Central Legislative Assembly opened. The Committee on Public
Accounts was first set up in the wake of the Montague-Chelmsford
Reforms. The Finance Member of the Executive Council used to be the
Chairman of the Committee. The Secretariat assistance to the
Committee was rendered by the then Finance Department (later the
Ministry of Finance). This position continued right up to 1949.
1922 Mar 3, WWJ-AM in Detroit,
MI, began radio transmissions.
1922 Mar 3, Italian fascists
occupied Fiume and Rijeka.
1923 Mar 3, US Senate rejected
membership in International Court of Justice, The Hague.
1924 Mar 3, Sean O'Casey's
"Juno and the Paycock" premiered in Dublin.
1924 Mar 3, German and Turkish
friendship and trade treaty was signed.
1924 Mar 3, Kemal Ataturk
forced the abolition of the Muslim caliphate through the protesting
assembly and banned all Kurdish schools, publications and
associations. This ended the Ottoman Empire and created the modern
Middle East, though Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia were still
colonies of Britain and France.
(WSJ, 2/11/99, p.A24)(SSFC, 10/14/01, p.A3)
1926 Mar 3, James Merrill,
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (Divine Comedies), was born.
1926 Mar 3, International
Greyhound Racing Association formed in Miami, FL.
1927 Mar 3, Nicolas Freeling,
crime writer, was born.
1930 Mar 3, Bert Lahr ("The
Wizard of Oz") and Kate "God Bless America" Smith starred as "Flying
High" opened at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. The show had a
run of 45 weeks at what is now the most famous black entertainment
theatre in America.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1931 Mar 3, Cab Calloway and
his Orchestra recorded "Minnie the Moocher" on Brunswick Records. It
was the first recording of the famous bandleader's theme song. The
song was featured prominently in the motion picture, "The Blues
Brothers" (1980), starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1931 Mar 3, Pres. Hoover signed
a bill making “The Star-Spangled Banner", written by Francis Scott
Key, the national anthem of the United States: act of Congress (46
Stat.L. 1508). The melody was originally an English drinking song,
“To Anacreon in Heaven."
(HFA, ‘96, p.26)(WSJ, 9/13/95, p.B-1)(AP,
3/3/98)(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)(HNQ, 2/16/02)
1933 Mar 3, Mount Rushmore was
1933 Mar 3, NYC premiere of
1933 Mar 3, German Presidential
candidate Earnest Thälmann (KPD) was arrested.
1934 Mar 3, It was reported
that Alf Haraldsen had found some 150 pounds of ambergris on the
shore of Bolinas, Ca. The material, formed in the intestines of
whales and used in the manufacture of perfume, was estimated to be
(SSFC, 3/1/09, DB p.50)
1934 Mar 3, John Dillinger
broke out of jail using a wooden pistol in Crown Point, Indiana.
1935 Mar 3, Dutch Revolutionary
Socialist Worker's party (RSAP) was formed.
1938 Mar 3, A world record for
the indoor mile run was set at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH this
day. Glenn Cunningham made the distance in 4 minutes, 4.4 seconds.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1936 Mar 3, Standard Oil of
California struck oil at Damman No 7. Aramco made the first
commercial oil find in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The English Arabist,
H. St. John Philby, orchestrated the Aramco concession in Saudi
(HN, 3/15/98)(WSJ, 3/8/99, p.A16)(SFEC, 6/27/99,
1939 Mar 3, The new Goldfish
swallowing craze began to sweep college campuses getting a start at
the Ivy League's Harvard University.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1939 Mar 3, Eleanor Roosevelt
christened Pan Am's new Boeing built Yankee Clipper.
(SFEM, 2/13/00, p.38)
1939 Mar 3, In Bombay, Ghandi
began a fast to protest the state's autocratic rule.
1940 Mar 3, Artie Shaw and his
orchestra recorded "Frenesi" for RCA Victor.
1940 Mar 3, A Nazi air raid
killed 108 on a British liner in the English Channel.
1941 Mar 3, Netherlands
NSB-leader Mussert visited Göring in Berlin.
1941 Mar 3, Moscow denounced
the Axis rule in Bulgaria.
1942 Mar 3, Canada's Avro
Lancaster military plane made its 1st combat flight.
1942 Mar 3, The RAF raided the
industrial suburbs of Paris.
1943 Mar 3, F. Ryerson and Cohn
Claues' "Harriet" premiered in New York NY.
1943 Mar 3, US defeated Japan
in the Battle of Bismarck Sea.
1943 Mar 3, A bomb fleeing
crowd fell into London shelter and 173 died.
1944 Mar 3, 1st performance of
corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony.
1945 Mar 3, Mystery fans
remember this day as they gathered around the radio set, listening
to the Mutual Broadcasting System as Superman encountered Batman and
Robin for the first time. The cartoon character was created by Joe
Schuster and Jerry Siegel at DC Comics.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)(SFC, 7/8/04, p.B9)
1945 Mar 3, US 7th Army
occupied last part of Westwall (Germany).
1945 Mar 3, Churchill visited
1945 Mar 3, Finland declared
war on the Axis.
1945 Mar 3, Roermond-Venlo,
Netherlands, was freed.
1945 Mar 3, RAF bombing error
hit The Hague and killed 511.
1945 Mar 3, The Allies fully
secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during
World War II. Manila was destroyed and more than 100,000 civilians
killed. About 16,000 Japanese soldiers and 1,000 US troops also died
in the fighting from Feb 3 to March 3.
(AP, 3/3/07)(AP, 2/28/15)
1952 Mar 3, "Whispering
Streets" debuted on ABC Radio, remaining on the air until
Thanksgiving week, 1960. The end of that show brought down the
curtain on what is called "the last day of the radio soap opera"
(November 25, 1960).
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1952 Mar 3, The U.S. Supreme
Court upheld New York's Feinberg Law banning Communist teachers in
1952 Mar 3, Puerto Rico
approved their 1st self written constitution.
1953 Mar 3, Canadian Comet
crashed at Karachi, 11 killed.
1956 Mar 3, Indonesian
government of Harahap resigned.
1957 Mar 3, Corry Brokken won
Eurovision Song festival with "Just as then."
1958 Mar 3, Nuri ash Said
became premier of Iraq.
1959 Mar 3, The new home of the
San Francisco Giants baseball team was officially named, Candlestick
Park. The name was chosen in a contest to name the newly-built
stadium. Al Dermody (1910-2004), the contest winner didn't have to
look far, as the windswept and chilly confines of the National
League's least favorite stadium are located just a few hundred feet
from Candlestick Point, on San Francisco Bay. In 1995, the venerable
name, Candlestick Park was changed to 3COMM Park, after a relatively
small area computer software developer bid a half-million dollars
for the rights to the stadium name – beating out such giants as
Apple Computer, IBM and others.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)(SFC, 9/24/04, p.B6)
1959 Mar 3, A SF Bay Area
earthquake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale in Berkeley.
(SSFC, 3/1/09, DB p.50)
1959 Mar 3, Pioneer 4, the 1st
US probe to enter solar orbit, was launched.
(SFC, 10/2/07, p.A6)
1959 Mar 3, British government
arrested Hastings Banda of Nyasaland (later Malawi), and ended an
1959 Mar 3, Lou Costello
(b.1906), American film comedian, died. He paired with Bud Abbott in
numerous films and the famous "Who's on First" routine.
(HN, 3/6/99)(MC, 3/6/02)(SC, 3/3/02)
1960 Mar 3, The 9th largest
snowfall in NYC history dropped14.5".
1960 Mar 3, The French cargo
ship "La Coubre," laden with Belgian weapons, exploded in
Havana Harbor and killed 136  people. The blast was blamed on
(USAT, 10/8/97, p.8A)(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A14)
1961 Mar 3, King Hassan II, the
17th of the Alawite dynasty, ascended to throne of Morocco. He
succeeded his father Mohamed V.
(SFEC,11/16/97, p.A21)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A9)(SC,
1962 Mar 3, British Antarctic
Territory was formed.
1963 Mar 3, Senegal adopted a
1964 Mar 3, In San Francisco
two days after protests at the Palace Hotel, demonstrators gathered
to protest the hiring practices of the Cadillac salesroom on Van
Ness. Student activist, Terence Hallinan, was arrested in a 2-day of
protest against racial discrimination in hiring at the Sheraton
(SFEC, 10/20/96, BR, p.6)(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.27)
1965 Mar 3, Temptations' "My
Girl" reached #1.
1965 Mar 3, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1965 Mar 3, USSR performed a
nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan, Semipalitinsk, USSR.
1966 Mar 3, James Goldman's
"Lion in Winter" premiered in NYC.
1966 Mar 3, Rock group Buffalo
Springfield formed with Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al.
1966 Mar 3, "Lightnin' Lou"
Christie was striking gold this day for his hit "Lightnin' Strikes".
Christie was born Lugee Sacco and joined a group called The Classics
before making his first recording in 1960. In 1961, he recorded
under the name Lugee & The Lions until changing to Lou Christie
for a string of hits beginning in 1963. Other notable tunes from
Christie's Top 40 appearances include: "The Gypsy Cried", "Two Faces
Have I", "Rhapsody in the Rain" and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" – all
displaying his trademark falsetto voice, similar to that of Frankie
Valli of The Four Seasons. "Lightnin' Strikes" was Christie's only
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1966 Mar 3, An F5 tornado hit
Jackson, Miss. 57 people were killed and nearly 1000 homes
destroyed. Damages were estimated at $18 million.
(SFC, 3/3/09, p.D6)
1967 Mar 3, The US performed a
nuclear test at its Nevada Test Site. The Mushroom test was part of
1967 Mar 3, Grenada became an
associated state of Britain. Full independence came on Feb 7, 1974.
1968 Mar 3, The musical "Here's
Where I Belong" opened and closed at Billy Rose Theater in NYC. The
book was by Alex Gordon and Terrence McNally, lyrics by Alfred Uhry,
and music by Robert Waldman.
1968 Mar 3, The embassies of
Greece, Portugal and Spain were bombed in the Hague.
1968 Mar 3, The Tet offensive
at Hue, South Vietnam, ended with the crushing of the last Viet Cong
resistance. North Vietnamese troops had captured the imperial palace
in Hue, South Vietnam. US troops reconquered Hue, Vietnam.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(HN,
1969 Mar 3, Sirhan Sirhan
testified in a court in Los Angeles that he killed Robert Kennedy.
1969 Mar 3, Apollo 9 blasted
off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module. It
carried astronauts James McDivitt, Russell Schweickart and David
Scott and made 151 Earth orbits over 10 days.
