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1934Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars

1986Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

1971Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden

1987Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic

1958William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

1930Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"

1981Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic

1983President Reagan calls the USSR an "Evil Empire"

1998The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award

1978The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

19806th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

1964Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam

March 8th Historical Events
Date Event
1586
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt becomes Dutch chief legal advisor 
1658
Peace of Roskilde between Sweden & Denmark 
1702
England: Queen Anne ascends throne upon death of King William III 
1706
Vienna's Wiener Stadtbank established 
1711
Antoin de Guiscard tries English premier Haley for murder 
1722
Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud occupies Persia 
1746
Duke of Cumberland's troops occupy Aberdeen 
1754
Marquis of Ensenada becomes premier of Spain 
1766
Willem V (18) becomes governor of United Provinces 
1777
Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt. 
1782
Gnadenhutten Massacre - Ohio militia kills 90 indians 
1801
British drive French forces from Abukir, Egypt 
1813
1st concerto of Royal Philharmonic 
1817
The New York Stock Exchange is founded. 
1838
US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes) 
1844
King Oscar I ascends to the throne of Sweden-Norway. 
1854
US Commodore Matthew C Perry's 2nd trip to Japan 
1855
1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls 
1861
St Augustine Florida surrenders to Union armies 
1862
Battle of Elkhorn Tavern ends with Confederate withdrawal 
1862
Confederate ironclad "Merrimack" launched 
1862
Naval Engagement at Hampton Roads, VA CSS Virginia, Jamestown & Yorktown vs USS Cumberland, Congress & Monitor 
1865
Battle of Kingston, NC (Wilcox's ridge, Wise's Forks) 
1867
The British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, and would serve as a constitution for Canada for the next 100 years 
1884
1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Piano suite 
1884
Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Anthony's argument came 16 years after legislators had first introduced a federal women's suffrage amendment. 
1887
Everett Horton, CT, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes 
1894
The state of New York enacts the nation's first dog-licensing law. 
1896
Volunteers of America forms (NYC) 
1898
Richard Straus' "Don Quixote" premieres in Keulen 
1900
NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee) 
1902
1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony 
1904
Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick in his final Test Cricket match 
1906
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Smiths Falls (Ont) in 2 games 
1908
Dutch utopist Frederick of Eden speaks in Carnegie Hall, NY 
1910
Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris is 1st licensed female pilot 
1911
International Women's Day is launched in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany. 
1913
Federal League organizes with 6 teams 
1913
Internal Revenue Service begins to levy & collect income taxes 
1915
1st US navy minelayer, Baltimore, commissioned 
1916
US invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime 
1918
The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic. 
1920
Denmark & Cuba join the League of Nations 
1921
Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid. 
1924
Coal mine explosion kills 171 at Castle Gate Utah 
1927
Pan American Airlines incorporates 
1929
US worker union commission reports of slavery in Liberia 
1930
Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth" 
1934
Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars 
1936
The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida. 
1939
Lenore Coffee & William Joyce Cowan's "Family Portrait" premieres 
1941
1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies) 
1942
Japanese forces captures Rangoon Burma 
1942
KNIL, Dutch colonial army on Java, surrenders to Japanese armies 
1943
335 allied bombers attack German city of Nuremberg, a centre for military production 
1943
Limited gambling legalized in Mexico 
1943
US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill 
1943
US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Arthur Vaughn 
1944
US resumes bombing Berlin 
1945
"Kiss Me Kate" opens in Britain 
1945
53 Amsterdammers executed by nazi occupiers 
1945
International Women's Day is 1st observed 
1945
Phyllis M Daley is 1st black nurse sworn-in as US Navy ensign 
1946
1st helicopter licensed for coml use (NYC) 
1948
US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that relgious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional 
1949
WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1949
WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting 
1950
1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters) 
1951
Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel) 
1952
Antoine Pinay forms French government 
1953
"Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 90 performances 
1953
Census indicates 239,000 farmers gave up farming in last 2 years 
1953
KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1953
Patty Berg wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open 
1953
WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1954
Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia 
1957
1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston 
1957
Israeli troops leave Egypt; Suez Canal re-opened for minor ships 
1957
USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test 
1958
Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita 
1958
William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters 
1959
Groucho, Chico & Harpo's final TV appearance together 
1959
KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1959
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open 
1959
Pro-Egyptian coup fails in Mosul Iraq 
1960
"Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances 
1961
Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary" premieres in NYC 
1961
US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from SC in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs 
1962
Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC) 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1963
Syrian Arab Rep Revolution Day - Military coup in Syria 
1964
Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam 
1965
1st US combat forces arrive in Vietnam (3,500 Marines) 
1966
"Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances 
1966
An IRA bomb destroyed Nelson's Column in Dublin 
1966
Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame 
1967
New Orleans Saints begin selling season tickets (20,000 sold 1st day) 
1968
6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Md) 
1968
Fillmore East opens 
1968
Students demonstrate in Warsaw 
1970
WTCI TV channel 45 in Chattanooga, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1971
Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden 
1971
Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record) 
1971
Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" 
1971
Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man was killed; the feud between the two wings of the IRA had been developing since the split in 1970 
1972
1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa) 
1972
1st flight of the Goodyear blimp 
1973
Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest/US longest, opens 
1973
Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis 
1973
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1973
The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country 
1974
Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France 
1975
Royal Canadian Mint announces branch opening in Winnipeg Manitoba 
1976
1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China 
1977
Henry L Marsh III elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia 
1977
Princess Anne announces she's expecting her 1st child (Peter) 
1978
The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4. 
1979
1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io) 
1979
China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam 
1979
Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale 
1980
6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV) 
1980
Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad 
1980
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1980
The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union. 
1981
"Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 perfs 
1981
Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game 
1981
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic 
1983
House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR 
1983
IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0 
1983
President Reagan calls the USSR an "Evil Empire" 
1985
Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS) 
1986
4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon 
1986
Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km 
1986
Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million 
1987
17th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,184,425 
1987
David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust 
1987
FBI apprehends most wanted Claude L Dallas, Jr in Calif 
1987
Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic 
1987
Nelli Cooman becomes world champion 60m indoor 
1987
"A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years 
1989
"Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances 
1989
Roger Kingdom runs indoor world record 60m hurdles (7.37 secs) 
1990
NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 1st victim, Mario Orosco 
1991
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1991
Planeloads of US troops arrive home from the Persian Gulf, Iraq hands over 40 foreign journalists & 2 American soldiers it captured 
1992
22nd Easter Seal Telethon 
1992
Judy Dickinson wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic 
1993
Katharine Hepburn released from the hospital after exhaustion 
1993
Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested again on suspicion of murder 
1994
20th People's Choice Awards: Tom Cruise & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Roseanne Arnold win (TV) 
1994
B737 collides with Ilyushin-86 in New Dehli, at least 8 killed 
1994
US Defense Department announces smoking ban in workplaces 
1994
Train accident at Pinetown, Natal, kills 47 
1995
-26°F (-32.2°C) in Bismarck, North Dakota 
1995
-44°F (-42.2°C) in Chosedacharad, Komi-district, on 67°N 
1995
Costis Stephanopoulos becomes president of Greece 
1995
Dutch Liberal Party wins Provincial-National elections 
1997
11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win 
1998
The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award 
1999
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing. 
2004
A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council. 
2012
Greece secures debt-restructuring deal with private lenders 
2012
Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles over safety concerns 
2013
North Korea terminates all peace pacts with South Korea 
2014
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history 
2016
Nike, TAG Heuer, Porsche suspend ties with Sharapova 
2016
South Korea announces unilateral sanctions on North Korea 
2016
UN says wary of any mass return of refugees under EU-Turkey deal 
2016
Drug in Sharapova doping case used by Soviet troops in 1980s 
2016
North Korea's Kim says country has miniaturised nuclear warhead 
2016
Palestinian kills US tourist in stabbing spree on Tel Aviv boardwalk 
2017
Dirk Nowitzki Becomes First International Player to Reach 30000 points in NBA 
2017
At Least 4 Killed as Train Barrels Into Charter Bus in Biloxi 
2017
Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago's Public Schools 
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