News Events of 1999
3-4-1999 -- Air Force pilot Richard Asby was acquitted of manslaughter charges stemming from an accident last year in which 20 people fell to their deaths in Italy when Ashby's low-flying plane cut a gondola cable.
3-4-1999 -- Dion Wayne Sanders was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the Dec. 21, 1997 shotgun slaying of his grandparents in East Dayton.
3-8-1999 -- Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio died at 84.
3-9-1999 -- Gov. Bob Taft promised more funding for schools in his first State of the State address.
3-10-1999 -- Trotwood police shot Timothy Thomas, 49, who was wanted for questioning in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy. Police said Thomas pointed a gun at them as he exited his van.
3-12-1999 -- Montgomery County Republican Chairman Jeff Jacobson called for the resignation of County Recorder Joy Clark, also a Republican, in response to reports that Clark is rarely in her office.
3-12-1999 -- U.S. Marine Pfc. Shaun M. Duckworth, who is from Fairborn, was acquitted of hazing-related charges after a court-martial trial. Duckworth, 22, and two co-defendants were accused of tying the wrists and ankles of a fellow Marine as part of an initiation ritual. It took the Marine several hours to free himself and he suffered severe injury to one hand because of lack of circulation.
3-19-1999 -- After a storybook basketball season Miami University fell to the University of Kentucky in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The Miami team was led by Wally Szczerbiak.
3-20-1999 -- As international monitors pulled out of Kosovo in anticipation of NATO bombing, the Yugoslav Army launched a furious offensive against ethnic Albanian rebels, sending thousands of civilians fleeing from their homes.
3-20-1999 -- Chaminade-Julienne girls and Alter boys both won Division II basketball championships. Ohio State made it to the Final Four with a win over St. John.
3-20-1999 -- Switzerland's Bertrand Picard and Brian Jones of Britain made history when they completed the first nonstop balloon flight around the world.
3-21-1999 -- "Shakespeare in Love" won the Best Picture Oscar as well as both actress awards for Gwyneth Paltrow and Judi Dench. Roberto Benigni won Best Actor for "Life is Beautiful." The directing award went to Steven Spielberg for "Saving Private Ryan" and James Coburn won Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Affliction."
3-24-1999 -- NATO air strikes began in Serbia as cruise missiles and guided bombs struck power plants, anti-aircraft sites, army barracks and other military targets in an effort to force Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to accept a peace agreement in Kosovo.
3-31-1999 -- Three U.S. soldiers were captured by Yugoslav forces along the Macedonian border.