8 March

8 March

International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about March 8th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 8th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • International women’s day.
  • National Peanut Cluster Day
  • National Proofreading Day
  • National Organize Your Home Office Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – March 8

1979: The compact disc is presented to the public

The CD was developed by Philips and Sony. The companies later collaborated to produce a standard format and CD players.

1978: The first episode of the radio comedy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is broadcast

Douglas Adams’ radio play was a major success with BBC Radio 4 listeners. The book version consisting of five novels – A Trilogy in Five Parts – became a worldwide success.

1971: In the Fight of the Century, Joe Frazier triumphs over Muhammad Ali

Ali had been stripped of his World Heavyweight Champion title in 1967 for refusing to serve in the armed forces. As he was still undefeated, Frazier had to beat him to be recognized as the world champion.

1910: Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman with a pilot’s license

The French aviatrix was also the first woman to fly solo. She died at the age of 36 when her experimental plane crashed at Le Crotoy airfield in northern France.

1817: The New York Stock Exchange is founded

The NYSE at 11 Wall Street in New York City is the world’s largest stock exchange.

1944: Nurses landing on Normandy Beach in 1944

Nurses landing on Normandy Beach in 1944

A british crew charge 1000 pound bombs inside a Avro Lancaster, WW2.


1941: German Army soldier sorting ammunition, Eastern Front. 1941.

German Army soldier sorting ammunition, Eastern Front. 1941.

Tragic Incidents

1943: Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days in 1943!

1924: Mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah!

1917: On this day, in 1917 a massive strike took place in Saint Petersburg,Russia by women for ‘Bread And Peace’ happened as the first International Women’s Day. On 8 March, 1975, the UN officially recognised this day and christened it as international womens day.

On this day, in 1917 a massive strike took place in Saint Petersburg,Russia by women for ‘Bread And Peace’ happened as the first International Women’s Day. On 8 March, 1975, the UN officially recognised this day and christened it as international womens day.

1618: Johannes Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion in 1618!

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, March 8

1990: Petra Kvitová, Czech tennis player

1952: George Allen, American politician, 67th Governor of Virginia

1907: Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, 3rd President of Greece

1879: Otto Hahn, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

1841: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., American jurist

Benny Blanco was born.

Fardeen Khan was born.

Lynn Redgrave was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, March 8

1999: Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player

1942: José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban chess player

1930: William Howard Taft, American politician, 27th President of the United States

1917: Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general, businessman

1869: Hector Berlioz, French composer

William III died.

Harald Vallerius died.

William Cooper died.


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