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Events 2009   Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Events in March 2009

Mar. 1 Chang’e-1, China's first lunar probe impacts the Moon ending its 16-month mission. Full Story
Mar. 2 The President of Guinea-Bissau Joao Bernardo Vieira is assassinated by renegade soldiers at his palace. Full Story
The Sri Lankan military reopens the A9 highway, the only road linking Jaffna peninsula to the rest of the island, for military traffic after 24 years. Full Story
Mar. 3 Five members of the Sri Lankan cricket team are injured as a dozen gunmen ambush the moving convoy of vehicles transporting the team in Lahore's Liberty Chowk. In the ensuing exchange of fire, eight persons, including six policemen in the escort teams are killed. Full Story
The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency approves an Additional Protocol to the safeguards agreement with India. Full Story
Japan's Nikkei loses 50.43 points at 7229.72, marking a 26-year low, as Asian stock markets extend their loss. Full Story
Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata unveils Nano Europa at the 79th Geneva Car Show. Full Story
Mar. 4 The International Criminal Court, The Hague, issues an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Beshir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. It is the first by the court against a sitting head of state. Full Story
Mar. 5 The Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is injured and his wife Susan killed in a road accident on the outskirts of the capital Harare. Full Story
The NASA launches Kepler, a pioneering telescope to scout for Earth like planets aboard an unmanned Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mission costs $591 million.
Industrialist Vijay Mallaya buys Gandhiji's memorabilia for $1.8 million after high drama at an auction in New York. Full Story
Mar. 6 Over 100 LTTE cadre are killed as the rebels launch attack on the military's forward defences. Full Story
Mar. 8 At least 28 persons are killed and 58 injured as a suicide bomber blows himself up outside the police academy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Mar. 9 Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan (Karuna), former deputy leader of the LTTE, is sworn in Sri Lanka's Minister of National Integration in Colombo, shortly after joining the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Full Story
The U.S. President Barack Obama lifts curbs on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Full Story
Mar. 10 Fourteen civilians are killed and 46 persons, including the Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Mahinda Wijesekara are injured as a LTTE suicide bomber blows himself up at a mosque in Akurassa in Matara district, Sri Lanka. Full Story
A suicide bombing leaves 33 dead in Abu Ghraib district, western Baghdad.
Mar. 11 Ten persons are killed as a gunman goes on a shooting spree in the southern U.S. State of Alabama before turning the weapon on himself. Full Story
Nine students and three teachers of the Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden, Stuttgart in Germany are shot dead by a former student Tim Kretschmer. He kills three more before turning the gun on self after being injured in a shootout with police. Full Story
The LTTE's financial wing chief Subarathnam Selvatureiy alias Thamilendi is killed in confrontations in east of Pudukudiyirippu.
Mar. 12 The former Nasdaq chairman Bernard Madoff is jailed after he pleads to an epic fraud that robbed investors worldwide of billions of dollars. Full Story
An Iraqi court hands down a three-year jail term to journalist Muntazer Al-Zaidi for hurling shoes at the then U.S. President George Bush during a globally televised press conference in Baghdad last December. Full Story
Mar. 13 The Swiss Government announces cooperation on cases of international tax evasion and to provide details on a case-to-case basis. Full Story
The Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Sherry Rahman resigns miffed over the move to block the Geo Television transmission. Full Story
Mar. 14 Qamaruzzaman Kaira, Minister of Kashmir Affairs is appointed Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister. Full Story
Mar. 15 The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, defies house arrest and leads cadre in a “long march” from Lahore to Islamabad demanding the restoration of the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary. Full Story
Mar. 16 The Pakistan government agrees to restore the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary. The PML (N) chief Nawaz Sharif calls off the protest rally. Full Story
A suicide bombing in Rawalpindi leaves 10 persons dead. Full Story
Mar. 17 Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana hands over power to the military following weeks of anti-government protests. Full Story
After 146 years, Seattle's best paper The Seattle Post Intelligencer folds up. Full Story
Mar. 18 Madagascar's constitutional court declares Andry Rajoelina as the island's President. Full Story
An Austrian Joseph Fritzl on trial for imprisoning his daughter for 24 years and fathering her seven children pleads guilty to all charges against him. Full Story
Natasha Richardson (45), the Tony Award-winning British actor dies after suffering a head injury while learning skiing at a resort in Quebec. Full Story
Mar. 19 An estimated three million people strike work and march through the streets of Paris and major French towns to protest against low wages, job insecurity and rising unemployment. Full Story
Joseph Fritzl is sentenced to life in a psychiatric prison for holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering her seven children. Full Story
Mar. 20 The U.S. House of Representatives gives nod for a 90 per cent tax on bonuses for certain executives at firms getting taxpayer-financed help. Bill passed to recoup $165 million controversial bonuses paid to American International Group Inc. Full Story
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari accepts opposition demand to restore judges deposed during the 2007 emergency by his predecessor Pervez Musharraf. Full Story
Mar. 21 Anna Bligh wins vote in a historic poll in Queensland becoming Australia's first elected woman Premier.
Mar. 22 Iftikhar Chaudhary assumes charge as the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Mar. 26 U.S. software pioneer Charles Simonyi becomes the first person to travel twice to space as a tourist as he blasts off to the International Space Station on a Russian rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe.
Russian-French mathematician Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov is chosen for the Abel Prize for 2009. Full Story
At least 45 persons are killed as a suicide bomber blows himself up at a mosque in Khybar, close to the North West Frontier Province capital Peshawar. Full Story
A dam burst near the Indonesian capital Jakarta leaves 58 dead.
Mar. 28 Ninety countries take part in ‘Earth Hour 2009', a global event in which landmarks and homes go dark to highlight the threat from climate change.
Mar. 30 Eight recruits are killed and 95 injured as militants attack and seize the police academy in Manawan on the outskirts of Lahore. Troops retake the complex after an eight-hour gun battle. Full Story
Pakistan government lifts Governor's rule in Punjab. Full Story
The Arab League summit opens in Doha, capital of Qatar. Full Story
Seven elderly patients and a nurse are killed as a heavily armed gunman opens indiscriminate fire at a nursing home in Carthage, a small town in North Carolina in the U.S. Full Story
The Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany appoints the Economy Minister Gordon Bajnai as his successor.
Mar. 31 Shahbaz Sharif is restored as Punjab Chief Minister after the Pakistan Supreme Court suspends an earlier order disqualifying him from elected office. Full Story
British troops begin withdrawal, six years after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Full Story

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