About March 8

March 8, 2024 is the 68th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 298 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Pisces is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 327 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 8

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1817
    The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
  • 1844
    King Oscar I ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
  • 1868
    Sakai incident: Japanese samurai kill 11 French sailors in the port of Sakai near Osaka.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Dutch surrender to Japanese forces on Java.
  • 1957
    Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
  • 1957
    Ghana joins the United Nations.
  • 1979
    Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
  • 1985
    A failed assassination attempt on Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon, kills at least 45 and injures 175 others.

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