#TodayInHistory – March 83 min read
March 8 – Some Important Events on this day
1531 👉🏼 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England by the Convocation of Canterbury
1867 👉🏼 British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, serves as Canada’s constitution for more than 100 years 🇨🇦
1884 👉🏼 Suffragette Susan B. Anthony, a social reformer who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement, addresses U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators 1st introduced a federal women’s suffrage amendment.
1910 👉🏼 Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris becomes the 1st ever licensed female pilot 👩✈️
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
1930 👉🏼 Baseball Legend Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts “No one will ever be paid more than Ruth” ⚾️
1934 👉🏼 Astronomer Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars ✨
1936 👉🏼 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida. 🚗
1948 👉🏼 US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
1961 👉🏼 US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from South Carolina in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs 🇺🇸
1971 👉🏼 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali’s 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC. Retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the “Fight of the Century”, photographed also by Frank Sinatra! 📸 🥊
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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 ✈️
The aircraft disappeared over the South China Sea, some 38 minutes after takeoff. Investigators were able to track pings with a satellite to a general crashing site in the Indian Ocean. The search for the plane became the most costly in the history of aviation and one of the most complex. It would continue for three years but turned up no sign of the plane, although some debris from the aircraft washed ashore from the Indian Ocean during 2015 and 2016.
Many theories have been proposed for the plane’s disappearance, including many conspiracy theories. These include a hypoxia event, fire, shoot-down, or hijacking; no one conspiracy has achieved any consensus among investigators.
The disappearance was the beginning of a disastrous year for Malaysia Airlines – only four months later another of their aircraft, Flight 17, was shot down over Ukraine with the loss of all on board. They would be nationalized in September 2014 by the Malaysian government following severe financial difficulties.
2017 👉🏼 Aboriginal DNA study by University of Adelaide shows Aboriginal population dates back 50,000 years from one migration