Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8 in History

March 8 is the 68th day of the year. There are 298 days remaining until the end of the year. 
  • 1618 – Johannes Kepler discovered the third law of planetary motion, which says that the square of the orbital period of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit.
  • 1655 – John Casor became the first legally recognized slave in Britain's North American colonies.
  • 1702 – Anne Bonny, Irish-American pirate, was born. She died in 1782.
  • 1775 – An anonymous writer, thought to be Thomas Paine, published African Slavery in America, the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
  • 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded.
  • 1841 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, was born. He died in 1935.
  • 1910 – Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to receive a pilot’s license.
  • 1911 – International Women’s Day was launched in Copenhagen, Denmark by Clara Zetkin.
  • 1917 – The United States Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
  • 1917 – International Women’s Day protests in St. Petersburg contributed to the February Revolution.
  • 1920 – The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state, was established.
  • 1936 – Daytona Beach Road Course held their first oval stock car race.
  • 1949 – American Mildred Gillars ("Axis Sally") was tried for treason and sent to prison.
  • 1979 – Philips demonstrated the compact disc publicly for the first time.

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