The U.S. fired more than 100 cruise missiles from the sea while French fighter jets targeted Moammar Gadhafi's forces from the air, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising.
Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex-and-money scandal involving a former church secretary, Jessica Hahn.
Bob Dylan releases his first album. Dylan is one of the world's most influential music artists. His songs “Blowin' in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the anti-war movement.
Willie Mosconi sets the world record for running most consecutive Pool balls without a miss. Mr. Pocket Billiards, as the hugely successful American sportsman was often called, ran 526 consecutive balls.
The first International Women's Day is observed by over 1 million people in several European countries. German socialists Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz initiated the observance, which has become an annual global event.
The Lumière brothers record their first footage. Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon showed workers leaving their factory in Lyon. The film is about 50 seconds long. Auguste and Louis Lumière were the earliest filmmakers in history.