This Day in History – March 8

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March 8

From time unknown, humans have sought to forge an identity for themselves through their history. It provides us with a sense of context while knowing where we come from. Not to mention the fact that history also serves as a cautionary tale, guiding us on how we may approach the future. With passing time, we add to the chapter of history and simultaneously reinterpret what has already been written. This blog gives you a list of all the significant events that happened on March 8.

Historic Events in India That Happened on March 8

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured Panhala on March 8

1535 – Bahadur shah captured the Chittor Fort
King Bahadur Shah of Gujarat invaded Chittorgarh on March 8 1535 which led to the second Jauhar and ensued a series of battles. This ultimately led to the overthrow of the Gujarat Sultanate. 

1637- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured Panhala
Panhala, a fort of strategic importance was under emperor Adil Shah of Bijapur. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured Panhala defeating Afzal Khan.

1930- commencement of the Civil disobedience movement
Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, the Civil disobedience movement was launched to protest against the oppressive tax laws.

1948 – Establishment of Air India Airlines
India’s flag carrier Airlines, AirIndia was founded by JRD Tata on March 8 1948. 

2009 – Hockey player Jyoti Randhawa won his title
Veteran Golfer, Jyothi Randhawa
won the title for Indonesia Open which was his 9th title in the Aian tournament.

Historic Events in India That Happened on March 8

1st Train crosses the 1st US suspension bridge

1531 – Henry VIII’s coronation
 Henry VIII was recognized as the head of the church in England by a convocation of Canterbury on March 8 1531.

1702 – Anne Stuart becomes the queen of England
Following the death of William III, Anne Stuart became the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1855 – 1st Train crosses the 1st US suspension bridge
On this day the 1st ever train crossed the Niagara Falls suspension bridge, the world’s first working Railway Suspension Bridge.

1917 – Beginning of Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution aka February Revolution began with riots in St Petersburg square over issues like food ration and conduct of the war on March 8 1917.

1917 – Introducing the cloture rule
At the insistence of Woodrow Wilson, the US Senate introduced the cloture rule, which promulgated the requirement of a two-thirds majority to end a debate on March 8 1917.

1929 – Slavery in Liberia
As per the reports of the US workers union commission, practices of slavery was reported in Liberia.

1934 – Edwin Hubble’s photograph of the galaxy
Astronomer Edwin Hubble photograph showed as many galaxies as the milky way has stars.

1942 – Capturing of Burma
On this day, the Japanese forces captured Rangoon in Burma.

1945 – Observing the 1st woman’s Day
After the labour movement gained momentum, the socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers on March 8 1945.

1948 – Mccullum vs Board of Education
In the US supreme court judgement of  Mccullum vs Board of Education, it was ruled that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.

1957 – Russia’s nuclear power test
On this day, the USSR performed the Nuclear power test.

1964 – Malcolm X’s resignation
Renowned African American Activist Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam.

1973 – Opening of the Eisenhower Tunnel
Named after the 34th US president Dwight Eisenhower, the world’s highest and US’s longest tunnel was opened in Denver, Colorado on March 8 1973.

2014 –  Disappearing of MH370
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history.

List of Important Birthdays

  • 1787- Karl Ferdinand Von Graefe – Born in Warsaw, Poland,  Karl Ferdinand Von Graefe was a german surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery.
  • 1841- Oliver Wendel Holmes – He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is regarded as the 57th chief Justice of the US  supreme court.
  • 1921 – Sahir Ludhyanvi – Going by the pen name of Abdul Hayee, Sahir Ludhyanvi, a popular Indian film lyricist was born on this day.
  • 1945 – Mickey Dolenz – American drummer and vocalist who appeared on the American sitcom, ‘The Monkey’ was born on this day.
  • 1963 Gursharan Singh – Former Indian cricketer, cricket coach and recipient of the Dronacharya awards was born on this day.

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