(AP, 3/3/98)(SSFC, 3/8/09, p.B2)
1970 Mar 3, Systems and
Services Company went public. John Baugh (1916-2007) created Sysco
Corp. by combining 9 regional companies, most of them frozen-food
distributors like his Zero Foods Co., founded right after WW II.
(WSJ, 3/17/07, p.A5)
1971 Mar 3, South African
Broadcasting Corp lifted its ban on the Beatles.
1972 Mar 3, Sculpted figures of
Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson were completed
at Stone Mountain, GA.
1973 Mar 3, In the 15th Grammy
Awards winners included: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" sung
by Roberta Flack.
1973 Mar 3, "Shelter" closed at
John Golden Theater in NYC after 31 performances.
1973 Mar 3, Japan disclosed its
first defense plan since World War II.
1974 Mar 3, "Sextet" opened at
Bijou Theater in NYC for 9 performances.
1974 Mar 3, A Turkish Airlines
DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris and
346 people were killed. It was the worst air disaster to date.
1975 Mar 3, "Goodtime Charley"
opened at Palace Theater in NYC for 104 performances.
1976 Mar 3, Pierre Moliniere
(b.1900), French artist and photographer, shot himself to death
rather than face prostate surgery and a reduced sex life.
1976 Mar 3, Mozambique closed
its border with Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
1978 Mar 3, The remains of
comedian Charles Chaplin were stolen by extortionists from his grave
in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered near Lake
Geneva 11 weeks later.
1978 Mar 3, In Rhodesia Ian
Smith signed an agreement with moderate black leaders, who had
pledged to eschew war and to bring black majority rule into effect
by Dec 31. Bishop Abel Muzorewa signed the agreement with Smith,
founding nationalist Ndabaningi Sithole and Chief Jeremiah Chirau to
form a transitional government which tinkered with the constitution
and paved the way for elections. Smith agreed to step down following
elections in 1979.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)(SFC, 11/23/07, p.B13)(AFP,
1979 Mar 3, Mustafa Barzani
(b.1903), Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), died in Washington, DC. He was
succeeded by his son Massoud.
(SFC, 9/4/96, A7)(WSJ, 12/20/02,
1980 Mar 3, The submarine
Nautilus, the world’s 1st atomic ship, was decommissioned at the
Mare Island Shipyard in Vallejo, Ca.
(SFC, 3/4/05, p.F2)
1981 Mar 3, In Los Angeles,
Ca., Stanley "Tookie" Williams (1953-2005) was convicted in the 1979
killing of 4 people and sentenced to death. The co-founder of the
Crips street gang (1971), who denied the murders, took up writing
for children while in prison and created the Internet Project for
Street Peace. In 2000 a member of the Swiss parliament nominated him
for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. A TV film on Williams, "Redemption,"
was scheduled to air in 2004. In 2005 he received a “President’s
Call to Service Award." Williams was executed Dec 13, 2005.
2/13/04, p.A25)(SFC, 8/6/05, p.A2)
1981 Mar 3, William S.
Burroughs Jr. (b.1947), writer, died. He bore the name of both his
father, a Beat writer, and his great grandfather, the original
inventor of the Burroughs adding machine. His 2 novels included
“Speed" and “Kentucky Ham." In 2006 David Ohle edited and compiled
“Cursed From Birth: The short Unhappy Life of William S. Burroughs
1982 Mar 3, US Dist. Judge
Harold Greene, who was immersed in an AT&T antitrust case,
surprised broadcasters and Justice with an order declaring that
limits on TV commercials violated antitrust laws.
1983 Mar 3, Peter Ivers
(b.1946), American musician, was found bludgeoned to death in his
Los Angeles apartment. In 2008 Josh Frank authored “In heaven
Everything Is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers and the Lost
History of New Wave Theater."
1983 Mar 3, Georges Remi
(b.1907), Belgian author and illustrator, died. In 1929 Remi, under
the pseudonym Herge, created the cartoon character Tintin. Remi is
known as the father of the modern European comic book. In 2006 Tom
McCarthy authored “Tintin and the Secret of Literature." In 2007
Philippe Goddin authored “Herge: Lignes de vie," a biography of
6/24/06, p.98)(Econ, 12/20/08, p.84)
1984 Mar 3, Peter Ueberroth
(b.1937) was elected baseball commissioner, effective Oct 1.
1985 Mar 3, The TV series
"Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard and Bruce Willis, premiered.
1985 Mar 3, "My One and Only"
closed at St. James Theater in NYC after 767 performances.
1985 Mar 3, Kevin McHale of
Memphis State University set a Boston Celtics scoring record this
night as he poured in 56 points in a 138-129 win over the Detroit
1985 Mar 3, The group, Women
Against Pornography awarded one of its dubious "Pig Awards" to
Huggies Diapers! The activists said that the diaper TV ads have
"crossed the line between eye-catching and porn."
1985 Mar 3, Britain’s National
Union of Mine Workers (NUM), led by Arthur Scargill, voted to end a
51 week strike that proved to be the longest and most violent
walkout in British history.
(SC, 3/3/02)(AP, 3/3/05)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.27)
1987 Mar 3, Danny Kaye
(b.1913), actor, singer, dancer, comedian, broadcaster and American
entertainment icon, died in Los Angeles.
1988 Mar 3, The U.S. House of
Representatives rejected a package of $30 million in non-lethal aid
for the Nicaraguan Contras.
1989 Mar 3, Senate Republican
Leader Bob Dole suggested that Defense Secretary-designate John
Tower be given the opportunity to appear before the Senate to answer
allegations against him.
1989 Mar 3, Robert McFarlane,
former US National Security Advisor under Pres. R. Reagan, got a
$20,000 fine and 2 years probation for the Iran-Contra affair.
1989 Mar 3, Machinists struck
Eastern Airlines and pilots honored the picket lines.
1990 Mar 3, President Bush
sparked controversy by expressing opposition to the settlement of
Soviet Jewish refugees in East Jerusalem.
1990 Mar 3, Carole Gist (20) of
Michigan was 1st black crowned 39th Miss USA.
1991 Mar 3, "Big Love" opened
at Plymouth Theater in NYC for 41 performances.
1991 Mar 3, American General H.
Norman Schwarzkopf and Saudi Lt. Gen. Prince Khalid discussed
cease-fire terms with Iraqi commanders Lt. Gen. Mohammed Abdez
Rahman al-Dagitistani and Lt. Gen. Sabin Abdel-Aziz al Douri. The
Iraqis’ astonishment at the disparity involved in the prisoner
exchange demonstrated how ignorant they still were of the magnitude
of their own defeat.
(HNPD, 3/3/99)(AP, 3/3/01)
1991 Mar 3, In Los Angeles
police arrested ex-convict Rodney King after an 8-mile chase. King
resisted arrest and the police used force to subdue him. A local
resident captured part of the arrest and beating on video tape. The
incident led to a police trial and acquittal that sparked a violent
riot. In 1998 Lou Cannon published “Official Negligence: How Rodney
King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD" documenting the
(WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A20)(SFEC, 2/8/98, BR p.1)(AP,
1991 Mar 3, 25 people were
killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737 inexplicably crashed while
approaching the airport in Colorado Springs, Colo.
1991 Mar 3, Arthur Murray (95),
dance instructor, died of pneumonia.
1991 Mar 3, Latvia and Estonia
voted to become independent of the USSR.
1991 Mar 3, Miguel Trovoada was
installed as President of Sao Tomé e Principal. The former prime
minister had returned from exile to run for president.
(SC, 3/3/02)(AP, 7/18/03)
1991 Mar 3, Switzerland voted
on lowering voting age from 20 to 18.
1992 Mar 3, President Bush
apologized for raising taxes after pledging not to.
1992 Mar 3, In so-called
“Junior Tuesday" political contests, Democrat Paul Tsongas won
primaries in Maryland and Utah; Bill Clinton won in Georgia, Jerry
Brown in Colorado. Among Republicans, President George H.W. Bush
swept Georgia, Maryland and Colorado.
1992 Mar 3, Charges were filed
in Florida against New York Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman and
Dwight Gooden for rape. They were dropped in April.
1992 Mar 3, Bosnia’s Muslims
and Croats voted for independence in a referendum boycotted by
1992 Mar 3, In Turkey a gas
explosion in underground coal mine in Kozlu, near the Black Sea port
of Zonguldak, claimed 263 lives.
(AP, 3/3/02)(AP, 5/17/10)
1993 Mar 3, Howard Stern radio
show premiered in Boston on WBCN 104.1 FM-evenings.
1993 Mar 3, Albert Sabin (86),
physician, developer of the oral polio vaccine, died in Washington.
1994 Mar 3, "Damn Yankees"
opened at Marquis Theater in NYC for 510 performances.
1994 Mar 3, "Philoktetes
Variations", with Ron Vawter, premiered in Brussels.
1994 Mar 3, Amid continuing
trade tensions with Japan, President Clinton issued an executive
order reviving an expired provision of U.S. trade law known as Super
301, which provided a strict timetable for results.
1994 Mar 3, In Florida Eddie
Wayne Davis raped and killed Kimberly Waters (11), the daughter of a
woman that he had briefly dated. He threw her body in a commercial
trash bin. Davis was convicted in 1995 and executed on July 10,
(http://tinyurl.com/nmk27y7)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.A14)
1995 Mar 3, President Clinton
held a news conference in which he asserted his administration had
built a safer world and stronger economy while Republicans were
trying to cut money for the needy to give tax breaks to the rich.
1995 Mar 3, The dollar plunged
to a new low against the Japanese yen. In response the Fed and US
Treasury bought more yen and were joined by 13 central banks.
American and Japan intervened in 1995 to halt the dollar’s slide
against the yen. The dollar stabilized.
(AP, 3/3/00)(Econ, 3/29/08, p.100)
1995 Mar 3, Howard Hunter (87),
US leader of Mormon Church (1994-95), died.
1995 Mar 3, Camilla Parker
Bowles and her husband Andrew divorced.
1995 Mar 3, In Georgia Glenn
Turner (31) was discovered dead in bed by his wife. A Cobb medical
examiner ruled that he died from an irregular heartbeat. Lynn Turner
murdered her police officer husband, Glenn Turner, to get his life
insurance money. In 2001 she killed her boyfriend, Randy Thompson,
by poisoning him with antifreeze. In 2007 Turner (38), convicted in
2004 for her husband’s death, was convicted again for the Thompson’s
murder. Turner (42) died in prison on Aug 30, 2010.
