United States Declares War on Iraq

On March 19th, President George W. Bush declares war on Iraq. Operation Iraqi Freedom begins at 9:30 PM EST. US-led air strikes and ground attacks advance military positions throughout the end of the month, and American tanks roll into Baghdad on April 5, 2003. Resistance is weaker than expected and Iraqi casualties are high.

George Miller dies at age 61 in Los Angeles on March 5th. Miller, a popular stand-up comedian and television writer, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman 56 times, more than any other comic to date.

The World Health Organization announces severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a worldwide health threat on March 15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims the root of the illness is a previously unrecognized virus from the corona virus family.

St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, aims to celebrate goodwill to all that is Irish. Break out some green food coloring and clothes, find the nearest Irish pub, and ... well... you're on your own from there....

Approximately 1,000 soldiers attack Kandahar, Afghanistan on March 20. The operation is designed to root out al-Qaeda members, and it's the largest military action of the of the year in Afghanistan.

March 23rd ushers in a new year for Oscar as the Academy Awards are presented at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. Best picture is "Chicago," while best actor goes to Adrian Brody for his performance in "The Pianist." Best actress goes to Nicole Kidman for her role in "The Hours," and best supporting actor and actress awards go to Chris Cooper and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Best director goes to Roman Polanski for "The Pianist."

Here are some links for March: 

  • CNN.com: Bush Declares War on Iraq - The popular news network offers a complete transcript of President Bush's address to the nation on March 19, 2003. Includes video clips, maps and a time line of the conflict. 
  • St. Patrick's Day Customs & Traditions - Get information about the religious figure as well as details about the customs surrounding the celebration. 
  • Oscars.com: Academy Awards - Official site from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences proffers background info about the ceremony plus news, rules, photos and more.