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March 2016

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in March 2016.
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 2016: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2016?


  • 01 Mar 2016 War in Donbass: Three soldiers are killed and two others are injured after a Ukrainian military truck was blown up in the eastern part of Luhansk Oblast. (Ukraine Today)
  • 02 Mar 2016 One Chinese national is killed and three others injured in a possible militant attack on a Chinese-invested company in Laos, the official Xinhua News Agency reports. (Reuters)
  • 03 Mar 2016 DHKP/C insurgency in Turkey: Istanbul police, after a standoff, shoot and kill two women from the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front suspected of ambushing a riot police station in the Bayrampaşa neighborhood on the city’s European side. Two policemen were injured. (The Washington Post)
  • 04 Mar 2016 Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A Libyan spokesperson says two Italian hostages are freed by local fighters from Islamic State custody in Sabratha, Libya. He also confirms that two other Italian hostages were recently killed during local forces clashes with IS militants. (AP via ABC News)
  • 05 Mar 2016 Taliban insurgency: The Afghan Taliban releases a statement rejecting peace talks with the government of Afghanistan until foreign forces stop attacking their positions and withdraw from the country. Direct peace talks between the government and the Taliban were expected to take place in Islamabad, Pakistan next week. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 06 Mar 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): A suicide bomber kills at least 60 people and wounds 70 others after ramming his explosives-laden truck into a security checkpoint at one of the entrances to the Iraqi city of Hillah, south of Baghdad. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (Reuters) (FOX News) (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 07 Mar 2016 Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002-present): At least 50 people are killed, including 33 militants, seven civilians and ten soldiers, in armed clashes between the Tunisian Army and Islamist militants in the town of Ben Gardane, near the border with Libya. (Reuters) (Al-Jazeera) (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 08 Mar 2016 Spillover of the Syrian Civil War: Mortar shells fired from Syria kill at least one person and injure another in the Turkish border town of Kilis. (Reuters)
  • 09 Mar 2016 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban militants attack government offices in the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan, with at least 10 killed, including seven of the attackers. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 10 Mar 2016 Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon: Clashes between the Lebanese Army and jihadist militants near the village of Ras Baalbek in northeast Lebanon, close to the Syrian border, leaves one soldier and eight militants dead. (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 11 Mar 2016 Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present): The Algerian Army kills three suspected Islamist militants near the eastern city of El Oued and seizes a large quantity of weapons, including six anti-aircraft missiles. (Reuters)
  • 12 Mar 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Use of chemical weapons in the Iraqi Civil War: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fire mortars containing an unidentified chemical agent killing one and injuring 600 in Taza Khurmatu, Iraq. (FOX News) (NASDAQ)
  • 13 Mar 2016 March 2016 Ankara bombing: An explosion occurs in central Ankara, Turkey, with at least 34 people killed and 125 wounded. (The Independent) (The Telegraph)
  • 14 Mar 2016 March 2016 Ankara bombing: Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala says the results of the investigation into yesterday's bombing in Ankara will be made public later today. Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu says 125 people were transported to a hospital, with 19 in critical condition. Two Kurdish militants have been blamed for the bombing. (BBC) ( (Fox News)
  • 15 Mar 2016 2016 Brussels police raids: Belgian security forces hunt gunmen linked to the November 2015 Paris attacks following a raid on a house in Brussels which left four officers wounded and one suspect dead after an exchange of gunfire. Roads have been blocked off in the Belgian capital's southern suburb of Forest as one or more gunmen remain at large. (The Independent) (Irish Times)
  • 16 Mar 2016 War in North-West Pakistan: 2016 Peshawar bus bombing: A bomb detonates in a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 15 and injuring at least 54. (AP via CBS)
  • 17 Mar 2016 Iraqi Civil War, Syrian Civil War: The United States Secretary of State John Kerry says ISIL has committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shias in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq. (BBC)The Islamic State reports commander Hassan Aboud has died of wounds sustained about two weeks ago in a battle near Aleppo, Syria. He was injured when a vehicle he was in struck a roadside bomb near Khanaser. (The New York Times)
