Thursday. March 8. Let’s see what we’ve got for today…
It’s a slow historical day, but we did lose two Presidents of the United States, today. And Joe DiMaggio.
1775 – An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes “African Slavery in America”, the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
1862 – American Civil War: The iron-clad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1917 – The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
1936 – Daytona Beach Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
1957 – The 1957 Georgia Memorial to Congress, which petitions the U.S. Congress to declare the ratification of the 14th & 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution null and void, is adopted by the U.S. state of Georgia.
1979 – Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
1983 – President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union an “evil empire“.
1999 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
1841 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 1935)
1943 – Lynn Redgrave, English actress (d. 2010)
1956 – John Kapelos, Canadian actor
1959 – Lester Holt, American television journalist
1959 – Aidan Quinn, American actor
1976 – Freddie Prinze Jr., American actor
1874 – Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (b. 1800)
1930 – William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (b. 1857)
1999 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)