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March 2015

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in March 2015.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on March 2015: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2015?


  • 01 Mar 2015 Estonian parliamentary election, 2015: The ruling Reform Party wins the elections, but loses the majority that it has had with its current coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party. For the first time in many years, two new parties cross the election threshold, the right-of-centre Free Party and the eurosceptic Conservative People's Party of Estonia. (Estonian Public Broadcasting)
  • 02 Mar 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant:: A coalition of Iraqi Armed Forces and militia numbering around 30,000 launches an offensive against Islamic State positions in Tikrit. Troops seize control of the district of al-Tin and al-Abeid. (BBC)
  • 03 Mar 2015 Norwegian Air Shuttle will ground all passengers in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden as the result of an industrial dispute. The action leaves 35,000 people stranded. (Norway local)
  • 04 Mar 2015 South of Sicily, Italy's Coast Guard saves 941 trafficked migrants aboard five motorized dinghies and two larger vessels near southern Italian ports. Authorities cannot account for ten people. (AP)
  • 05 Mar 2015 A knife-wielding assailant injures the American ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, in the South Korean capital city of Seoul. Authorities report that the injuries on his face and wrist are not life-threatening. (Yonhap News) (BBC)
  • 06 Mar 2015 At least two knife-wielding attackers injure nine people at a train station in southern China; the police fatally shoot one of the suspects. (AP)
  • 07 Mar 2015 Boko Haram: Maiduguri city in northeast Nigeria sees five suicide bomb blasts with 54 dead and 143 wounded. (AP)
  • 08 Mar 2015 Boko Haram: Forces from Niger and Chad launch a ground and air offensive against Boko Haram Islamist militants in northeastern Nigeria. (BBC)
  • 09 Mar 2015 A Carolinian Amtrak passenger train (running north from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New York City) hits a tractor-trailer in Halifax, North Carolina resulting in two cars of the train derailing with several people receiving minor injuries. (AP via MSN)
  • 10 Mar 2015 Sinai insurgency: A suicide bomber kills one person and injures 24 in an attack on a police station in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 11 Mar 2015 2014–15 Australian region cyclone season: Tropical Cyclone Nathan intensifies to a Category 2 system as it nears Cape York Peninsula in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. (The Australian)
  • 12 Mar 2015 A U.S. drone strike in Somalia near the town of Bardhere kills the mastermind al-Shabab terrorist Aden Garaar responsible for the September 2013 three-day siege Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, in which 67 people were killed by four gunmen. (AP)
  • 13 Mar 2015 A Myanmar air raid aimed at rebels on its border with China drops bombs on the Chinese city of Lincang killing four people. (AP via The New York Times)
  • 14 Mar 2015 The United Nations will send emergency aid to Vanuatu with at least four people officially dead and reports of dozens more dead after Cyclone Pam hit yesterday. (Reuters via Daily Mail)(AP)
  • 15 Mar 2015 Libyan Civil War: Fighting rages near the western Libyan city of Sirte between Islamic State affiliated militants and a local militia alliance. (BBC)
  • 16 Mar 2015 Libyan Civil War: Islamic State kidnaps about 20 medical workers from the Ibn Sina Hospital in the Libyan city of Sirte. (CNN)
  • 17 Mar 2015 In Peshawar, an unknown assailant shoots and kills Pakistani lawyer Samiullah Afridi, who had defended Dr. Shakil Afridi (in regards to assisting CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden), with two Pakistan militant groups, Jundullah and Jamaatul Ahrar, both claiming responsibility. (Huffington Post)
  • 18 Mar 2015 Bardo National Museum attack: Gunmen attack Tunisia's Bardo National Museum, adjacent to the parliament building, killing 23 people, including 18 foreign tourists. (AP via MSN)(The Telegraph)
  • 19 Mar 2015 2014–15 Australian region cyclone season: Authorities in the Australian state of Queensland prepare for the impact of Severe Tropical Cyclone Nathan which is forecast to make landfall near Cooktown early tomorrow morning. (AAP via Wa Today)
  • 20 Mar 2015 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State releases a video showing the execution of three Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq with threats to execute dozens more. (Reuters)An Islamic state attack on a Kurdish Nowruz festival (New Year's Day) kills 45 people. (AAP via SBS)
  • 21 Mar 2015 Yemeni crisis: The United States military evacuates the remaining 100 Special Operations forces members in the country due to the deteriorating security situation. (CNN)
  • 22 Mar 2015 Yemeni crisis: The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Yemen as the United States removes all remaining personnel. (Fox News)Shia Houthis rebels capture the strategically important city of Ta'izz. (BBC)
  • 23 Mar 2015 Iraqi insurgency (2011–present): Multiple bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kill at least nineteen people and wound another thirty-six. (AP)
  • 24 Mar 2015 War in Afghanistan: Gunmen kill at least thirteen people in an attack on three passing vehicles including a bus in Wardak province's Sayad Abad district. (Al Jazeera America)
  • 25 Mar 2015 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Afghan National Army kills twenty-nine insurgents and injures twenty-one others in a series of operations in Daikundi, Ghazni, and Parwan provinces during the past 24 hours. (Tolonews)
  • 26 Mar 2015 Aftermath of the 2014–15 Yemeni coup d'état: 2015 military intervention in Yemen: The Saudi Arabian Air Force launches airstrikes on Sana'a International Airport and Yemen's al Dulaimi military airport resulting in at least 17 deaths. (Reuters), (Al-Jazeera)
  • 27 Mar 2015 2015 military intervention in Yemen: A Middle Eastern coalition led by the Saudi Arabian army and Egyptian navy attacks positions in Yemen for the second successive day, resulting in at least ten deaths in Saada Governorate. Saudi Arabia declares that it will enforce a "no-fly zone". (CNN)
  • 28 Mar 2015 2015 military intervention in Yemen: Saudi airstrikes continue in Yemen for the third successive day while ground fighting occurs in Aden. Saudi Arabia claims to be in full control of Yemen's airspace. (Al-Jazeera)Saudi planes evacuate a United Nations mission from the Yemeni capital Sana'a. (Al-Arabiyah)
  • 29 Mar 2015 2015 military intervention in Yemen: Pakistan sends a Boeing 747 to evacuate Pakistani nationals concerned about their security. The plane will be allowed into the country despite the no-fly zone declared by Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
  • 30 Mar 2015 Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): The People's Republic of China evacuates its citizens from Yemen due to concerns over declining security. (AP)2015 military intervention in Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes hit a refugee camp near a military installation in the northern Harad District killing 21 people. Houthi militants make gains in Hadi's last bastion, Aden. (Reuters)
  • 31 Mar 2015 Landslides in India's Jammu and Kashmir state kill at least six people and leave sixteen others missing. (BBC)

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A Girl Like Her

A Girl Like Her

Release year: 2015

Directed by: Amy S. Weber

Starring: Lexi Ainsworth, Hunter King, Jimmy Bennett, Amy S. Weber

The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride

Release year: 2015

Directed by: George Tillman Jr.

Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston

The Invitation

The Invitation

Release year: 2015

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard

Hello, My Name Is Doris

Hello, My Name Is Doris

Release year: 2015

Directed by: Michael Showalter

Starring: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Wendi McLendon-Covey


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The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

The Accidental Empress


A New York Times bestseller, the love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph is “captivating, absorbing, and beautifully told” (Kathleen Grissom).The

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning


Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black …

Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon

Girl In A Band


Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood,

It'S What I Do by Lynsey Addario

It'S What I Do


"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir."--Kirkus (starred review)War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl


New York Times bestseller! An unforgettable novel about a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, told “with humor and optimism…through the eyes of an irresistible