3/25/07, p.A3)(SFC, 8/31/10, p.A7)
1995 Mar 3, A car bomb exploded
at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, and 10 people were killed.
1996 Mar 3, The 26th Easter
Seal Telethon was held.
1996 Mar 3, Israel declared
all-out war on the militant group Hamas after a bus bomb in
Jerusalem killed 19 people, including the bomber, the third such
suicide attack in eight days.
(WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-1)(AP,
1996 Mar 3, Marguerite Duras,
French writer, died at age 81 in Paris. She was very prolific and
was best known for her novel “The Lover." In 2008 her Wartime
Writings: 1943-1949," translated by Linda Coverdale, was published.
(WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-1)(SSFC, 3/30/08, Books p.1)
1997 Mar 3, Vice President Al
Gore, under fire for his aggressive role in campaign fund raising,
acknowledged he'd solicited donations from his White House office
but insisted he did not do "anything wrong, much less illegal." But
he said he would never do it again.
1997 Mar 3, It was announced
that scientists had discovered why some people get fat, while others
do not. They identified a gene that produces the UCP2 protein which
tends to convert fat to energy rather than leaving it stored as fat.
(SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A3)
1997 Mar 3, It was reported
that the US FCC was prepared to set aside a portion of the airwaves
for national transmission of CD-quality sound, digital audio radio.
It was thought that it might lead to the first form of pay radio.
(SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A6)
1997 Mar 3, Marine
archaeologists announced the discovery of Blackbeard's
flagship--Queen Anne’s Revenge. Reportedly born Edward Drummond in
Bristol, England, around 1680, he later changed his name to Thatch
or Teach and became a privateer--in essence a licensed pirate.
1997 Mar 3, In Brazil a hidden
camera revealed severe police brutality over three nights at the
intersection of Naval and Jose Francisco Braz streets in Sao Paulo.
The videotape showed 15 people abused by the police and one man shot
dead in a car as it pulled away by officer Octavio Lorenco Gambra,
(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A10)
1997 Mar 3, In Pakistan a train
derailed in eastern Punjab just outside Khaniwal and at least 136
people were killed and 450 injured.
(SFC, 3/4/97, p.A9)
1997 Mar 3, In Rwanda dozens of
bodies were found in Ruhengeri, the day after unidentified men
killed three people including a tax collector. The UN accused
Rwandan troops of killing at least 137 villagers in reprisal for the
slaying of the official.
(SFC, 5/2/97, p.A17)
1998 Mar 3, Presidential
confidant Vernon Jordan testified before the grand jury
investigating the Monica Lewinsky matter.
1998 Mar 3, It was reported
that the US had slashed aid to fight drugs in Bolivia by 75% or some
$34 million. Aid in 1997 was $46 million. The allocation was partly
shifted to Columbia.
(SFC, 3/3/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 3, Microsoft chairman
Bill Gates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that his
company wasn't a monopoly out to crush rivals in the Internet
1998 Mar 3, The Supreme Court
ruled that local lawmakers' votes are immune to lawsuits even if
they had been based on illegal or discriminatory motives.
1998 Mar 3, Larry Doby (d.2003
at 79), the first black player in the American League (1947), was
elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
(AP, 3/3/99)(WSJ, 6/20/03, p.A1)
1998 Mar 3, Former CBS News
president Fred W. Friendly died in New York at age 82.
1998 Mar 3, Dr. Hans J.
Muller-Eberhard, one of the first scientists to explain the
importance of the complement system, died in Houston. He showed that
front line attack of the immune system was a complex of about 20
separate protein molecules that together attacked cells through a
series of reactions referred to as a cascade.
(SFC, 3/8/98, p.C5)
1998 Mar 3, In Germany over
130,000 public sector workers stopped work. The 2nd walkout in 2
days was for a 4.5% increase in pay.
(SFC, 3/4/98, p.C4)
1998 Mar 3, In India the BJP
with regional allies emerged as the largest grouping from the
general election. It was still 20 seats short of a governing
majority in the 543-seat parliament.
(FT, 3/4/98, p.1)
1998 Mar 3, In Mexico Senator
Layda Sansores discovered a government spy center in Campeche. 22
similar operations throughout the country were indicated by the
(SFC, 4/13/98, p.A11)
1998 Mar 3, In Northern Ireland
Damien Trainor (25) and Phillip Allen (34) were shot and killed by
sectarian gunmen in the Railway Bar in Poyntzpass. Three others were
(SFC, 3/5/98, p.A12)
1998 Mar 3, In Kosovo, Serbia,
a mass funeral of 30,000 was held for 24 ethnic Albanians killed Feb
(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A8)
1998 Mar 3, In Zimbabwe a
strike over soaring taxes and food prices left 80% of the nation’s
workers at home.
(SFC, 3/4/98, p.C4)
1999 Mar 3, Monica Lewinsky, in
an ABC interview, the 20/20 TV show, timed to coincide with the
publication of her book, recounted for Barbara Walters some of the
fondest, as well as most painful, aspects of her relationship with
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/3/00)
1999 Mar 3, The Supreme Court
ruled that public schools had to finance one-on-one nursing care for
some disabled students throughout the school day.
1999 Mar 3, The New England
Forestry Foundation announced a conservation deal that banned
development on over 754,673 acres of prime Maine woods owned by the
Pingree family. Gov. Angus King said the $28 million agreement would
allow managed logging while preserving the wilderness character of
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 3, In Arizona Walter
LaGrand (37), a German citizen, was executed with cyanide gas for
the 1982 murder of a bank manager. Germany later filed a complaint
with the World Court for human rights violations because neither he
nor his brother were not informed of their right to assistance from
the German consulate.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)(USAT, 9/17/99, p.13A)
1999 Mar 3, In Ecuador the
sucre fell 14% and the Banco del Occidente closed due to liquidity
(WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A9)
1999 Mar 3, In Japan the short
term interest rate fell to .02% as the central bank flooded the
interbank market with cash.
(WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A9)
1999 Mar 3, In Kosovo the KLA
reverted to its earlier guerrilla tactics and killed 2 Serbians.
(SFC, 3/5/99, p.D3)
1999 Mar 3, In Nigeria 8-14
people were killed in post-election violence.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.C4)
1999 Mar 3, From South Africa
it was reported that 3.6 million people, one in eight adults, were
carrying the AIDS virus by the end of 1998. This compared with 2.7
million in 1997.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.C5)(SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 3, Turkey called US
raids on Iraq that cut off oil flow to Turkey unacceptable. The US
planes were based in Turkey.
(WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 3, The Ugandan army
killed 15 of the Rwanda Hutu rebels who butchered 8 foreign tourists
Mar 1. Another 100 rebels escaped into the bush in side the Republic
of the Congo.
(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A12)
2000 Mar 3, In South Carolina
Bob Jones University, a fundamentalist Christian college, said it
was lifting its ban on interracial dating. University president Bob
Jones the Third made the announcement on CNN’s “Larry King Live."
(SFC, 3/4/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/3/01)
2000 Mar 3, Kevin Uliassi
landed in Burma on the 10th day of his attempt to circle the globe
as a solo balloonist.
(SFC, 3/4/00, p.A2)
2000 Mar 3, In Burundi the
authorities under int'l. pressure began dismantling 6 of nearly 60
camps holding hundreds of thousands of Hutu civilians.
(SFC, 3/4/00, p.C1)
2000 Mar 3, Gen. Pinochet was
flown home to Chile after being released from Britain on medical
grounds, 16 months after he was detained in Britain on torture
(WSJ, 3/3/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/3/01)
2000 Mar 3, In Madagascar an
estimated 600,000 people were affected by flooding from tropical
storm Gloria and at least 55 people were reported killed.
(SFC, 3/4/00, p.A12)
2000 Mar 3, In Senegal Pres.
Abdou Diouf failed to get over 50% of the ballots and a runoff was
scheduled with rival Abdoulaye Wade later in the month.
(SFC, 3/4/00, p.C1)
2001 Mar 3, John Ruiz became
the first Hispanic WBA heavyweight champion by defeating Evander
Holyfield in a unanimous 12-round decision.
2001 Mar 3, A US National Guard
C-23 Sherpa plane carrying members of an engineering crew crashed in
Georgia and 21 people were killed.
SSFC, 3/4/01, p.A5)(AP, 3/3/02)
2001 Mar 3, In Argentina Pres.
Fernando De la Rua asked his entire cabinet to submit their
resignations a day after Economy Minister Jose Luis Machinea
submitted his resignation.
(SSFC, 3/4/01, p.A27)
2001 Mar 3, The foot-and-mouth
scare made its way from Britain to mainland Europe with the
discovery of blisters on the snouts of three pigs in northern
Belgium, sparking drastic measures.
2002 Mar 3, US military forces
and 6 allied nations made air and ground assaults against al Qaeda
and Taliban fighters in the Afghan Shah-e-Kot mountains of eastern
(SFC, 3/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 3, Harlan Howard (74),
song writer, died. His hits included “Heartaches by the Number" and
“I Fall to Pieces," made famous by Patsy Cline.
(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A18)
2002 Mar 3, A 7.2 earthquake
was centered in northeast Afghanistan and at least 100 people were
(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 3, In Ahmadabad,
India, the death toll from Hindu-Muslim violence climbed to 538 as
Hindu mobs continued attacks on Muslims.
(SFC, 3/4/02, p.A8)
2002 Mar 3, Israel used jets
and helicopters to strike Palestinian targets. 4 Palestinians were
(SFC, 3/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 3, In Kenya the
Taliban gang (Kikuyu) killed 2 members of the Mungiki gang (Luo).
The violence in east Nairobi left at least 20 people dead.
(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 3, Syria’s Pres. Assad
officially visited Lebanon for the 1st time in 27 years and met with
Lebanon’s Pres. Emile Lahoud.
(SFC, 3/4/02, p.A5)
2002 Mar 3, Switzerland voted
in a referendum to join the UN, the 190th member, abandoning almost
200 years of formal neutrality.
(SFC, 3/4/02, p.A2)(Econ, 2/14/04, Survey
2002 Mar 3, In Vietnam a 3-day
US-Vietnamese conference on Agent Orange began. High dioxin levels
were found in people 30 years after spraying ended.
(SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A11)
2003 Mar 3, President Bush
offered a rough blueprint for adding drug benefits to Medicare.
2003 Mar 3, Malcolm Kilduff
(75), the White House spokesman who announced to a shocked world the
death of President Kennedy, died in Beattyville, Ky.
