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March 8 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 8th.

Today In …

1669 - Mount Etna erupted in Sicily.

1702 - Queen Anne ascended the British throne after the death of King William III.

1817 - The New York Stock Exchange was formed.

1917 - The February Revolution began in Russia.

1965 - The first American troops arrived in Vietnam.

1978 - The first episode of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was broadcast on the radio in the U.K.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Susan Clark the actress from TV’s “Webster” was born in 1940.

Micky Dolenz the actor/musician/entertainer best known as a member of the rock band The Monkees was born in 1945.

Alan Hale Jr. the actor best known for his role as Skipper on TV’s “Gilligan’s Island” was born in 1918.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. the renowned Supreme Court Justice was born in 1841.

Richard Howe the legendary British admiral was born in 1726.

Kathy Ireland model/actress and fashion entrepreneur was born in 1963.

Cheryl James best known as “Salt” from music’s “Salt-N-Pepa” was born in 1964.

John Kapelos from the films “The Breakfast Club” and “Roxanne” was born in 1956.

Camryn Manheim who starred on TV’s “The Practice” and appeared in “Scary Movie 3” was born in 1961.

Freddie Prinze Jr. who starred in “Scooby Doo” and “She’s All That” was born in 1976.

Aidan Quinn star of “Legends of the Fall” was born in 1959.

Lynn Redgrave who’s starred in a number of movies including “Gods and Monsters” was born in 1943.

Carole Bayer Sager singer and songwriter of such tunes as “Groovy Kind of Love”, “Nobody Does it Better” and “That’s What Friends are For” was born in 1947.

Claire Trevor the Oscar winning actress who starred in “Key Largo” was born in 1909.

Hannah Van Buren wife of Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States, was born in 1783. Hannah would die from tuberculosis before her husband’s stint in the White House.

James Van Der Beek from TV’s “Dawson’s Creek” was born in 1977.

Hines Ward pro NFL player and Super Bowl XL MVP was born in 1976.

We Said Goodbye To…

Joe DiMaggio the legendary baseball star passed away in 1999 at the age of 84.

Millard Fillmore the 13th President of the United States passed away in 1874 at the age of 74.

Ron McKernan a.k.a. “Pigpen” one of the founding members of rock music’s legendary Grateful Dead passed away in 1973 at the age of 27.

Karen Morley who starred in “The Littlest Rebel” and “Mata Hari” passed away in 2003 at the age of 93.

William Howard Taft the 27th President of the United States passed away in 1930 at the age of 72.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1975 - “Have You Ever Been Mellow” by Olivia Newton John
1975 - On The Country Charts – “Linda On My Mind” by Conway Twitty

TV Moments In…

1959 - The final TV appearance of Chico, Groucho and Harpo Marx occurred on CBS’ “GE Theater”.

1962 - The Beatles made their debut on the BBC.

1993 - MTV’s animated “Beavis and Butthead” premiered.

Movie Moments In...

1986 - “MASK” starring Cher, Sam Elliott and Eric Stoltz premiered.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1936- The first stockcar race occurred in Daytona, Florida.

1971 - Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali for the WBA heavyweight championship.

Special Observances

Today is International Women’s Day!

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