What happened on March 8? There are more than 293 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About March 8

March 8 In HistoryMarch 8 is the 67th day of the year 2021. There are 298 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 10th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Monroe, Ohio 45050 sunrise will occur at 06:58 AM and sunset will occur at 06:37 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 330 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For March 8

  • 1010
    Ferdowsi completes his Shāhnāmeh.
  • 1126
    Following the death of his mother Urraca, Alfonso VII is proclaimed king of Castile and León.
  • 1618
    Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.
  • 1655
    John Casor becomes the first legally-recognized slave in England’s North American colonies.
  • 1702
    Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, becomes Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
  • 1722
    The Safavid Empire of Iran is defeated by an army from Afghanistan at The Battle of Gulnabad, pushing Iran into anarchy.
  • 1736
    Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, is crowned Shah of Iran.
  • 1775
    An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes “African Slavery in America”, the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
  • 1777
    Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt.
  • 1782
    Gnadenhütten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity are killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
  • 1817
    The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
  • 1844
    King Oscar I ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The iron-clad Ship CSS (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
  • 1868
    Sakai incident: Japanese samurai kill 11 French sailors in the port of Sakai near Osaka.
  • 1910
    French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot’s license.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    World War I: A British force unsuccessfully attempts to relieve the siege of Kut (present-day Iraq) in the Battle of Dujaila.
  • 1917
    International Women’s Day protests in St. Petersburg mark the beginning of the February Revolution (so named because it was February on the Julian calendar).
  • 1917
    The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
  • 1920
    The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established.
  • 1921
    Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.
  • 1924
    The Castle Gate mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.
  • 1936
    Daytona Beach Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
  • 1937
    Spanish Civil War: The Battle of Guadalajara begins.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Dutch surrender to Japanese forces on Java.
  • 1949
    Mildred Gillars (“Axis Sally”) is condemned to prison for treason
  • 1957
    Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
  • 1957
    Ghana joins the United Nations.
  • 1957
    The 1957 Georgia Memorial to Congress, which petitions the U.S. Congress to declare the ratification of the 14th & 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution null and void, is adopted by the U.S. state of Georgia.
  • 1963
    The Ba'ath Party comes to power in Syria in a coup d'état by a clique of quasi-leftist Syrian Army officers calling themselves the National Council of the Revolutionary Command.
  • 1966
    A bomb planted by young Irish protesters destroys Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin.
  • 1974
    Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France.
  • 1978
    The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
  • 1979
    Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
  • 1983
    President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union an “evil empire”.
  • 1985
    A failed assassination attempt on Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon, kills at least 45 and injures 175 others.
  • 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.

Who Were Born On March 8?