2003 Mar 3, Israeli
troops raided a Gaza refugee camp and arrested Hamas co-founder
Mohammed Taha. He founded Hamas in 1987, along with the group's
spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, and three other senior
clerics. Israel released him 14 months later. 8 Palestinians, among
them a pregnant woman, were killed in clashes in the camp.
(AP, 3/3/03)(AP, 3/3/08)
2003 Mar 3, In Kenya US
diplomats opened a new embassy in Nairobi, replacing the one
destroyed 4 ½ years ago when terrorists launched attacks.
2003 Mar 3, A Special Court for
Sierra Leone indicted Liberian Pres. Charles Taylor on charges
including murder, rape, sexual slavery, conscripting child soldiers
and terrorizing civilians for his support of rebels during Sierra
Leone civil war. The Indictment was unsealed on June 4, 2003, during
Taylor's first overseas trip since his indictment.
2003 Mar 3, Lawmakers
from Serbia and Montenegro inaugurated their new parliament,
formally replacing Yugoslavia with the new state.
2003 Mar 3, In Tanzania
a new U.S. Embassy opened in Dar Es Salaam, replacing the one
destroyed 4 ½ years ago when terrorists launched attacks.
2003 Mar 3, In
northern Uganda a military firing squad executed 3 soldiers who had
been convicted of murdering civilians.
2004 Mar 3, In Portland, Ore.,
hundreds of gay couples applied for marriage licenses following an
overnight policy change by county commissioners.
(SFC, 3/04/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 3, The Walt Disney
Company's board voted to strip Michael Eisner of his chairman's post
while retaining him as CEO.
2004 Mar 3, Royal Dutch/Shell
announced the resignations of CEO Sir Philip Watts and Walter van de
Vijver, head of exploration and production.
(WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A12)
2004 Mar 3, Harvard reported
that it used private funds to create 17 new stem-cell lines from
discarded fertility clinic embryos.
(WSJ, 3/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 3, Ethiopia was
reported to have begun relocating hundreds of thousands of people
from drought-prone areas to fertile lands to alleviate food
shortages. Relocation began in May 2003 and many of the resettled
people continued to face hunger, diarrhea and malaria.
(AP, 3/3/04)(SFC, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 3, French authorities
said a previously unknown terror group is threatening to blow up
French railway tracks unless it is paid millions of dollars.
2004 Mar 3, Guatemala's
Congress fired Oscar Dubon, the government's chief accountant, after
he fled the country amid allegations of political corruption.
2004 Mar 3, Haitian looters
found rotting stacks of cash, estimated at $350,000, stashed in a
tunnel beneath former Pres. Aristide's mansion.
(WSJ, 3/4/04, p.A14)
2004 Mar 3, In Petit Goave,
Haiti, an armed posse tracked down Ti Roro. They beat him with
sticks, took him to the morgue to identify his alleged victims,
ringed him with gasoline-soaked tires and burned him alive. As he
was burning, he admitted to all of the 15 people he killed in the
2004 Mar 3, In India's
Jammu-Kashmir state a suspected militant with explosives on his body
grabbed a guard's rifle and opened fire in a jail courtyard, setting
off a shootout that killed six people as well as himself.
2004 Mar 3, Israeli helicopters
fired two missiles at a car carrying Hamas militants on a road
through the Gaza Strip, killing three people.
2004 Mar 3, Malaysia's new PM
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called a snap national election that will pit
the long-ruling secular coalition government against a
fundamentalist Islamic opposition.
2004 Mar 3, In eastern Nepal
leftist rebels attacked a telecommunications tower in mountains,
killing at least 29 soldiers and leaving 10 others missing.
2004 Mar 3, Pakistani
authorities detained at least 15 tribal leaders in a remote border
region near Afghanistan for failing to turn over suspected al-Qaeda
2004 Mar 3, In Yemen security
forces arrested Abdul Raouf Naseeb, a leading al-Qaeda member, along
with other militants in the southern mountains.
2005 Mar 3, President Bush
visited CIA headquarters, where he promised agency employees they
would retain an “incredibly vital" role in safeguarding the nation’s
security despite the creation of a new post of national director of
2005 Mar 3, Millionaire
adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly around the
world alone without stopping or refueling, touching down in central
Kansas after a 67-hour, 23-thousand-mile journey.
2005 Mar 3, Traders pushed the
wholesale price of gasoline to a record high.
(SFC, 3/4/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 3, AOL launched a new
beta version of its web browser Netscape 8.0.
(WSJ, 3/3/05, p.B1)
2005 Mar 3, A UN report on AIDS
in Africa said 80 million may be dead by 2025 with over 10% of the
(WSJ, 3/4/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 3, An Arab League
meeting opened in Cairo. An Arab diplomat said Syria has told Arab
countries it needs to keep 3,000 troops and early-warning stations
inside Lebanon to maintain its security despite international
pressure for a full withdrawal. Saudi Arabia told Syria to withdraw
(AP, 3/3/05)(SFC, 3/4/05, p.A3)
2005 Mar 3, In western Canada 4
Mounties were killed while they were investigating an illegal
marijuana farm. Suspect James Roszko (46) killed himself after
shooting the officers.
2005 Mar 3, The seven Central
American nations (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) agreed to create a rapid-response
force to combat drug trafficking, terrorism and other regional
2005 Mar 3, In France a trial
got under way in which 66 people were accused of participating in a
2005 Mar 3, In Indonesia the
alleged leader of a militant Islamic group was sentenced to 2 1/2
years in prison for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings
that killed 202 people but was cleared of more serious charges.
2005 Mar 3, In Iraq car bombs
killed six policemen and wounded 15 in new attacks on security
services as political factions wrangled over putting together a
2005 Mar 3, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi issued a call for economic liberalization in the
North African state.
2005 Mar 3, In Nigeria
thousands of rioters wielding sticks and broken bottles burned down
a police station in Makurdi, protesting the police killing of a bus
driver who apparently refused to pay a bribe equivalent to 14 cents.
2005 Mar 3, Pakistani tribal
militants, demanding greater political and economic rights, blew up
a railway line to Iran in the third attack on the track in recent
2005 Mar 3, Men in eastern and
southern Saudi Arabia turned out in the thousands to vote in
municipal elections. They expect to provide their first say in
decision-making in this absolute monarchy.
2006 Mar 3, President Bush
arrived in Pakistan to meet with top officials, including President
Pervez Musharraf, to discuss the war on terror. Thousands rallied
across Pakistan against cartoons of Prophet Muhammad and a planned
visit by President Bush as radical Islamic groups called a strike
that shut shops and businesses in several major cities.
(AP, 3/3/06)(AP, 3/3/07)
2006 Mar 3, The Pentagon
released the names and home countries of many detainees who have
been held at the isolated military prison for up to four years. A
Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Associated Press
forced the Department of Defense afternoon to turn over some 5,000
pages of transcripts from closed-door hearings on the detainees.
2006 Mar 3, US army Gen. George
Casey said the US military would continue paying Iraqi newspapers to
publish stories favorable to the US after an inquiry found no fault
with the practice. The practice would be illegal in the US.
(SFC, 3/4/06, p.A3)
2006 Mar 3, Former US
Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (64), who pleaded guilty last
year to taking $2.4 million in bribes, was sentenced by a federal
judge in San Diego, Ca., to eight years and four months in prison.
2006 Mar 3, Research In Motion,
the Canadian maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, agreed
to pay $612.5 million to NTP, a small Virginia intellectual
properties firm, to settle all claims in a 4-year patent dispute.
(SFC, 3/4/06, p.C1)(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 3, Officials in
southern California said archaeologists, excavating a housing
development site, had found a prehistoric milling area at the base
of the Angeles National Forest estimated to be 8,000 years old.
Workers removed and catalogued about 100 tools and implements used
by the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe. Azusa Land Partners is developing
1,250 homes on the 520-acre site.
2006 Mar 3, In Austria talks
between EU negotiators and Iran over its nuclear ambitions broke up
without any agreement, paving the way for potential UN Security
Council action against Tehran as early as next week.
2006 Mar 3, In Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, 10 assault rifles and a pistol were stolen from a barracks
by seven gunmen wearing army-issued camouflage gear and ninja masks.
The gunmen overpowered three guards, stole the weapons from a small
depot and sped away in at least two cars waiting outside the
2006 Mar 3, Detectives
investigating Britain's largest robbery discovered several million
pounds in cash at a warehouse in southeast London.
2006 Mar 3, A US trade envoy
said China is failing to do enough to prevent growing product piracy
and could be forced to answer formal complaints over it in the World
Trade Organization if it doesn't take more aggressive action.
2006 Mar 3, In Ecuador a judge
released former President Lucio Gutierrez from prison, ruling he
broke no law by accusing his successor of conspiring to oust him
2006 Mar 3, Egypt arrested
Rashad Bayyumi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, along with 7 members of
Egypt's main opposition group. Bayyumi sits on the Brotherhood's
13-member Guidance Bureau. 3 more members were arrested the next
2006 Mar 3, Scientists reported
the discovery of a 19-mile wide crater in Egypt’s Sahara desert. The
newfound crater, named Kebira, was likely carved by a space rock
that was itself roughly 0.75 miles wide in an event that would have
been quite a shock, destroying everything for hundreds of miles. It
was discovered in satellite images by Boston University researchers
Farouk El-Baz and Eman Ghoneim.
2006 Mar 3, The UN Security
Council called on Eritrea to lift a ban on UN helicopter flights in
its airspace, saying it imposes an "unacceptable restriction" that
endangers the safety of United Nations staff in the country.
2006 Mar 3, Anger against U.S.
President George W. Bush swept through parts of India as protesters
burned his effigy and carried posters of Osama bin Laden, and
rioting demonstrators clashed with Hindus in a northern city,
leaving at least one dead.
2006 Mar 3, Iran offered to
suspend full-scale uranium enrichment for up to two years during
discussion in Moscow. The proposal reflected Tehran's attempts to
escape UN Security Council action over the activity, which can be
used to make nuclear arms.
2006 Mar 3, Iraqi security
forces in bulletproof vests took to the streets in the bloodied
capital to enforce a daytime ban on private vehicles in an effort to
blunt a surge of sectarian violence that has pushed Iraq to the edge
of civil war. Insurgents attacks near Baghdad killed 19 people.
(AP, 3/3/06)(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 3, It was reported
that Save the Children USA, a Connecticut-based humanitarian
organization, will withdraw from Iraq due to deteriorating security
(SFC, 3/3/06, p.A3)
2006 Mar 3, An Israeli couple
set off a series of firecrackers in the Basilica of the Annunciation
in Nazareth. The church was built on the site where Christians
believe the Angel Gabriel appeared before the Virgin Mary and
foretold the birth of Jesus.
