What Happened On This Day In History: 8th March

Also popularly known all over the world as the International Women’s Day, March 8th is the 67th day of a calendar year (68th day in a leap year). Some of the major events that happened on this day in history are as follows:

In the 1600s:

In 1618, Johann Kepler discovered the third and the most important Law of Planetary Motion. 

In the 1700s:

It was on this day in 1702, when Queen Anne took upon the throne after the death of King William III. She then became the ruler of England, Scotland as well as Ireland. 

In the 1800s:

  • In 1817, the New York Stock Exchange was founded at 11 Wall Street in New York City, becoming the largest stock exchange in the entire world. 
  • On March 8th in 1855, a train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, connecting the falls in Ontario to that in New York. 
  • On this day in 1894, the state of New York saw the enactment of a dog license law, which went on to be the first ever animal control law in the United States. 

In the 1900s:

  • It was 1907, when the British House of Commons turned down a women’s Suffrage Bill. 
  • In 1909, Pope Pius X lifted the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary. 
  • In the following year, in 1910, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to get a pilot’s license in France. In the same year, the King of Spain gave women the freedom to attend universities. 
  • In 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in Europe. 
  • In 1917, the February Revolution began in St. Petersburg in Russia. 
  • In 1934, a photo by Edwin Hubble showed to the people that many other galaxies, just like the Milky Way, has stars. 
  • In 1936, for the first time ever, car racing was done in Daytona in the U.S. This went on to become the present-day Daytona 500 Race. 
  • In 1942, during the ongoing second World War, the Japanese troops captured Rangoon in Burma. 
  • Later on, in 1946, in the city of New York, the “Journal American” became the first ever commercial business to obtain a helicopter license. 
  • In 1948, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that religious instructions of any kind in public schools around the country was unconstitutional. 
  • In 1953, on this day, the two-time BJP Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje was born in Mumbai. 
  • In 1954, Vietnam, along with France opened discussions in Paris regarding a treaty which would enable the formation of the state of Indochina. In the same year, Herb McKenley set the world record when he ran a quarter mile in just 46.8 seconds. 
  • In 1957, the Egypt Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea was re-opened to international borders by Egypt. 
  • On this day in 1961, Max Conrad circled the world in just 8 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in the Piper Aztec, setting a record. 
  • In 1973, two major bombs exploded near Britain’s Trafalgar Square, injuring as many as 234 people. The same year, the Eisenhower Tunnel, named after the 34th President of the United States and World War II general Dwight D. Eisenhower, opened 60 kilometres west of Denver in Colorado. It became the world’s highest as well as the longest tunnel in the U.S. 
  • IN 1976, the largest observed stony meteorite, weighing 1,774 kilograms, fell in Jilin in China. 
  • In 1978, the first ever radio episode of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was transmitted on BBC Radio 4. 
  • In 1979, Philips and Sony developed the first ever CD, and presented it to the public.  

During the 2000s and 2010s:

In 2005, the Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov was killed during a raid by the Russian forces in northern Chechnya. 

In 2014, the infamous Malaysian Airline Flight MH370, with 239 people lost contact with ground force and disappeared into nothingness, prompting what became the most expensive search effort in all of history. It also went on to become one of the most enduring and mind-boggling aviation mysteries ever. 

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