Foot-and-mouth disease spreads
March 20, 1997: The Council of Agriculture (COA, 農委會) confirms the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic among swine. First found in a sow in a Hsinchu farm, the disease spreads fast and leads to the culling of 3.8 million pigs. Foreign markets halt imports from Taiwan, and only a few countries partially resume pork imports in the following years. The COA estimates the outbreak caused economic losses of more than NT$100 billion.
Beijing opera master dies
March 18, 1962: Chi Jushan (齊如山), Chinese theater theorist, dies of a heart attack in Taipei at the age of 86. Chi, a prolific playwright, was known for his extensive research in Beijing opera. He examined the art with a systematic approach in books including The Organization of Chinese Opera (中國劇之組織) and The Study of The Art of Chinese Opera (國劇藝術匯考).