(AP, 3/4/06)(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 3, Israeli troops shot
and killed a Palestinian teenager and wounded a second person during
an early morning raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.
2006 Mar 3-2006 Mar 5, Wooden
canoes, carrying West Africans seeking a better life in Europe,
foundered off the coast of Mauritania over 3 days leaving at least
45 people dead.
(SFC, 3/7/06, p.A3)(Reuters, 3/7/06)
2006 Mar 3, Khaled Mashaal,
Hamas' political leader, rejected any discussion about the militant
group's refusal to recognize Israel, dealing a setback to Moscow's
efforts to persuade it to soften its stance.
2006 Mar 3, In the Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lifted a week-old state of
emergency, justifying the controversial decree by claiming a coup
plot had been "a clear and present danger." Isabela City Mayor Luis
Biel II was shot and killed outside his office. Bodyguards killed
2006 Mar 3, South Korea
rejected North Korea's demand that the countries redraw their
western sea border, ending two days of high-level military talks
2006 Mar 3, An EU executive
said Sweden's first case of mad cow disease has been confirmed by
the European Union's central laboratory.
2006 Mar 3, Zimbabwe’s minister
of mines announced that 51% of all foreign mining shareholdings
would have to be transferred to the government.
(Econ, 3/18/06, p.64)
2007 Mar 3, In San Jose, Ca.,
members of the De Anza College baseball team gang-raped a girl at a
house party. Members of the women’s soccer team rescued Jessica
Gonzalez (17). In 2011 prosecutors said no criminal charges would be
filed because the DA’s office could not prove that a crime occurred.
(SFC, 10/15/11, p.C1)
2007 Mar 3, In Oklahoma
Cherokee Nation members voted to revoke the tribal citizenship of an
estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as
2007 Mar 3, Warren Alpert
(b.1920), philanthropist, died in NYC. In 1950 he formed Warren
Equities Inc., which became one of the largest independent gasoline
and convenience store marketers and one of the leading independent
wholesale petroleum marketers in the Northeast. In 1986 Alpert
founded the Warren Alpert Foundation, a philanthropic effort devoted
to supporting medical research and health care. On Jan 29 it was
announced that he had donated $100 million to Rhode Island’s Brown
(WSJ, 3/5/07, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/25gd5v)
2007 Mar 3, A bomb blast in
western Afghanistan killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 17
others. In southern Afghanistan 2 British soldiers were killed
during a NATO combat operation.
(AP, 3/3/07)(AFP, 3/4/07)
2007 Mar 3, In Algeria 4
workers from Russia and Ukraine and three Algerians were killed in a
bomb attack on a bus near the town of Ain Defla, south of the
2007 Mar 3, In Brazil gunmen
killed five people in Rio de Janeiro's poor outskirts in an attack
blamed on rival drug gangs.
2007 Mar 3, Britain sent a
crisis team to Ethiopia in an effort to obtain the release of five
British embassy workers or their relatives who were kidnapped along
with a group of French while on a trip to remote northeastern
Ethiopia. An Ethiopian administrator accused Eritrean forces of
kidnapping a group of five Europeans and 13 Ethiopians in a remote
part of Ethiopia, and taking them to a military camp near the
Eritrean border. Several Ethiopians who were kidnapped along with
five Britons touring the African country's remote northeast were
(AP, 3/3/07)(Reuters, 3/3/07)(AP, 3/4/07)
2007 Mar 3, CAR rebel and
government military sources said rebels in the Central African
Republic have attacked the northeastern town of Birao, which they
had occupied for a month in November.
2007 Mar 3, In Colombia 4
police officers and a civilian were killed as officers moved a
powerful bomb allegedly planted by leftist rebels as part of an
attempt to kill a city mayor.
2007 Mar 3, In eastern
Indonesian a bomb packed with nails exploded at a port in the city
of Ambon, wounding 12 people. Landslides triggered by days of heavy
rain killed at least 40 people in eastern Indonesia, and nearly 30
more were believed to be buried under the mud.
2007 Mar 3, Gunmen stormed the
home of a Sunni family threatened with death for meeting with local
Shiites, separating out the women and children and executing six
men. American warplanes bombed an area near Taji, on Baghdad's
northern outskirts, killing "key terrorists" who were using
anti-aircraft artillery to fire at military helicopters. In a
separate raid in the Taji area, nine suspected insurgents were
captured, including two believed to be responsible for recruiting
and helping foreign militants join the insurgency in Baghdad. At
least 7 other people wee killed in shootings and roadside bombs.
2007 Mar 3, In central Japan an
annual hunt for as many as 20,000 dolphins drew to a close. Herded
since October the youngest and most attractive dolphins were put up
for sale to theme parks for as much as $100,000.
(SFC, 3/3/07, p.B6)
2007 Mar 3, In Kuwait a
criminal court acquitted two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners of
joining al-Qaida or the Taliban.
2007 Mar 3, In southern Mexico
gunmen killed two members of Mexico's former ruling party in the
mountain city of Tlapa in Guerrero state.
2007 Mar 3, In northern Morocco
a bus skidded off a treacherous mountain road, killing nine people
and injuring 45 others.
2007 Mar 3, Officials said
Mozambican marines rescued more than 1,700 people, including 900
children, from flooding in central Mozambique.
2007 Mar 3, Pakistan
successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of carrying a
2007 Mar 3, Pope Benedict named
Kazimierz Nycz, a bishop with a spotless record, as archbishop of
Warsaw to replace a prelate who resigned in disgrace after admitting
he spied for the communist police.
2007 Mar 3, Russian police
violently broke up an unauthorized opposition rally in St.
Petersburg, clubbing dozens of activists before dragging them into
2007 Mar 3, Saudi Arabia's king
personally welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his
arrival, a rapprochement many hope will help calm sectarian tensions
threatening the Middle East. The leaders pledged to fight the spread
of sectarian strife in the Middle East, which they said was the
biggest danger facing the region.
(AP, 3/3/07)(AP, 3/4/07)
2007 Mar 3, A Yemen official
said a hundred jailed Muslim extremists, including some who
allegedly fought for al-Qaida in Iraq, had been released. Some had
completed serving their sentences, while some of the others were
acquitted for lack of evidence.
2008 Mar 3, The US and EU filed
a WTO case against China demanding that it loosen restraints on
foreign companies vying for a greater slice of the country's
lucrative market for financial information.
2008 Mar 3, In West Palm Beach,
Florida, Alburn Edward Blake (60) opened fire inside a Wendy’s
restaurant killing a paramedic and wounding 5 others before killing
(SFC, 3/4/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 3, In Memphis,
Tennessee, police found 6 bodies, including 2 men, 2 women and 2
boys, and 3 seriously wounded children, aged 1-12, in the
Binghampton neighborhood. Jessie L. Dotson (33), the brother of one
of the dead men and a convicted killer recently released from
prison, was arrested March 7. In 2010 Dotson was convicted for the 6
murders and faced the death penalty.
(SFC, 3/5/08, p.A5)(AP, 3/9/08)(SFC, 10/12/10,
2008 Mar 3, In Washington state
3 new expensive homes went up in flames in the Seattle suburb of
Woodinville. A spray painted sign was marked ELF, the initials of
the Earth Liberation Front. 2 other homes had minor fire or smoke
(SFC, 3/4/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 3, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked a government building
protected by NATO and Afghan troops. 2 NATO troops and two civilians
died in the blast.
(AP, 3/3/08)(AP, 3/4/08)
2008 Mar 3, Colin Norris (32),
convicted of killing four elderly patients in northern England with
insulin overdoses, was sentenced to life in prison. must serve at
least 30 years before being eligible for parole. Norris was arrested
in December 2002 but not charged until 2005.
2008 Mar 3, The film "Away from
Her" was the big winner at Canada's Genie Awards, winning seven
statuettes, including best picture, best actor, best actress and
best director for first-time filmmaker Sarah Polley.
2008 Mar 3, Cambodia passed
legislation on the “Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual
Exploitation" to comply with the United States policy on human
2008 Mar 3, Ecuador's president
said that his government was in "very advanced" talks with Colombian
rebels to free 12 hostages, including former presidential candidate
Ingrid Betancourt and three US contractors, but was thwarted by
Colombia’s military raid. Venezuela and Ecuador expelled Colombia’s
diplomats and cracked down on trade across the border.
2008 Mar 3, Egyptian security
forces detained at least 36 members of the Muslim Brotherhood,
Egypt's strongest opposition group, including some likely candidates
in local elections next month. The men were accused of belonging to
a banned group, possessing anti-government literature and organizing
unauthorized meetings. Egypt has arrested more than 230 members of
the Islamist group since mid-February, taking the total number in
detention to well over 550.
2008 Mar 3, Parvin Ardalan
(36), an Iranian women's rights activist, was to receive the 2007
Olof Palme award in Stockholm, Sweden, but was told just before her
flight that she was not allowed to leave the country.
2008 Mar 3, The UN Security
Council imposed another round of sanctions on Iran for refusing to
suspend uranium enrichment. Iran defiantly vowed to continue its
nuclear program, which it insists is aimed only at generating power.
2008 Mar 3, In Iraq Pres.
Talabani and Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad signed 7 memorandums of
understanding on issues including industrial development, trade and
customs. At least 23 people were killed and dozens were wounded when
two suicide car bombs exploded in different parts of Baghdad. 3
police officers were killed by a parked car bomb in the town of
Shikaat, north of Baghdad.
2008 Mar 3, Israeli ground
troops pulled out of northern Gaza before daybreak, following the
first extended sweep in an offensive against Palestinian rocket
squads that has left more than 100 dead and led the Palestinian
president to call off peace talks.
2008 Mar 3, In western Kenya
dozens of people with assault rifles and machetes stormed a village,
killing at least 13 people, including six children. Some were burned
alive in their homes. National Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said
the attack in Embakasi village was over land, not the country's
disputed Dec. 27 presidential election.
2008 Mar 3, In Myanmar 5 people
were killed in execution-style shootings in the wealthy Yangon
neighborhood where democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is under house
2008 Mar 3, A UN helicopter
crashed while flying in bad weather in Nepal's mountainous east,
killing at least 10 people.
2008 Mar 3, A Red Cross
official said more than 900 people have been stricken with typhoid
in a city just south of the Philippine capital Manila. The disease
was spread out in 18 villages.
