Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 8

  • March 8, 1403
    Bayezid I, fourth sultan of Turkey, dies at age 42, which triggers 11 years of civil war between his sons
  • March 8, 1618
    Johannes Kepler comes up with his Third Law of Planetary Motion, which captures the relationship between the distance of planets from the Sun, and their orbital periods
  • March 8, 1722
    Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud Hotaki occupies Persia and overthrows the Safavid Shah Sultan Husayn, bringing Hotaki Empire to its peak
  • March 8, 1782
    The Gnadenhutten massacre takes place as some 90 Christian Delaware Indians are slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians
  • March 8, 1801
    British defeat French at the Second Battle of Abukir driving them out from Abukir
  • March 21, 1801
    British expeditionary corps under Sir Ralph Abercrombie defeat the French army under General Menou in the Battle of Alexandria during Anglo-Ottoman land offensive
  • March 8, 1817
    New York Stock Exchange is formalized and established its first quarters in a rented room at 40 Wall Street
  • March 8, 1862
    On the second day of the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas, Confederate forces, including some Indian troops, under General Earl Van Dorn surprise Union troops, but the Union troops win the battle
  • March 8, 1886
    German engineers Daimler and Maybach install Grandfather Clock engine into stagecoach, secretly brought into the house, making the first four-wheeled vehicle
  • March 8, 1911
    International Women's Day, proposed by socialist communist leader Clara Zetkin to promote equal rights, is first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland
  • March 8, 1917
    February Revolution, involving mass demonstrations and armed clashes with police and gendarmes, breaks out in Petrograd due to a number of economic and social problems, which were compounded by the impact of World War I
  • March 8, 1963
    Syrian Arab Republic Revolution Day, a military coup in Syria, is performed by the Military Committee of the Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
  • March 8, 1965
    First US combat forces arrive in South Vietnam, 3,500 Marines
  • March 8, 1979
    Philips, a Dutch diversified technology company, publicly demonstrates compact disc, a digital optical disc data storage, for the first time
  • March 8, 1980
    Tbilisi Rock Festival, the first festival of rock music in the Soviet Union, kicks off
  • March 8, 2014
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 airliner en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappears over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board

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