Today in History, English
Today in History, English

25981March 8Event1844 – King Oscar I ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
25982March 8Event1862 – American Civil War: The iron-clad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
25983March 8Event1868 – Sakai incident: Japanese samurai kill 11 French sailors in the port of Sakai near Osaka.
25984March 8Event1910 – French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license.
25985March 8Event1911 – 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.
25986March 8Event1914 – First flights (for the Royal Thai Air Force) at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.
25987March 8Event1916 – World War I: A British force unsuccessfully attempts to relieve the siege of Kut (present-day Iraq) in the Battle of Dujaila.
25988March 8Event1917 – 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).
25989March 8Event1917 – The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
25990March 8Event1920 – The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established.
25991March 8Event1921 – Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.
25992March 8Event1924 – The Castle Gate Mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.
25993March 8Event1936 – Daytona Beach and Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
25994March 8Event1937 – Spanish Civil War: The Battle of Guadalajara begins.
25995March 8Event1942 – World War II: Dutch forces surrender to Japanese forces on Java.
25996March 8Event1947 – Thirteen thousand troops of the Republic of China Army arrive in Taiwan after the February 28 Incident and launch crackdowns which kill thousands of people, including many elites. This turns into a major root of the Taiwan independence movement.
25997March 8Event1949 – Mildred Gillars ("Axis Sally") is condemned to prison for treason.
25998March 8Event1949 – President of France Vincent Auriol and ex-emperor Bảo Đại sign the Élysée Accords, giving Vietnam greater independence from France and creating the State of Vietnam to oppose Viet Minh-led Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
25999March 8Event1957 – Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
26000March 8Event1957 – The 1957 Georgia Memorial to Congress, which petitions the U.S. Congress to declare the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution null and void, is adopted by the U.S. state of Georgia.
26001March 8Event1957 – Ghana joins the United Nations.
26002March 8Event1963 – 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.
26003March 8Event1965 – 3,500 United States Marines are the first land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War.
26004March 8Event1966 – A bomb planted by Irish Republican Army militants destroys Nelson's Pillar in Dublin.
26005March 8Event1971 – The Fight of the Century between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali commences. Frazier wins in 15 rounds via unanimous decision.
26006March 8Event1974 – Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France.
26007March 8Event1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
26008March 8Event1979 – Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time.
26009March 8Event1983 – While addressing a convention of Evangelicals, U.S. President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an "evil empire".
26010March 8Event1985 – A supposed failed assassination attempt on Islamic cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon, kills at least 45 and injures 175 others.

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