  • 18 Mar 2016 Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present): Boko Haram and al-Qaeda kill four security force personnel in two separate attacks in Niger. (BBC)
  • 19 Mar 2016 March 2016 Istanbul bombing: An explosion occurs in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, kills five people, including two dual citizenship Israeli-Americans and one Iranian citizen, and injures several dozen others. (Sputnik International), (Al Jazeera), (Hürriyet Daily News) (AP via
  • 20 Mar 2016 March 2016 Istanbul bombing: Turkish authorities name a Turkish man with alleged ties to the Islamic State responsible for this weekend's suicide bombing in Istanbul. (The Washington Post)
  • 21 Mar 2016 A man detonates a grenade inside a bakery in Belgrade, Serbia, killing himself. No other casualties were reported. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 22 Mar 2016 2016 Brussels bombings: Three explosions in the Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station kill at least 34 people and wound at least 170 more, according to Belgian media. Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw cautions it is too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility. (BBC) (CNN) (CNN²) (The New York Times)
  • 23 Mar 2016 Van Leeuw says 31 people died and 271 are injured in the bombings. (UPI)
  • 24 Mar 2016 Starboard Value LP, an activist hedge fund, begins a proxy contest to oust the entire board of directors of internet pioneer Yahoo. (Reuters)
  • 25 Mar 2016 Aftermath of the 2016 Brussels bombings: Six suspects are arrested in the Brussels Schaerbeek district. (BBC) (CNN)Belgian officials confirm 24-year-old suicide bomber Najim Laachraoui, who also used the pseudonym Soufiane Kayawas, was suspected of being the bomb-maker who supplied suicide vests for the November 13, 2015, Paris attacks. (NBC News)
  • 26 Mar 2016 Syrian Civil War: Palmyra offensive (March 2016): Syrian troops advance into Palmyra on multiple fronts with the help of Russian airstrikes and take several neighbourhoods, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. However they were unable to encircle the city. (BBC)
  • 27 Mar 2016 Syrian Civil War: Palmyra offensive (March 2016): The Syrian Army takes full control of Palmyra after heavy fighting with ISIL forces, according to a Syrian military source. (Sky News)
  • 28 Mar 2016 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban fighters fire explosives at Afghanistan's Parliament while it is in session. Members of Parliament said no one was wounded while a Taliban spokesperson claims it caused heavy casualities. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Mar 2016 2016 Brussels bombings: Belgium officials lower the official death toll from 35 to 32, with nearly 100 still hospitalized. (UPI)Brussels Zaventem International Airport CEO Arnaud Feist says the airport will reopen at less than a quarter capacity Wednesday, as ongoing tests determine which flights can resume. It could take months for the airport to return to full capacity, Feist added. (UPI)
  • 30 Mar 2016 Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Blasts and gunfire are reported in Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • 31 Mar 2016 Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015–present): Israeli security forces arrest 16 Palestinian suspects on the West Bank. (Jerusalem Post)

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Miracles from Heaven

Miracles from Heaven

Release year: 2016

Directed by: Patricia Riggen

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino

Everybody Wants Some!!

Everybody Wants Some!!

Release year: 2016

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch

Show Yourself

Show Yourself

Release year: 2016

Directed by: Billy Ray Brewton

Starring: Ben Hethcoat, Corsica Wilson, Barak Hardley, Stephen Cone

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Release year: 2016

Written by:

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Country: United States of America

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Which were the most popular books released in March 2016?
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.Despite

The Gangster by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

The Gangster


Turn-of-the-century Detective Isaac Bell takes on the upstart leader of a vicious crime organization in this novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series. It is 1906, and in New York City, the Italian crime group known as the Black …

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight


The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in this #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Living Forward by Michael Hyatt, Daniel Harkavy

Living Forward


Each of us has but one life to live on this earth. What we do with it is our choice. Are we drifting through it as spectators, reacting to our circumstances when necessary and wondering just how we got to …

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched


Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who...always remains true to herself” (Library Journal). Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...