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21 Mar
2017
Martin McGuinness, former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and one-time Provisional IRA commander, died aged 66Martin McGuinness, former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and one-time Provisional IRA commander, died aged 66
2 years ago
21 Mar
2013
Renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe died aged 82. His 1958 debut novel Things Fall Apart, which dealt with the impact of colonialism in Africa, sold over 10 million copiesRenowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe died aged 82. His 1958 debut novel Things Fall Apart, which dealt with the impact of colonialism in Africa, sold over 10 million copies
6 years ago
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21 Mar
2012
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad agreed to a ceasefire after the UN Security Council backed a plan outlined by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on the Syrian…Syrian president Bashar al-Assad agreed to a ceasefire after the UN Security Council backed a plan outlined by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on the Syrian government to stop killing civilians, engage in talks with the opposition, and withdraw forces from the streets. Russia and China, which had previously vetoed resolutions condemning Assad, endorsed the document, but many observers were sceptical that Assad would make good on his promises. The UN estimated that about 9,000 people had been killed in the year-long unrest
7 years ago
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21 Mar
2011
Russian gymnast Nikolai Andrianov died. He won 15 Olympic medals (7 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze), the record for men until U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps took his total to 16 at the 2008…Russian gymnast Nikolai Andrianov died. He won 15 Olympic medals (7 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze), the record for men until U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps took his total to 16 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Only Phelps and fellow Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina, with 18, hold more Olympic medals than Andrianov
8 years ago
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21 Mar
2011
A senior Yemeni general, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, defected to the opposition as tens of thousands continued to protest after President Saleh sacked his government. Within days, Saleh…A senior Yemeni general, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, defected to the opposition as tens of thousands continued to protest after President Saleh sacked his government. Within days, Saleh made a further effort to defuse the situation, saying he was willing to hand over power to “safe hands”
8 years ago
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21 Mar
2010
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull volcano, which had been dormant for 200 years, erupted, ripping a 1km-long fissure in a field of ice and sending lava 100 metres high. This small,…Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull volcano, which had been dormant for 200 years, erupted, ripping a 1km-long fissure in a field of ice and sending lava 100 metres high. This small, initial eruption was the precursor to a much larger one on April 14, which caused massive disruption to European airspace
9 years ago
21 Mar
2010
Plastiki, a boat constructed from 12,000 plastic bottles, set sail on a three-month voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world’s oceansPlastiki, a boat constructed from 12,000 plastic bottles, set sail on a three-month voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world’s oceans
9 years ago
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21 Mar
2009
Ireland’s rugby union team claimed their first Grand Slam in 61 years in a thrilling climax to the Six Nations Championship. Playing in Cardiff against Wales, who needed to win…Ireland’s rugby union team claimed their first Grand Slam in 61 years in a thrilling climax to the Six Nations Championship. Playing in Cardiff against Wales, who needed to win by 13 points to retain their title, Ireland overturned a 6-0 interval deficit with two early second-half tries. Wales regained the lead with two penalties and a drop-goal with five minutes remaining. But an Irish drop-goal regained the lead with two minutes left, and a last-gasp Welsh penalty fell short to spark wild celebrations in Dublin and beyond
10 years ago
21 Mar
2009
Up to 100,000 Italians marched through Naples calling for more police action against mafia clans, responsible for the deaths of over 900 people in recent decadesUp to 100,000 Italians marched through Naples calling for more police action against mafia clans, responsible for the deaths of over 900 people in recent decades
10 years ago
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21 Mar
2006
A major Sino-Russian energy deal was announced when Russian gas giant Gazprom said it would build two large natural gas pipelines directly to China within the next five years.…A major Sino-Russian energy deal was announced when Russian gas giant Gazprom said it would build two large natural gas pipelines directly to China within the next five years. Russia said it would also help with the construction of two nuclear power plants in China
13 years ago
21 Mar
2006
Twitter, the online social networking service enabling users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”, was incorporatedTwitter, the online social networking service enabling users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”, was incorporated
