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Guatemala orphanage fire

Protests against abuse, rape, and overcrowding in orphanage broke out into a riot. On next day, 51 girls were locked to a schoolroom, with the National Police guarding them. After a fire broke out inside, they did not let the girls escape. In total, 41 girls died due to the fire, all of them between 14 and 17 years old.

Aboriginal DNA study

Group of scientist led by John Mitchell from La Trobe University, Australia performed a genetic study of Aboriginal Australians and Papuans. According to the results, both groups left Africa around 58 000 years ago. This makes them older than Europeans. They arrived in Australia and Papua approximately 50 000 years ago.

Malta's famous landmark the Azure Window collaspes into the sea

The collapse was reported in both local and international media. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil both tweeted about the collapse of the Azure Window, and it also became the subject of many Internet memes on Maltese social media. The Environment and Resources Authority called the collapse a major loss to Malta's natural heritage.


Barcelona stage one of the greatest comebacks in football history

Barça came back from a 4-0 deficit in the first leg. In the second leg, they were up 3-1, but by way of scoring three goals in the last seven minutes, they advanced. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's saves coupled with Neymar's brace and Sergi Roberto's goal at the death clinched the 6-5 aggregate win.

Musical 'Disaster!' opens on Broadway

Disaster! is a musical comedy created by Seth Rudetsky, and written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the songs of the '70s take center stage in this homage to classic disaster films. The show opened on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre.

'The Audience' opens on Broadway

The Audience is a play by the British playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan. The play centres on weekly meetings, called audiences, between Queen Elizabeth II, played by Dame Helen Mirren, and her prime ministers and premiered in the West End in 2013, at the Gielgud Theatre. A Broadway production opened in 2015, also starring Mirren.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

A scheduled international flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared over the South China Sea. According to military radar, the plane changed its course from the original one. An international search yielded little to no results. Several pieces of debris have been found, however, the bulk of the plan has not been located.

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia debuts

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia is the Middle East and North Africa edition of the international publication. On the first cover was Shakira. The English language magazine also has a web platform and launched an Arabic language version of the website.

The final episode of lesbian-themed drama 'The L Word' airs

The L Word is an American-Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbians and their friends, connections, family, and lovers in the trendy Greater Los Angeles, California city of West Hollywood. The series originally ran on Showtime from 2004 to 2009.


Donald Campbell's speedboat is recovered

Donald Campbell was a British speed record breaker who died on the waters of Coniston in Lancashire, England. Campbell died during a crash in his Bluebird while attempting to beat his own world speed record. The wreckage of the Bluebird was fished out after 34 years underwater. The team of divers spent 4 years looking for it.

'A Knight's Tale' premieres in the US

A Knight's Tale is a 2001 American medieval adventure-comedy film written, produced, and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell, Laura Fraser, Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer, and James Purefoy as Sir Thomas Colville/Edward the Black Prince.


American football middle linebacker Ray Nitschke dies at 61

Raymond Ernest Nitschke was a professional American football middle linebacker who spent his entire 15-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. Nitschke died of a heart attack in Venice, Florida at the age of 61. He had been driving to the home of a family friend, according to his daughter, Amy Klaas, who was with him when he was stricken.

'Fargo' is released in the US

Fargo was written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It received 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. In 1998, the American Film Institute named the film one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.

The 20th People's Choice Awards are held

The 20th People's Choice Awards were hosted by Paul Reiser and broadcast on CBS. Brett Buttler was awarded the Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series prize. Kelsey Grammer was awarded the Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series prize. Steven Spielberg received a special award for his work in the motion picture industry.

Irreverent animated show 'Beavis and Butt-head' debuts on MTV

Beavis and Butt-Head is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge. The series originated from Frog Baseball, a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television. After seeing the short, MTV signed Judge to develop the short into a full series. The series originally ran for seven seasons from 1993 to 1997.

