March 8th

2014
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
2008
President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods on suspected terrorists.
Waterboarding
1999
Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio died at age 84.
Joe DiMaggio
1983
President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" during a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Fla.
1979
The compact disc is presented to the public. The CD was developed by Philips and Sony. The companies later collaborated to produce a standard format and CD players.
Compact disc
1978
The first episode of the radio comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is broadcast. Douglas Adams' radio play was a major success with BBC Radio 4 listeners. The book version consisting of five novels - A Trilogy in Five Parts - became a worldwide success.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (radio series)
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.
Provisional Irish Republican Army campaign
1971
In the Fight of the Century, Joe Frazier triumphs over Muhammad Ali. Ali had been stripped of his World Heavyweight Champion title in 1967 for refusing to serve in the armed forces. As he was still undefeated, Frazier had to beat him to be recognized as the world champion.
Fight of the Century
1965
The United States landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam.
1965 in the Vietnam War
1950
The Soviet Union claimed to be in possession of the atomic bomb.
Russia and weapons of mass destruction
1948
US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.
McCollum v. Board of Education
1945
Phyllis Mae Daley, the first African-American nurse to serve in World War II, received her U.S. Navy commission.
United States Navy Nurse Corps
1930
William Howard Taft, the 27th president and a former chief justice of the United States, died in Washington, D.C., at age 72.
President William Howard Taft
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].
International Women's Day
1910
Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman with a pilot's license. The French aviatrix was also the first woman to fly solo. She died at the age of 36 when her experimental plane crashed at Le Crotoy airfield in northern France.
Raymonde de Laroche
1874
Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States, died in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74.
Millard Fillmore
1867
British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, serves as Canada's constitution for more than 100 years.
Constitution Act, 1867
1841
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was born in Boston.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
1817
The New York Stock Exchange is founded. The NYSE at 11 Wall Street in New York City is the world's largest stock exchange.
New York Stock Exchange
1782
The Gnadenhutten massacre took place as some 90 Indians were slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
Gnadenhutten massacre
1702
England's Queen Anne ascended the throne upon the death of King William III.
Anne, Queen of Great Britain