2008 Mar 3, Russia quelled
protests in Moscow following the elections and reduced natural gas
supplies to Ukraine over $600 million in alleged nonpayments for
(WSJ, 3/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 3, Saudi police
arrested 28 suspected militants accused of trying to rebuild
al-Qaida’s terror network in the kingdom.
(WSJ, 3/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 3, The US launched an
airstrike on a Somali town held by Islamic extremists to go after a
group of terrorist suspects. Three missiles hit Dobley, a town four
miles from the Kenyan border, destroying a home and seriously
injured eight people.
2008 Mar 3, In Sri Lanka 14
rebels were killed in ongoing clashes with government forces.
2008 Mar 3, The Sri Lankan navy
said it rescued 71 Burmese Bangladeshi citizens aboard a vessel that
had drifted for 12 days in the Indian Ocean. 20 others had died from
lack of food and water.
(SFC, 3/4/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 3, The UN in Sudan
accused a rebel group of blocking access to a mountainous area in
Darfur where 20,000 people are trapped after fighting between
government and rebels.
2008 Mar 3, Tens of thousands
of Syrians filled the central square of the capital to protest an
Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip that has left scores of
2009 Mar 3, US President Barack
Obama and British PM Gordon Brown held their first White House
talks. They discussed the coordination of worldwide actions to
(AFP, 3/3/09)(SFC, 3/4/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 3, The IMF said 22 of
the world’s poorest nations may need a total of $25 billion in
additional funding this year.
(WSJ, 3/4/09, p.A10)
2009 Mar 3, In southern
Afghanistan 3 Canadian soldiers were killed and two wounded in a
bomb blast in Arghandab, northwest of Kandahar.
2009 Mar 3, Bangladeshi police
arrested Syed Tauhidul Alam, the suspected ringleader of a deadly
border guard mutiny that killed 74 people, during a raid in a slum
in Dhaka. 4 other border guards were also arrested.
(AP, 3/3/09)(SFC, 3/4/09, p.A4)(Econ, 3/7/09,
2009 Mar 3, Canadian banks cut
their prime lending rates after the Bank of Canada, the country's
central bank, cut its key interest rate by a half-point to a record
low of 0.5 percent.
2009 Mar 3, In southern
Ethiopia a cattle-herding tribe crowned Guyyoo Gobbaa (36) as their
new king in a secret ceremony considered so sacred that the Borena
people believe it has the power to kill unauthorized observers.
2009 Mar 3, In Germany the
building that houses the Cologne city archives collapsed. 3 people
were feared missing in other damaged buildings nearby.
2009 Mar 3, Guatemala’s
President Alvaro Colom announced that a new government commission
will organize and declassify military documents that could shed
light on torture, disappearances and other atrocities during
Guatemala's 36-year civil war. Inmates at a Guatemalan juvenile
prison killed Winter Vidaurre, one of their teachers, during a riot.
They removed his heart before police regained control of the prison
using tear gas. The prisoners had taken three of their teachers
hostage to protest the transfer of several of their fellow inmates
to another detention center.
2009 Mar 3, Lawmakers in
Guinea-Bissau voted to uphold the constitution by which parliament
speaker Raimundo Pereira succeeds as interim president, following
the assassination of the head of state. Pereira took the oath of
(AFP, 3/3/09)(SFC, 3/4/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 3, An official said 4
Indonesians have died of bird flu over the last 2 months, bringing
the death toll in the country over the past several years to 119.
2009 Mar 3, In Iraq the body of
Munther Mohammed Shaheen, the son of a newspaper editor, was found
in Kirkuk. One American soldier was killed in Mosul as insurgents
attacked an US-Iraqi base there.
(AP, 3/4/09)(SFC, 3/4/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 3, In Kyrgyzstan
Syrgak Abdyldayev, a journalist with the Reporter-Bishkek weekly,
was stabbed repeatedly by four assailants after leaving his office.
Opposition parties described the attack as an attempt to stamp out
freedom of expression.
2009 Mar 3, In Mexico hundreds
of heavily armed soldiers fanned out across Ciudad Juarez, trying to
prevent a collapse in law and order just south of the US border.
Joggers found the decapitated bodies of 3 men near a bullfighting
ring in the border city of Tijuana. The heads were found nearby with
a message calling the men "snitches." One of the dead included Jorge
Norman Harrison (38), an American who had been convicted for drug
trafficking in the US. A fourth body, whose head was wrapped in
masking tape, was found in a creek.
(Reuters, 3/3/09)(AP, 3/3/09)(AP, 3/7/09)
2009 Mar 3, In Pakistan at
least a dozen men ambushed Sri Lanka's cricket team with rifles,
grenades and rocket launchers as they drove to the stadium ahead of
a match in Lahore, killing 6 policemen and a driver. The attackers
melted away into the city. None were killed or captured.
2009 Mar 3, Igor Panarin, dean
at the Russian Foreign Ministry's school for future diplomats and a
regular on Russia's state-guided TV channels, told dozens of
students, professors and diplomats that: "There is a high
probability that the collapse of the US will occur by 2010." He also
said the US will break up into six autonomous regions and Alaska
will revert to Russian control.
2009 Mar 3, In Saudi Arabia
Khamisa Sawadi, a 75-year-old widow, was sentenced to 40 lashes and
four months in jail for mingling with two young men who are not
close relatives. The case drew new criticism for the kingdom's
ultraconservative religious police and judiciary.
2009 Mar 3, Sudanese President
Omar al-Beshir inaugurated a massive hydro-electric project that has
displaced tens of thousands and is the largest to be built along the
Nile in 40 years.
2009 Mar 3, In Zimbabwe’s
parliament former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in.
A judge ordered the release on bail of senior opposition lawmaker
Roy Bennett after nearly three weeks in prison on weapons charges.
2010 Mar 3, NYC Rep. Charles
Rangel (b.1930), announced he will temporarily step down as chairman
of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, saying he didn't
want his ethics controversy to jeopardize election prospects for
2010 Mar 3, Wyoming Gov. Dave
Freudenthal signed legislation adopting an official Wyoming state
code. Its “cowboy ethics" admonishments to residents included such
phrases as: “ to live courageously, take pride in work, and to keep
(SFC, 3/4/10, p.A8)
2010 Mar 3, Arab nations gave
the green light for Palestinians to enter indirect negotiations with
Israel for a preliminary four-month period, a decision likely to
break the months-long deadlock over resuming Mideast peace talks.
2010 Mar 3, A British judge
ordered former Bosnian Vice President Ejup Ganic held in custody
despite a request to release him while he challenges a Serbian
demand that he be extradited for alleged war crimes. Ganic was
arrested March 1 at Heathrow Airport after Serbia issued an arrest
warrant accusing him of war crimes in connection with the 1992
deaths of Serbian troops in Bosnia.
2010 Mar 3, Michael Foot
(b.1913), British left-wing politician, died. He led the Labour
party long before its media-friendly transformation under Tony
Blair. He became Labour leader from 1980 to 1983, advocating
left-wing policies like nuclear disarmament which led one colleague
to call his 1983 election manifesto "the longest suicide note in
2010 Mar 3, In Germany
Christoph Schmidt-Rose, mayor of Niederzimmern, told local radio
station MDR that people can buy a hole in the town for 50 euros (68
dollars). In return the authorities will repair it.
2010 Mar 3, Greece announced
painful new austerity measures worth euro4.8 billion ($6.5 billion)
to deal with a financial crisis that has hammered the euro and
unsettled financial markets.
2010 Mar 3, In Iraq a string of
three deadly suicide bombings killed 30 people in the former
insurgent stronghold of Baqouba, including a blast from a suicide
bomber who rode in an ambulance with the wounded before blowing
himself up at a hospital.
2010 Mar 3, Italian police
arrested seven people on suspicion of trafficking arms to Iran, two
Iranians they believe are secret agents and five Italians. Two more
Iranians were being sought. On April 29 Ali Damirchi-Lou and state
television reporter Hamid Masoumi-Nejad were released from jail and
placed under house arrest.
(AP, 3/3/10)(AFP, 4/30/10)
2010 Mar 3, In Laos senior
officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam met in Luang
Prabang to discuss the Mekong River. The Mekong River Commission in
a draft report said severe drought has dropped the river to its
lowest level in nearly 20 years, halting some cargo traffic and boat
tours on the waterway, the lifeblood for 65 million people in six
2010 Mar 3, A Mexican woman
charged that Rev. Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), the deceased,
scandal-tainted founder of the conservative order Legionaries of
Christ (1941), led a double life and fathered two children with her.
2010 Mar 3, Pakistan's
paramilitary forces said troops had killed 38 militants during a
week-long operation against the Taliban under the codename "Spring
Cleaning". In central Pakistan a local police chief and four
officers were arrested after a video allegedly showed one officer
publicly beating suspects with a fat leather strap as the other
officers held down the victims in the small town of Bhuwana in
(AFP, 3/3/10)(AP, 3/3/10)
2010 Mar 3, A Philippine
official said a wildlife officer is suspected of stealing more than
1,500 pounds (700 kilograms) of smuggled elephant tusks seized last
year, an embarrassing setback for the country's anti-poaching
efforts. The ivory worth $65,000 was part of a 8,800-pound
(4,000-kilogram) shipment of tusks that was impounded at Manila
airport in July and turned over for disposal to the Protected Areas
and Wildlife Bureau.
2010 Mar 3, Somali pirates
seized the Sakoba, a Kenyan-flagged fishing vessel.
2010 Mar 3, An American
diplomat based in South Korea fled to the Philippines after facing
charges that he swindled a local woman out of nearly $200,000 in the
southern city of Busan.
2010 Mar 3, Freak waves off the
coast of Spain smashed into the Louis Majesty, a Mediterranean
cruise ship, flooding cabins, breaking windows in a restaurant and
terrifying many travelers in an ordeal that claimed two lives.
2010 Mar 3, In western Sudan 11
people died in fighting between the Misseriya and Nuwayba tribes in
the Darfur region.
2010 Mar 3, The Ukrainian
parliament ousted the government of PM Yulia Tymoshenko in a
no-confidence vote, dealing a final blow to the leadership of the
pro-Western Orange Revolution and leaving her to lead the opposition
in parliament. The no-confidence resolution passed with 243 votes in
the 450-seat chamber.
2010 Mar 3, Zimbabwe's the
industry minister said the cabinet will review new local ownership
rules that have sparked concern among business leaders, saying the
law had been published "prematurely."
