March 8 Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1531 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England by the Convocation of Canterbury

1817 The New York Stock Exchange is founded

1867 British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, serves as Canada’s constitution for more than 100 years

1917 Russian “February Revolution” begins in earnest with protests celebrating International Woman’s Day and riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war [OS=Feb 23]

1948 US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional

1973 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country

2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history and one of the most enduring aviation mysteries

Today’s Historical Events

1531 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England by the Convocation of Canterbury

1586 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt becomes Dutch chief legal advisor

1658 Peace of Roskilde between Sweden & Denmark

1702 James II’s daughter Anne Stuart becomes Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland following the death of William III

1706 Vienna’s Wiener Stadtbank established

1711 Antoin de Guiscard tries English premier Haley for murder

1722 Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud occupies Persia

1746 Duke of Cumberland’s troops occupy Aberdeen

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1949 WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1953 KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, Oklahoma (ABC) begins broadcasting

1953 Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn’s musical revue “Two’s Company”, starring Bette Davis, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for, after 90 performances

1953 WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, Ohio (NBC) begins broadcasting

1959 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting

1970 WTCI TV channel 45 in Chattanooga, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting

1980 6th People’s Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1813 1st concerto of Royal Philharmonic

1884 1st performance of Edward MacDowell’s 2nd Piano Suite

1902 1st performance of Jean Sibelius‘ 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society

1957 1st performance of David Diamond’s 6th Symphony in Boston

1960 “Greenwillow” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances

1962 The Beatles (with Pete Best) BBC radio debut – a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” , recorded the previous evening on stage at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester

1966 “Golden Boy” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances

1973 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1865 27th Grand National: Captain Henry Coventry wins aboard French outsider Alcibiade at 100/7

1900 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)

1904 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Bernard Bosanquet, Plum Warner and Dick Lilley for his second Test hat-trick in 5th Test victory in Melbourne; Trumble’s final Test

1906 Stanley Cup, Dey’s Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa HC beats Smiths Falls (ON), 8-2 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

1913 MLB Federal League organizes with 6 teams, including the Chicago Whales, who built and played at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field); League folded after 3 seasons

1930 Baseball slugger Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for a then huge $160,000 with NY Yankees; GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts “No one will ever be paid more than Ruth”

1931 Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: Jack Crawford wins 1st of 4 Australian titles; beats fellow Australian Harry Hopman 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

1931 Australian Championships Women’s Tennis: In an all-Australian final Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford 1-6, 6-3, 6-4


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