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Calendar for March 8th, 2014

Every Year

  • International (working) Women's Day

  • International Women's Day

  • 1700s

  • Died 1702: King William III

  • 1790s

  • Born 1799: Simon Cameron (Pennsylvania political boss, U.S. senator, Secretary of War)

  • 1840s

  • Born 1841: Oliver Wendell Holmes (Supreme Court justice)

  • 1850s

  • 1855: First train crossed Niagara Railway Suspension bridge

  • Born 1859: Kenneth Grahame (author)

  • 1860s

  • 1862: Confederate ironclad frigate Virginia (formerly Merrimack) sunk Union ship Cumberland at Hampton Roads, Virginia (U.S. Civil War)

  • 1870s

  • Died 1874: Millard Fillmore (13th U.S. president)

  • 1880s

  • 1887: Everett Horton patented a fishing rod with telescoping metal tubes

  • 1890s

  • 1894: The first state dog licensing law in the United States was passed in New York state

  • 1920s

  • Born 1924: Sam Jaffee (journalist)

  • 1930s

  • Died 1930: William Howard Taft (27th U.S. president)

  • 1930: Yankee slugger Babe Ruth signed an $80,000 per year (2-year, $160,000) contract

  • Born 1933: Johnny Dollar (country singer)

  • Born 1938: Lew DeWitt (singer, Statler Brothers)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1943: Lynn Redgrave (actress)

  • Born 1945: Micky Dolenz (musician, actor, & director)

  • 1948: U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional

  • 1950s

  • Born 1953: Jim Rice (baseball player)

  • Born 1959: Aidan Quinn (actor)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1963: Kathy Ireland (model & actress)

  • 1965: First U.S. ground combat troops arrived in Vietnam

  • 1965: First year free for students from Newfoundland at Memorial University, N.L.

  • 1970s

  • 1971: Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight boxing championship in New York

  • Born 1976: Freddie Prinze Jr. (actor)

  • 1976: Meteorites fell in northeastern China, with the largest fragment weighing about 3,900 pounds, perhaps largest in recorded history

  • Born 1977: James Van Der Beek (actor)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1984: Bob, Dave, & Clint Moffatt (musicians, of The Moffatts)

  • 1989: Daily artillery barrages between Christian and Syrian forces and their militia allies began in Beirut. At least 930 died before cease-fire took hold in September

  • 1990s

  • Born 1991: Devon Werkheiser (actor)

  • 1994: Wheeled suitcase with collapsible towing handle patented

  • Died 1999: Joe DiMaggio (baseball player)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2003: Elliott Jaques (scientist who coined the term "midlife crisis")

  • 2004: The body of actor-writer Spalding Gray was pulled from New York's East River, two months after he walked out of his Manhattan apartment and disappeared

  • Died 2004: Robert Pastorelli (actor)

  • Died 2007: John Inman (actor)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Victor Manuel Blanco (astronomer who helped build the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile)

  • 2016: Total Eclipse of the Sun


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