2011 Mar 3, President Barack
Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon to smooth
over troubles in their drugs war alliance. Calderon pressed Obama to
crack down on US drug consumption and illegal arms sales. After the
meeting it was announced that Mexico and the US agreed to end a ban
on Mexican trucks crossing into the US. The agreement would lead to
Mexico dropping tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of US pork, cheese,
corn and fruits.
(Reuters, 3/3/11)(SFC, 3/4/11, p.D5)
2011 Mar 3, Dr. Richard B.
Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center,
said he has found conclusive evidence of alien life, fossils of
bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1
carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on
planet Earth.) His findings were published today in the Journal of
Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Scientists inside and
outside NASA distanced themselves from Hoover saying he does not
have expertise in astrobiology.
(http://tinyurl.com/4t485yy)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 3, In Nevada Micaela
"Mickey" Costanzo (16), disappeared after track practice at West
Wendover High School. Her body was found March 5 in a shallow grave
in a remote desert area about five miles west of West Wendover, near
the Utah border.
2011 Mar 3, In Texas Rev. Clint
Dobson (28) was killed during a robbery at his Arlington church. A
church employee was severely beaten in the attack Steven Lawayne
Nelson (24), a distant relative was arrested and faced a charge of
(SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A10)
2011 Mar 3, Austria detained
Serbian colonel Jovan Divjak (73) on a Serbian warrant. He had
defected to Bosnia's army at the start of the conflict between the
two sides. Divjak awaited a hearing on whether he should be
extradited on suspicion of war crimes.
2011 Mar 3, Bahrain’s Shiite
opposition groups, seeking to loosen the Sunni monarchy's grip on
power, said they are ready to negotiate with the Gulf nation's
rulers about political change after weeks of protests. Clashes
between Sunnis and Shiites added to fears that Bahrain could be
dragged deeper into a sectarian conflict between Sunnis backing the
monarchy and Shiites who represent 70 percent of the population.
(AP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011 Mar 3, A Brazilian judged
overturned a lower court ruling that suspended work on the $11
billion Belo Monte dam project.
(SFC, 3/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 3, Britain released 35
previously classified files documenting sightings of UFOs,
unidentified flying objects, by the military and members of the
public dating back to the 1950s.
2011 Mar 3, The daughters of
Chile's assassinated former army chief, Gen. Carlos Prats, sued the
Chilean government for $15 million dollars. The lawsuit also
targeted Manuel Contreras, the jailed former spy chief of Gen.
Augusto Pinochet, as well as other high-ranking members of the
2011 Mar 3, Chinese police
further intensified pressure on foreign reporters, warning them to
stay away from spots designated for Middle East-inspired protests
and threatening them with expulsion or a revoking of their
2011 Mar 3, Egypt's military
rulers said the prime minister appointed by ousted President Hosni
Mubarak has resigned, meeting a key demand of the opposition protest
movement. The military chose former Transport Minister Essam Sharaf
as the new prime minister and asked him to form a new caretaker
Cabinet to run the government throughout a transition back to
2011 Mar 3, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy and his indebted government said they are abandoning
a tax ceiling for big earners, once hailed as key to modernizing
France and luring investors.
2011 Mar 3, India's
graft-tainted government suffered a fresh setback when Central
Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas, its candidate to be the chief
corruption fighter, was rejected by the Supreme Court because of a
pending criminal case. Thomas was appointed in September despite
having been charged in 2000 over his role in allegedly fraudulent
imports of palm oil from Malaysia while he worked as a civil servant
in the Kerala state government in the 1990s.
2011 Mar 3, In India about a
dozen workers, after learning they were laid off, attacked a vehicle
carrying steel factory executive Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving
the factory in eastern Orissa state. They doused the Jeep with
gasoline and set it on fire. Two other people in the vehicle were
allowed to flee but Roy (59) was trapped inside and later died of
severe burns. Two people were detained and faced murder charges.
2011 Mar 3, Indonesian
journalist Banjir Ambarita, who covered a police sex scandal, was
treated in the hospital after being stabbed in the stomach and
chest. Ambarita had written about three police officers who
confessed to sexually abusing a female detainee.
2011 Mar 3, In Iraq a suicide
bomber struck a group of soldiers collecting their paychecks in
Haditha, killing eight people. Massoud Barzani asked the Kurdish
parliament to study the possibility of early general elections in
the Kurdish region. A spokeswoman said former PM Ayad Allawi, who
led a political coalition heavily supported by Iraq's minority
Sunnis, has turned down a position in the new government. The step
could further marginalize Sunnis.
2011 Mar 3, Ivory Coast
security forces, loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the former president still
clinging to power, fatally shot 7 women protesting his refusal to
leave office. The UN said more than 200,000 people have fled the
(AP, 3/3/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.17)
2011 Mar 3, Japanese
researchers said they have developed a human-shaped mobile phone
with a skin-like outer layer that enables users to feel closer to
those on the other end.
2011 Mar 3, A Kyrgyzstan court
sentenced Eugene Gourevich, an American businessman, to 15 years in
jail in absentia for selling a fuel depot in Kyrgyzstan to a US
company at $3 million below the market rate. Gourevich fled
Kyrgyzstan after the overthrow last year of President Kurmanbek
Bakiyev. Kyrgyz authorities believed the Bakiyev family benefited
financially from opaque fuel supply deals with the US air base.
2011 Mar 3, Libya’s Muammar
Gaddafi struck at rebel control of a key Libyan coastal road for a
second day but received a warning he would be held to account at The
Hague for suspected crimes by his security forces. Mutinous army
units deployed around the strategic oil installation at Brega,
securing the site after the opposition repelled an attempt by
loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi to retake the port in rebel-held east
Libya. A spokesman for Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said the
Libyan government has accepted a Venezuelan plan that seeks a
negotiated solution to the uprising in the North African country.
(Reuters, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/3/11)(Reuters, 3/3/11)
2011 Mar 3, The Mexican army
ordered three junior officers and 10 soldiers to stand trial on drug
trafficking and organized crime charges. Officials said they were
caught with more than a ton of methamphetamines and 66 pounds (30
kg) of cocaine last week at a military checkpoint south of Tijuana.
2011 Mar 3, Mexican
agricultural officials say they have euthanized 114 peacocks,
ostriches and other birds at a zoo due to an avian virus.
2011 Mar 3, In Nigeria a bomb
exploded at a political rally in Suleija, Niger state, for Babangida
Aliyu, the gubernatorial candidate for the People's Democratic
Party, Nigeria's ruling party, killing 3 people and wounding 21
others. A 4th person died of wounds the next day.
(AP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011 Mar 3, Pirates off the
coast of Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos attacked a chemical
tanker in an unsuccessful bid to board and rob the ship in the Gulf
2011 Mar 3, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide car bombing and an ambush by militants targeting
police killed 10 people including nine officers in Hangu town.
Gunmen killed six tribal policemen in the rugged Khyber tribal
district bordering Afghanistan.
(AFP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011 Mar 3, South Africa's
highest court ordered a top Johannesburg-based mining company to
compensate the family of a dead mineworker, overturning a law which
prohibited mineworkers with lung diseases from claiming
2011 Mar 3, Turkish police
detained 13 people, mostly journalists, in a crackdown on an alleged
secularist network accused of conspiring to topple the
Islamic-rooted government. Critics say the case is part of a
government assault on press freedom. 4 of the journalists were
released on March 12, 2012.
(AP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/13/12)
2012 Mar 3, In California 5 men
from Orange County were charged with mortgage fraud. They had
businesses promising homeowners secure loan modifications for an
up-front fee. They just kept the fees with no loan modifications.
(SSFC, 3/4/12, p.A10)
2012 Mar 3, In Washington state
Mitt Romney led the Republican primary with 37% of the vote,
followed by Ron Paul with 25%, Rick Santorum with 24%, and Newt
Gingrich with 11%. None of the state's 43 delegates were awarded.
(SSFC, 3/4/12, p.A10)
2012 Mar 3, Ralph McQuarrie
(b.1929), movie artist, died in Berkeley, Ca. He helped envision the
Star Wars films of George Lucas.
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.C3)
2012 Mar 3, In southern Algeria
a suicide attack on a police base left 24 people wounded and the
bomber dead at Tamanrasset. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in
West Africa claimed responsibility. The group surfaced in December,
when it claimed to be holding three Westerners kidnapped from a
Western Sahara refugee camp in Algeria in October.
2012 Mar 3, Thousands of
Australians were ordered to evacuate their homes in Sydney's
northwest and elsewhere in New South Wales state as heavy rainfall
flooded rivers and waterways.
2012 Mar 3, In Chile Daniel
Zamudio (24), a gay man, suffered severe head trauma and a broken
right leg in a beating in Santiago. A swastika was drawn on the
victim's chest by the unidentified assailants, leading to
speculation that neo-Nazis may have attacked him. Doctors put him
into an induced coma while treating his head trauma.
2012 Mar 3, In northwestern
China a Tibetan teenager died after setting herself on fire. The
girl, said to be aged between 16 and 19 years old, set herself
alight at a vegetable market in Maqu county in Gansu province.
2012 Mar 3, Chinese forces
intercepted two Vietnamese fishing boats near the disputed Paracel
islands. The Chinese soon demanded 70,000 yuan ($11,000) for the
release of 21 fishermen.
2012 Mar 3, Egyptian lawmakers
clashed over who should have the right to draft the country's
constitution, in a heated debate focusing on the influence of
Islamists on the crucial document and how religiously conservative
Egypt will be.
2012 Mar 3, A Cairo court
dismissed a complaint against Christian tycoon Naguib Sawaris
accused of insulting Islam with a cartoon of Mickey Mouse and Minnie
Mouse in conservative Muslim garb. Hardline Islamist lawyer and MP
Mamduh Ismail said he would appeal.
2012 Mar 3, In eastern Guinea
50 people traveling to a weekly market were killed and 27 others
injured when the lorry they were travelling in crashed.
2012 Mar 3, In Ireland the
heart of St. Laurence O’Toole (1128-1180), the patron saint of
Dublin, was stolen from Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
(SFC, 3/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 3, Libyan Islamists
and independents formed a new political party, electing Mohammed
Sawan as its leader, a Muslim Brotherhood member who was a political
prisoner under the regime of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
2012 Mar 3, In Libya Estonian
technician Kaido Keerdo (31) working for Danish church Aid was
killed while examining unexploded munitions scattered near a police
compound in Ad Dafniyah.
2012 Mar 3, In Nepal 6 people
were killed as a fire tore through the main vegetable market in
Kathmandu destroying more than 100 stalls.
2012 Mar 3, In Pakistan a
policemen was killed and a local lawmaker was among eight wounded in
a suicide attack in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhaw province.
