About March 8

March 8, 2020 is the 68th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 298 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 341 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 8

  • 1010
    Ferdowsi completes his Shāhnāmeh.
  • 1618
    Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.
  • 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.
  • 1736
    Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, is crowned Shah of Iran.
  • 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.
  • 1782
    Gnadenhütten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity are killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
  • 1844
    King Oscar I ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The iron-clad Ship CSS (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
  • 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.
  • 1924
    The Castle Gate mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.
  • 1936
    Daytona Beach Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
  • 1937
    Spanish Civil War: The Battle of Guadalajara begins.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Dutch surrender to Japanese forces on Java.
  • 1957
    Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
  • 1957
    The 1957 Georgia Memorial to Congress, which petitions the U.S. Congress to declare the ratification of the 14th & 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution null and void, is adopted by the U.S. state of Georgia.
  • 1979
    Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
  • 1983
    President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union an “evil empire”.
  • 1985
    A failed assassination attempt on Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon, kills at least 45 and injures 175 others.
  • 1999
    The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.

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