  • 1286
    John III, Duke of Brittany (d. 1341)
  • 1293
    Beatrice of Castile, queen of Portugal (d. 1359)
  • 1495
    John of God, Portuguese-born friar and saint (d. 1550)
  • 1514
    Amago Haruhisa, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1562)
  • 1566
    Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian composer (d. 1613)
  • 1659
    Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (d. 1738)
  • 1702
    Anne Bonny, Irish-American pirate (d. 1782)
  • 1712
    John Fothergill, English physician (d. 1780)
  • 1714
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer (d. 1788)
  • 1726
    Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, Royal Navy admiral of the fleet (d. 1799)
  • 1746
    André Michaux, French botanist (d. 1802)
  • 1748
    William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic (d. 1806)
  • 1783
    Hannah Van Buren, wife of Martin Van Buren (d. 1819)
  • 1799
    Simon Cameron, 26th U.S. Secretary of War (d. 1889)
  • 1804
    Alvan Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (d. 1887)
  • 1814
    Ede Szigligeti, Hungarian dramatist (d. 1878)
  • 1822
    Ignacy Lukasiewicz, Polish inventor (d. 1882)
  • 1827
    Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (d. 1875)
  • 1830
    João de Deus, Portuguese poet (d. 1896)
  • 1841
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 1935)
  • 1847
    John Lister, English politician (d. 1933)
  • 1856
    Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (d. 1929)
  • 1856
    Colin Campbell Cooper, American Impressionist painter (d. 1937)
  • 1859
    Kenneth Grahame, English author (d. 1932)
  • 1865
    Frederic Goudy, American type designer (d. 1947)
  • 1872
    Anna Held, Polish actress and singer (d. 1918)
  • 1879
    Otto Hahn, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1968)
  • 1886
    Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1972)
  • 1891
    Sam Jaffe, American actor (d. 1984)
  • 1892
    Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet (d. 1979)
  • 1892
    Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist (d. 1966)
  • 1896
    Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician (d. 1975)
  • 1897
    Damerla Rama Rao, Indian artist, (d. 1925)
  • 1899
    Elmer Keith, American firearms developer (d. 1984)
  • 1900
    Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (d. 1973)
  • 1902
    Jennings Randolph, America politician, United States Senator from West Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1902
    Louise Beavers, American actress (d. 1962)
  • 1907
    Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician (d. 1998)
  • 1910
    Bernard Benjamin, British statistician (d. 2002)
  • 1910
    Claire Trevor, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1911
    Alan Hovhaness, American composer (d. 2000)
  • 1912
    Preston Smith, America politician, 40th Governor of Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1914
    Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (d. 1987)
  • 1915
    Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • 1916
    John W. Seybold, American businessman, father of computer typesetting (d. 2004)
  • 1920
    Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (d. 1985)
  • 1921
    Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1921
    Fritz Luchsinger, Swiss mountaineer (d. 1983)
  • 1922
    Carl Furillo, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1922
    Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (d. 2008)
  • 1922
    Ralph H. Baer, German-born American inventor
  • 1922
    Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and manga artist
  • 1922
    Yevgeny Matveyev, Russian actor and film director (d. 2003)
  • 1924
    Georges Charpak, Ukrainian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2010)
  • 1925
    Warren Bennis, American educator and author
  • 1926
    Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor (d. 2001)
  • 1927
    Dick Hyman, American pianist and composer
  • 1929
    Hebe Camargo, Brazilian television presenter, actress and singer
  • 1930
    Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1931
    John McPhee, American writer and professor
  • 1931
    Neil Adcock, South African Cricket player
  • 1931
    Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
  • 1933
    Evelyn Margaret Ay, American beauty pageant winner (d. 2008)
  • 1933
    Luca Ronconi, Italian theater and opera director
  • 1934
    Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1936
    Gábor Szabó, Hungarian guitarist (d. 1982)
  • 1937
    Juvénal Habyarimana, President of Rwanda (d. 1994)
  • 1937
    Richard Farina, American folksinger (d. 1966)
  • 1938
    Bruno Pizzul, Italian sports journalist
  • 1938
    Pete Dawkins, American football player
  • 1939
    Jim Bouton, American baseball player and author
  • 1939
    Lidia Skoblikova, Russian skater
  • 1939
    Robert Tear, Welsh tenor
  • 1940
    Susan Clark, Canadian actress
  • 1941
    Andrei Mironov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
  • 1942
    Ann Packer, British athlete
  • 1942
    Dick Allen, American baseball player
  • 1943
    Dionysis Simopoulos, Greek physicist and astronomer
  • 1943
    Lynn Redgrave, English actress (d. 2010)
  • 1944
    Buzz Hargrove, Canadian labour leader
  • 1944
    Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1944
    Pepe Romero, Spanish guitarist
  • 1944
    Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • 1945
    Anselm Kiefer, German painter
  • 1945
    Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 1945