2012 Mar 3, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded in a commercial district of the southern island of
Jolo leaving 2 dead and 13 wounded. The Abu Sayyaf group was blamed.
2012 Mar 3, In southern Poland
2 trains running on the same track collided head-on in a shower of
sparks, killing 16 people and injuring 58 in the country's worst
train disaster in more than 20 years.
2012 Mar 3, In Russia Maria
Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two alleged members of Pussy
Riot, were arrested by Russian authorities and accused of
“hooliganism." belting out an anti-Putin "punk prayer" in front of
the church's gilded altar wearing garishly colored balaclavas.
2012 Mar 3, In Somalia a car
bomb exploded near a military base housing Burundian soldiers from
an African Union peacekeeping force in Mogadishu, killing the
2012 Mar 3, Syrian forces
renewed their bombardment of rebellious areas of Homs, as the Red
Cross vowed to try again to reach thousands of people stranded in a
district overrun by regime troops after a monthlong siege. A suicide
car bomb exploded in Daraa, killing at least two people and wounding
20. Human Rights Watch said Syrian forces killed some 700 people and
wounded thousands in a 27-day bombardment of Homs, with shells
sometimes falling at the rate of 100 an hour. 12 civilians,
including five children, were killed when a rocket slammed into a
crowd of protesters in Rastan.
(AP, 3/3/12)(AFP, 3/3/12)(AFP, 3/4/12)
2012 Mar 3, Taiwan confirmed
that nearly 58,000 chickens had been culled at two farms on the
island following the latest outbreak of bird flu, most of them at a
farm in central Changhua county. The next day Hsu Tien-lai, the
chief of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and
Quarantine tendered his resignation. He had been accused in a
documentary of covering up outbreaks of H5N2 bird flu, a less
virulent strain of the virus.
2012 Mar 3, In Uruguay a South
Korean fishing vessel caught fire in the Montevideo port. Two bodies
were found near the machine room of the Jung Woo 3 as firefighters
continued to extinguish the fire.
2012 Mar 3, In Yemen 2 suicide
bombers killed a government soldier as they blew up a vehicle at an
elite Republican Guard camp in Bayda. At least 16 soldiers were
wounded in clashes with Al-Qaeda militants in Zinjibar.
2013 Mar 3, In Afghan
insurgents attacked a supply convoy and killed one soldier in
Badakhshan province. 23 other soldiers were captured. 6 of the
soldiers were released following negotiations, but 16 others were
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 3, Bangladesh
authorities deployed soldiers in a northern district after Islamic
party activists clashed with police, leaving five people dead during
a nationwide general strike called to denounce war crimes trials.
2013 Mar 3, The Congolese
military said it has given control of two key eastern towns back to
the M23 rebel group to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing peace process.
2013 Mar 3, In Cairo, Egypt, US
Secretary of State John Kerry rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed
Morsi's pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250
million in American aid to support the country's "future as a
2013 Mar 3, In Port Said,
Egypt, fighting throughout the day killed two policemen and three
civilians as protesters pelted police forces with rocks and fire
bombs and the force responded with tear gas, and birdshots.
2013 Mar 3, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has produced more than 3,000 advanced
centrifuges which are used to enrich uranium.
2013 Mar 3, In central Iraq 3
separate attacks in Shiite-dominated areas killed at least four
people and wounded 14.
2013 Mar 3, In northern Japan
heavy snow over the weekend killed eight people on Hokkaido island,
including a family whose car became buried.
2013 Mar 3, Mexico's ruling
party changed its platform to allow for private investment in the
oil industry, paving the way for a possible overhaul of a
state-owned company that is seen as a pillar of the nation.
2013 Mar 3, In Mexico gunmen
killed journalist Jaime Gonzalez (38) in Ojinaga, a border town
across from Texas. He was founder and director of Ojinaga Noticias,
a website mostly dedicated to community news.
(SFC, 3/5/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/a7n6qgf)
2013 Mar 3, In northern Nigeria
fighters linked to the radical Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram
attacked a military base, killing at least 20 people in Monguno. A
military spokesman said that 20 "Boko Haram terrorists" were killed,
without acknowledging that at least one civilian had been killed.
2013 Mar 3, In Pakistan a bomb
blast killed 48 people, including many women and children outside a
Shiite mosque in Karachi.
(AP, 3/3/13)(AP, 3/4/13)(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 3, The West Bank
Palestinian finance minister Nabil Qassis announced his resignation
in a show of frustration over the government's widening budget
deficit. Qassis told reporters that the Palestinian Authority's 2013
budget deficit is expected to reach $1.4 billion.
2013 Mar 3, Russian authorities
said six teenagers are trapped in an avalanche in the region of Tuva
in southern Siberia.
2013 Mar 3, Scottish Cardinal
Keith O’Brien acknowledged having engaged in unspecified sexual
misbehavior, apologized for his actions a d recused himself from the
conclave to select a new pope.
(SFC, 3/4/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 3, In Senegal 9
children, aged 7-12, died in a fire in a Quranic school.
2013 Mar 3, Syrian activists
said more than 200 Syrian soldiers and opposition fighters have died
in the eight-day battle for a police academy near Aleppo. Rebels
stormed a central prison in the northern city of Raqqa and captured
a border crossing in the east along Syria's border with Iraq.
Opposition fighters killed 115 police and wounded another 50 in a
battle over the police academy.
(AP, 3/3/13)(AP, 3/4/13)
2013 Mar 3, Swiss citizens
voted on a plan, the “Rip-Off Initiative," to boost shareholders’
authority over executive pay. 68% voted in favor. The plan became
effective in 2015.
(SFC, 3/4/13, p.A2)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.64)(Econ.,
2013 Mar 3, Thailand's PM
Yingluck Shinawatra vowed for the first time to work toward
ending her country's trade in ivory, but gave no timeline for
implementing a ban. Conservationists warned that the unprecedented
slaughter of elephants in Africa would continue until she does.
2013 Mar 3, In Venezuela
hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Caracas demanding the
government provide details about the health of Pres. Hugo Chavez.
(SFC, 3/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 3, In Venezuela Sabino
Romero, a leader of the Yukpa tribe, was fatally shot along a
highway in the western state of Zulia.
2014 Mar 3, In Michigan Raulie
Casteel was sentenced to 18-40 years in prison for shooting at two
dozen vehicles on a busy southeastern highway.
(SFC, 3/4/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 3, The US Supreme
Court refused to hear a final appeal against the expulsion of Uwe
Romeike, his wife and their seven children, from Morristown, Tenn.
They had lived their since fleeing Baden-Wurttemberg in 2008, where
it was against the law to home-school their children.
(Econ, 4/5/14, p.29)
2014 Mar 3, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle in Uruzgan
province, killing 5 policemen and wounding one.
2014 Mar 3, In Bahrain an
explosion that went off while policemen were dispersing
demonstrators killed three police personnel. 25 people were arrested
over the next 24 hours on suspicion of involvement.
(Reuters, 3/3/14)(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 3, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels ambushed a police vehicle
and killed two officers outside a court in Pulwama town.
2014 Mar 3, In Iraq violence
killed at least 10 people. Sabah Noori, spokesman for Iraq's
Counter-Terrorism Service, said its forces had killed 52 jihadist
militants in fighting over the last 24 hours in Ramadi.
2014 Mar 3, Libya's parliament
moved into a five-star Tripoli hotel, a day after rioters armed with
knives and guns stormed the legislature building, torching
furniture, killing a guard and wounding six lawmakers in the latest
episode of turmoil in the country.
2014 Mar 3, In northern Nigeria
suspected Islamic militants killed 3 policemen in Katsina. The
police were killed while pursuing four gunmen on motorcycles who had
attacked a checkpoint.
(SFC, 3/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 3, In Pakistan gunmen
burst into a court in a busy shopping area in the heart of
Islamabad, killing at least 11 people in a suicide-bomb and gun
attack likely to shatter any prospect of meaningful peace talks with
2014 Mar 3, In the southern
Philippines gunmen abducted two children, their nanny and a driver
while on the way to school in a region notorious for ransom
kidnappings by Islamic militants.
2014 Mar 3, Romania's ethnic
Hungarian opposition party UDMR voted to join the leftist government
of PM Victor Ponta, and will be given the environment and culture
2014 Mar 3, Syrian troops
seized control of a village near the strategic rebel bastion of
Yabroud as they pushed closer to the town. Food deliveries to
thousands of people living in a blockaded area in southern Damascus
ground to a halt after a truce collapsed and clashes broke out
between rebels and forces loyal to the government. Fighting in and
around Yabroud killed dozens of people, including about 17 rebels,
15 government and allied militia fighters and at least 4 Hezbollah
(AFP, 3/3/14)(AP, 3/3/14)(Reuters, 3/4/14)
2014 Mar 3, Uganda said it will
send about 400 extra troops to Somalia to protect UN personnel in
2014 Mar 3, In Ukraine
pro-Russian demonstrators occupied the first floor of the regional
government building in Donetsk, the latest in days of rallies that
Kiev says are organized by Moscow as a pretext to invade. Interfax
news agency quoted a source in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry as
saying Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea
to surrender by 5 a.m. on March 4 or face a military assault. The
OSCE said it will start deploying in Ukraine late today, but Russian
objections mean the body has yet to agree on a full-scale mission.
The UN said 16,000 Russians have been deployed in Crimea.
(Reuters, 3/3/14)(AFP, 3/3/14)(SFC, 3/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 3, In Ukraine Reshat
Ametov, a Tatar construction worker and father of three, was seized
by unidentified men after taking part in a pro-Ukraine rally in
Crimea. His body, bearing signs of torture was found on March 16.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.23)
2014 Mar 3, The United Arab
Emirates' top court in Abu Dhabi convicted Qatari Dr. Mahmoud
al-Jaidah and sentenced him to seven years behind bars on charges
linked to cooperating with an illegal clandestine organization that
aimed to overthrow the government.
2014 Mar 3, The UN
Environmental Program marked its first ever World Wildlife Day to
raise awareness about an illicit global trade in illegal timber,
elephant ivory and rhino horns worth an estimated $19 billion.
2014 Mar 3, The United Nations'
highest court banned Australia from making any use of documents it
seized from a lawyer working for East Timor in an arbitration case
over a multibillion-dollar oil and gas deal between the two nations.
2014 Mar 3, The African
Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said arson and looting by
militia has displaced about 20,000 people in Darfur.
2014 Mar 3, In southern Yemen
assailants killed 5 soldiers in an ambush in Shabwa province.