On this day

In 2005, Steve Fossett flies an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 03 March?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 2005, Steve Fossett flies an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 03 March, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 03 MARCH

2005 | James Roszko killed four Canadian Royal Mounted Police constables during a drug bust on his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, and then committed suicide.

2013 | At least 45 people were killed and 180 others injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan,  near a mosque in a Shia area.

2005 | The first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling was Steve Fossett from America.

1974 | A Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashed in the Ermenonville area close to Paris, France killing all 346 occupants.

2005 | Margaret Wilson was elected Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, from a term that lasted until August 23, 2006, when all the top political offices (including Elizabeth II as Head of State), were occupied by women, making New Zealand the first state for this to happen.

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ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2013 | American singer-songwriter, Bobby Rogers, 73.

2012 | American guitarist, songwriter, and producer, Ronnie Montrose, 65.

1994 | American author and academic, John Edward Williams, 72.

1993 | Spanish guitarist and composer, Carlos Montoya, 90.

1592 | Flemish painter, Michael Coxcie, 93.

BIRTHDAYS

1955 | British-American actor and director, Darnell Williams.

1945 | American actress, Hattie Winston.

1940 | French-Monacan police officer and politician, 21st Minister of State of Monaco, Jean-Paul Proust, died in 2010.

1948 | British guitarist, Terence Charles is known as Snowy White.

1973 | English actor and martial artist, Matthew Marsden.

SPORTS

1983  | Thirty-nine years ago, Bristol Rovers manager Bobby Gould fined himself £200 for comments he made to the referee in the defeat at Bradford City.  

ENTERTAINMENT

2006 | An American fantasy romantic comedy film “Aquamarine” was released in the United States on this day.

AFRICA FACT

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia is the first African to win an Olympic gold medal in 1960. Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian marathon runner who died in 1973.