    Jim Chapman, American politician
  • 1945
    Micky Dolenz, American musician (The Monkees)
  • 1946
    Randy Meisner, American musician (The Eagles)
  • 1947
    Carole Bayer Sager, American composer
  • 1947
    Florentino Pérez, Spanish football executive
  • 1947
    Mike Allsup, American musician (Three Dog Night)
  • 1948
    Gyles Brandreth, British broadcaster and former Conservative Member of Parliament
  • 1948
    Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
  • 1948
    Peggy March, American pop singer
  • 1949
    Antonello Venditti, Italian singer-songwriter
  • 1949
    Karel Lismont, Belgian athlete
  • 1950
    Dimitris Spentzopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1950
    Richard Ouzounian, Canadian/American theatre director and critic
  • 1952
    George Felix Allen, American politician, 67th Governor of Virginia
  • 1953
    Don Werner, American baseball player
  • 1953
    Jim Rice, American baseball player
  • 1954
    Bob Brozman, American musician
  • 1954
    Cheryl Baker, British singer (Bucks Fizz)
  • 1954
    David Wilkie, Scottish swimmer
  • 1955
    Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1981)
  • 1956
    John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • 1956
    Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (d. 1989)
  • 1957
    Billy Childs, composer/pianist
  • 1957
    Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
  • 1957
    Clive Burr, British musician (Iron Maiden)
  • 1957
    Cynthia Rothrock, American actress
  • 1957
    John Butcher, American baseball player
  • 1958
    Gary Numan, British singer
  • 1958
    Nick Capra, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Aidan Quinn, American actor
  • 1959
    Lester Holt, American television journalist
  • 1960
    Buck Williams, American basketball player
  • 1960
    Max Metzker, Australian swimmer
  • 1961
    Camryn Manheim, American actress
  • 1961
    Larry Murphy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Mark Salas, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Kim Ung-Yong, Korean child prodigy
  • 1963
    Mike Lalor, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1964
    Cheryl James, American performer (Salt-n-Pepa)
  • 1964
    Kate Betts, American fashion editor
  • 1964
    Lance McCullers, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Thomas Bezucha, American screenwriter and director
  • 1965
    Fátima Lopes, Portuguese fashion designer
  • 1965
    Kenny Smith, American basketball player
  • 1967
    Joel Johnston, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Ellen Forney, American cartoonist
  • 1968
    Jim Dougherty, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Michael Bartels, German race car driver
  • 1968
    Shawn Mullins, American musician
  • 1970
    Andrea Parker, American actress, ballet dancer
  • 1970
    Jason Elam, American football player
  • 1971
    Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • 1972
    Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • 1972
    Fergal O'Brien, Irish snooker player
  • 1972
    Georgios Georgiadis, Greek footballer
  • 1973
    Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • 1973
    Boris Kodjoe, Austrian model
  • 1973
    Justin Thompson, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Kurt Mollekens, Belgian racing car driver
  • 1973
    Mark Lukasiewicz, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Mike Moriarty, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Fardeen Khan, Indian actor
  • 1975
    Mauro Briano, Italian footballer
  • 1975
    Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • 1976
    Freddie Prinze Jr., American actor
  • 1976
    Gaz Coombes, English singer (Supergrass)
  • 1976
    Hines Ward, American football player
  • 1976
    Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Ryan Freel, American baseball player
  • 1977
    James Van Der Beek, American actor
  • 1977
    Johann Vogel, Swiss footballer
  • 1978
    Mohammed Bouyeri, Dutch-Moroccan assassin
  • 1978
    Nick Zano, American actor
  • 1979
    Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • 1979
    João Martins, Portuguese artist
  • 1979
    Tom Chaplin, English singer (Keane)
  • 1980
    Charli Delaney, Australian singer (Hi-5)
  • 1980
    Stephen Milne, Australian rules footballer
  • 1981
    Joost Posthuma, Dutch professional cyclist
  • 1981
    Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
  • 1981
    Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (d. 2005)
  • 1982
    Craig Stansberry, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Kat Von D, Mexican-born tattoo artist
  • 1982
    Leonidas Kampantais, Greek footballer
  • 1982
    Nicolas Armindo, French race car driver
  • 1983
    André Santos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983
    Mark Worrell, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Dave Moffatt, Canadian musician
  • 1984
    Rafik Djebbour, Algerian footballer
  • 1984
    Ross Taylor, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1984
    Sasha Vujačić, Slovenian basketball player
  • 1985
    Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
  • 1986
    Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, Japanese princess
  • 1988
    Armanti Edwards, American college football player
  • 1989
    Robbie Hummel, American basketball player
  • 1990
    Ben Tozer, English footballer
  • 1990
    Kristinia DeBarge, American R&B singer
  • 1990
    Petra Kvitová, Czech tennis player
  • 1991
    Devon Werkheiser, American actor
  • 1992
    Charlie Ray, American actress