13 years ago
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21 Mar
2004
Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele won the world cross-country championship in Brussels, becoming the first athlete ever to win both the long- and short-course titles in three…Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele won the world cross-country championship in Brussels, becoming the first athlete ever to win both the long- and short-course titles in three consecutive years
15 years ago
21 Mar
2003
More than 1,000 missiles rained down on military targets near Baghdad as the U.S.-led coalition launched its “shock and awe” campaign on the Iraqi capitalMore than 1,000 missiles rained down on military targets near Baghdad as the U.S.-led coalition launched its “shock and awe” campaign on the Iraqi capital
16 years ago
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21 Mar
2002
As increasing revelations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy continued to rock the U.S., Pope John Paul II released a letter acknowledging that the reputation of all…As increasing revelations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy continued to rock the U.S., Pope John Paul II released a letter acknowledging that the reputation of all priests had been damaged by the scandal and calling on all priests to commit themselves more fully to the search for holiness
17 years ago
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21 Mar
2002
A U.S. report into the crash of an EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Atlantic off New York in October 1999 with the loss of 217 lives blamed the co-pilot for downing the plane,…A U.S. report into the crash of an EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Atlantic off New York in October 1999 with the loss of 217 lives blamed the co-pilot for downing the plane, but stopped short of suggesting a motive
17 years ago
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21 Mar
2001
Anthropologist Meave Leakey unearthed the remains of a 3.5 million year-old skull in Kenya. The remains of “flat-faced man” were discovered near Lake Turkana, and thought to be…Anthropologist Meave Leakey unearthed the remains of a 3.5 million year-old skull in Kenya. The remains of “flat-faced man” were discovered near Lake Turkana, and thought to be an early ancestor of humans
18 years ago
21 Mar
2001
The Dutch government banned exports of all livestock after the first case of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed as having spread from the UK to the NetherlandsThe Dutch government banned exports of all livestock after the first case of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed as having spread from the UK to the Netherlands
18 years ago
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21 Mar
2001
An inquiry into a cluster of five fatalities from new-variant CJD in the English village of Queniborough was most likely caused by traditional butchery methods when beef cuts…An inquiry into a cluster of five fatalities from new-variant CJD in the English village of Queniborough was most likely caused by traditional butchery methods when beef cuts intended for human consumption came into contact with BSE-infected brain tissue
18 years ago
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21 Mar
2000
Chinese premier Zhu Rongji said China would not negotiate with Taiwan's new governing party, which supported independence. Beijing, which traditionally regards Taiwan as a wayward…Chinese premier Zhu Rongji said China would not negotiate with Taiwan's new governing party, which supported independence. Beijing, which traditionally regards Taiwan as a wayward province, had earlier threatened to invade if the island declared independence
19 years ago
21 Mar
2000
A U.S. District judge upheld an earlier ruling by the Immigration Service that six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzales should be returned to his father in CubaA U.S. District judge upheld an earlier ruling by the Immigration Service that six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzales should be returned to his father in Cuba
19 years ago
21 Mar
2000
Israel handed over 6.1 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians, giving the Palestinian National Authority partial control of around 40 percent of the regionIsrael handed over 6.1 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians, giving the Palestinian National Authority partial control of around 40 percent of the region
19 years ago
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21 Mar
1999
The movie Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, knocking Steven Spielberg's hotly tipped war epic Saving Private Ryan into second place. Gwyneth Paltrow…The movie Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, knocking Steven Spielberg's hotly tipped war epic Saving Private Ryan into second place. Gwyneth Paltrow famously wept as she scooped the Oscar for Best Actress
20 years ago
21 Mar
1999
English comedian Ernie Wise, who with partner Eric Morecambe formed Britain's most successful comedy double act, died aged 73English comedian Ernie Wise, who with partner Eric Morecambe formed Britain's most successful comedy double act, died aged 73
20 years ago
21 Mar
1997
President Mobutu of Zaire returned to his country after cancer treatment abroad to face the by now inevitable collapse of his 32-year regimePresident Mobutu of Zaire returned to his country after cancer treatment abroad to face the by now inevitable collapse of his 32-year regime
22 years ago
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