Diana Ross is top of the UK singles chart with 'Chain Reaction'

Chain Reaction is a song recorded by Diana Ross and written by the Bee Gees, who also recorded the backing vocals for the single. The song is included on Ross' album Eaten Alive. It became her 2nd number 1 hit, after the single I'm Still Waiting, in the UK Singles Chart.

President Reagan first known use of term "Evil Empire" in speech in Florida

The phrase evil empire was first applied to the Soviet Union in 1983 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who took an aggressive, hard-line stance that favored matching and exceeding the Soviet Union's strategic and global military capabilities, in calling for a rollback strategy that would, in his words, "write the final pages of the history of the Soviet Union".

Io volcanoes

The Voyager 1 imaging scientist Linda Morabito discovered volcanic activity on Io, a moon of Jupiter, the date of discovery sometimes also cited as March 9. She detected a 270 kilometers long cloud of volcanic origin. It was the first proof of active extra-terrestrial volcanoes. According to the current state of knowledge, Io hosts around 400 volcanoes.

Philips publicly demonstrates a prototype of CD

Phillips demonstrated a prototype of an optical digital audio disc at a press conference called Phillips Introduce Compact Disc. The event took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The compact disc was officially released 3 years later, in 1982.

Charles de Gaulle Airport opens

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France and the second largest in Europe. It is named after Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces during the Second World War, founder of the French Fifth Republic and President of France from 1959 to 1969.


The Fight of the Century

The Fight of the Century refers to the boxing match between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, which took place at Madison Square Garden. It was the 1st time that 2 undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title. Frazier won in 15 rounds by unanimous decision.

UK postal workers end 7-week strike

Postal workers in Britain demanded a pay rise of 15-20%, however, the Post Office managers made a lower offer. This was a sparkle needed to start the first national postal strike. It lasted for seven weeks. During that time, many private post offices were opened, to fill the gaps left by the closed official ones.

Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam

Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. By March, he had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad. Expressing many regrets about his time with them, which he had come to regard as largely wasted, he embraced Sunni Islam. He repudiated the Nation of Islam, disavowed racism and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

Rover unveils the world's first gas-turbine car

Rover Company showed their JET1 prototype to the public. It was an open two-seat car powered by a gas turbine engine, positioned behind the passenger seats. It was later further developed in order to increase its speed, for which it later held a world record, being the first gas turbine powered car to reach 152.69 mph.


Howie Morenz dies from complications of an injury

Howard William "Howie" Morenz was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Morenz died from complications of a broken leg, an injury he suffered in a game. After his death, the Canadiens retired his jersey number, the first time the team had done so for any player.

German airship manufacturer Ferdinand von Zeppelin dies

He built the first rigid airship, often called just Zeppelin today. After retiring from army, he started a company to build airships in 1898. His first airship took off in 1900 at Lake Constance, where she had been assembled in a floating assembly shed. During the Great war, Zeppelins were used to bomb Britain.

The first International Women's Day

March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman's Conference to become an "International Woman's Day". After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Sibelius' 'Symphony No. 2' premieres

The Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43, by Jean Sibelius was started in winter 1901 in Rapallo, Italy, shortly after the successful premiere of the popular Finlandia, and finished in 1902 in Finland. Sibelius said, "My second symphony is a confession of the soul."

Richard Straus' 'Don Quixote' premieres in Keulen

Don Quixote is a work based on the novel of similar name from Miguel de Cervantes. It is written as a tone poem for cello, viola, and orchestra. The premiere in Cologne was conducted by Franz Wüllner, with Friedrich Grützmacher as the cello soloist. It is roughly 45 minutes long, divided into 14 sections.

The New York Stock Exchange is founded

Buttonwood Agreement stockbrokers in NY came up with new reforms and reorganized, reforming as the NY Stock and Exchange Board. They began renting several spaces for securities trading over the years, until 1865 when they adopted the current location. By far, it is by market capitalization the largest exchange in the world.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1999

Joe DiMaggio

born 1987

Johann Rabie