Who Died On March 8?

  • 1126
    Urraca of León (b. 1082)
  • 1144
    Pope Celestine II
  • 1223
    Wincenty Kadłubek, Polish chronicler (b. 1161)
  • 1550
    John of God, Portuguese-born friar and saint (b. 1495)
  • 1641
    Xu Xiake, Chinese adventurer (b. 1587)
  • 1674
    Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French writer (b. 1597)
  • 1702
    William III of England (b. 1650)
  • 1731
    Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor (b. 1688)
  • 1757
    Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1701)
  • 1771
    Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
  • 1819
    Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, American doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
  • 1844
    Charles XIV John of Sweden (b. 1763)
  • 1855
    William Poole, American criminal, member of New York City’s Bowery Boys gang (b. 1821)
  • 1869
    Hector Berlioz, French composer (b. 1803)
  • 1872
    Cornelius Krieghoff, Canadian painter (b. 1815)
  • 1874
    Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (b. 1800)
  • 1887
    Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • 1887
    James Buchanan Eads, American engineer (b. 1820)
  • 1889
    John Ericsson, Swedish inventor (b. 1803)
  • 1907
    Marinos Antypas, Greek lawyer and journalist, one of the country’s first socialists (b. 1872)
  • 1917
    Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German aircraft manufacturer (b. 1838)
  • 1923
    Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch Nobel laureate (b. 1837)
  • 1923
    Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer (b. 1835)
  • 1930
    Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • 1930
    William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (b. 1857)
  • 1935
    Hachiko, world-famous dog (b. 1923)
  • 1937
    Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1941
    Sherwood Anderson, American author (b. 1876)
  • 1942
    José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban chess player (b. 1888)
  • 1945
    Frederick Bligh Bond, English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and psychical researcher (b.1864)
  • 1951
    Martha Beck, American convicted murderer (b. 1920)
  • 1951
    Raymond Fernandez, American convicted murderer (d. 1914)
  • 1957
    Othmar Schoeck, Swiss composer and conductor (b. 1886)
  • 1961
    Thomas Beecham, English conductor (b. 1879)
  • 1971
    Harold Lloyd, American actor (b. 1893)
  • 1972
    Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, German Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • 1973
    Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, American musician (b. 1945)
  • 1975
    George Stevens, American director (b. 1904)
  • 1976
    Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • 1981
    Joseph Henry Woodger, British theoretical biologist (b. 1894)
  • 1983
    William Walton, English composer (b. 1902)
  • 1985
    Edward Andrews, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1986
    Kersti Merilaas, Estonian author, poet (b. 1913)
  • 1988
    Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer (b. 1961)
  • 1988
    Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • 1988
    Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1991
    John Bellairs, American mystery author (b. 1938)
  • 1993
    Billy Eckstine, American musician (b. 1914)
  • 1995
    Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • 1996
    Jack Churchill, eccentric British soldier (b.1906)
  • 1998
    Ray Nitschke, American football player (b. 1936)
  • 1999
    Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)
  • 1999
    William Wrigley III, President of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (b. 1933)
  • 2001
    Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2003
    Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2003
    Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004
    Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (b. 1948)
  • 2004
    Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2005
    Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • 2005
    César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    John Inman, English actor (b. 1935)
  • 2007
    John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • 2008
    Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • 2009
    Ali Bongo, British magician (b. 1929)
  • 2009
    Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • 2011
    Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)

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