ON THIS DAY: March 8, 2018

March 8th is

International Women’s Day *

Girls Write Now Day *

National Proofreading Day *

National Peanut Cluster Day

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MORE! Dorothy Ainsworth, Louis Beavers and Beatrice Shilling, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

International Women’s Day * is celebrated under various names as a public holiday in: Abkhazia, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Eritrea, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Kazakhstan, Kygyyztan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal (for women only), North Korea, Russia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Transdniestria, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Zambia

Bulgaria –
Mother’s Day

Syria –
Revolution Day

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On This Day in HISTORY

1010 – Persian poet ‘Ferdowsi’ (Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi) completes his epic poem Shahnameh, considered the world’s longest epic poem by a single poet

1576 – Spanish explorer Diego García de Palacio first sights the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copán



1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion

1655 – African-born John Casor becomes the first person legally declared a slave-for-life in England’s North American colonies; in one of the first freedom suits, Casor argues that he is an indentured servant forced by Anthony Johnson, a free black, to serve past his 7-year term. He was told he was free, and went to work for Robert Parker, but Johnson sued Parker for Casor’s services. In ordering Casor returned to Johnson for life, the court both declares Casor a slave and sustains the right of free blacks to own slaves. So a freed black man becomes the first legally recognized slave owner in America. But in a final twist of irony, when Johnson dies in 1670, his 300 acres of land passes, not to his children, but by court ruling, to a white colonist. The courts declare that “as a black man, Anthony Johnson was not a citizen of the colony”

1695? – Anne Bonny born as Anne McCormac in Ireland; moves to London where her father William dresses her as a boy called  “Andy” – moves to the Colonies where William makes good as a merchant; Anne marries part-time pirate James Bonny and is disowned; moves to Nassau, the ‘Republic of Pirates’ – sometime around 1718, Anne dumps James for pirate Captain “Calico Jack” Rackham – in 1720, their ship is captured, they’re tried, and sentenced to hang – Anne gets a stay because she is pregnant – there’s no record of  either her execution or release – one story claims her father ransomed her, married her off to a Jamaican commissioner, with her name changed to Annabele, and she had 8 children, outlived her husband and died at age 88



1702 – England’s Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III

1714 – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach born, German Classical composer noted for his concertos and symphonies; son of Johann Sebastian Bach, ‘C.P.E.’ Bach is often called the ‘Berlin Bach’ or the ‘Hamburg Bach’ to distinguish him from his brother Johann Christian, the ‘London Bach’



1782 – Gnadenhutten massacre: 90 peaceful Lenni Lenape Christian converts, 39 of them children, are murdered at a Moravian missionary village in Ohio by Pennsylvania militiamen who know they are not the Indians they’ve been pursuing, in retaliation for raids made by other Lenapi allied with the British; no criminal charges are filed

1839 – Josephine G. Cochran born, American inventor of first commercially successful automatic dishwasher, which she constructed with mechanic George Butters; receives her patent in 1886, and attracts much attention when she shows her invention at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago



1841 – Oliver Wendell Holmes born, U.S. Supreme Court justice and legal scholar; as a young man he was wounded three times during the Civil War while serving with the Union’s ‘Harvard Regiment’



1855 – The first train passes over the railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls NY

1856 – William B. Booth born, American general of the Salvation Army (1912-29)

1857 – Ruggiero Leoncavallo born, Italian opera composer and librettist

1859 – Kenneth Grahame born, Scottish children’s author of The Golden Age, The Reluctant Dragon, and The Wind in the Willows

1862 – The Confederate ironclad “Merrimack” is launched

1865 – Frederic Goudy born, American printer, typographer and font designer



1880 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declares that the U.S. will have jurisdiction over any canal built across the Isthmus of Panama

1887 – The telescopic fishing rod is patented by Everett Horton

1892 – Juana de Ibarbourou born, Uruguayan feminist poet who uses nature imagery and eroticism; at 17, she publishes Derechos femeninos (women’s rights), a prose work



1894 – The state of New York enacts a dog license law, the U.S. first animal control law

1894 – Dorothy Ainsworth born, American women’s physical education pioneer, believed that sports are healthy and develop the values, skills, and character required in a democratic society; chaired U.S. Joint Council on International Affairs in Health, Physical Education and Recreation (1950-57)



1896 – Charlotte Whitton born, Canadian feminist, journalist and Progressive Conservative politician; first woman mayor of Ottawa (1951-1956 and 1960-1964)



1902 – Louise Beavers, African American film and television actress, who struggled to overcome the stereotypical roles in which she was cast; spoke in support of political candidates she believed would help advance the civil rights cause



1904 – The Bundestag in Germany lifts its ban on the Jesuit order of priests

1905 – In Russia, it is reported that the peasant revolt was spreading to Georgia

1907 – The British House of Commons turns down a woman suffrage bill.  Women had not been explicitly banned from voting national elections in Great Britain until the 1832 Reform Act; in 1851, the Sheffield Female Political Association brought a petition in support of enfranchising women to the House of Lords, but it didn’t become a national movement until the 1870s; in 1880, women freeholders on the Isle of Man got the vote; by 1903, there was a majority of support for suffrage in parliament, the ruling Liberal Party refused to allow a vote on the issue; some British women over the age of 30 got the vote in 1918; the Representation of the People Act 1928 finally extended the franchise to British women on the same basis as British men

1909 – Beatrice ‘Tilly’ Shilling born, British aeronautical engineer, motorcycle and auto racer; at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, invents ‘Miss Shilling’s orifice,’ which fixes a serious problem with the WWII Rolls-Royce Merlin engines in Hawker Hurricanes and some Spitfire fighters that lost power or even completely cut-out during certain maneuverers while in combat



1910 –Baroness de Laroche becomes the French first woman to obtain a pilot’s license

1910 – The King of Spain authorizes Spanish women to attend universities

1910 – At the Second International conference of Women in Copenhagen, German Socialist Luise Zietz and Clara Zetkin, head of the Women’s Office for the German Social Democratic Party, inspired by the events in the U.S., propose an International Women’s Day (the first Woman’s Day was launched on February 28, 1909, in the United States; Charlotte Perkins Gilman addressed a crowd in New York City, proclaiming, “It is true that a woman’s duty is centered in her home and motherhood but home should mean the whole country and not be confined to three or four rooms of a city or a state.”)


Luise Zietz and Clara Zetkin


1911 – International Women’s Day * is celebrated for the first time

1911 – British Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Gray declares that Britain will not support France in the event of a military conflict

1915 – Selma Fraiberg born, pursued groundbreaking studies of infant psychiatry and normal child development, directed the Child Development Project at Wayne State University (1952-58), wrote The Magic Years (1959), a classic translated into 10 languages



1917 – Russia’s ‘February Revolution’ begins as a march in St. Petersburg for “Bread and Peace” because of food shortages, but rapidly turns into rioting and strikes; Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky recounts, “The slogan ‘Bread!’ is crowded out or obscured by louder slogans: ‘Down with autocracy!’ ‘Down with the war!’” – it’s the “February Revolution” because Russia was still using the Julian calendar

1917 – The U.S. Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule

1921 – French troops occupy Dusseldorf when Germany refuses to agree to reparation demands for WWI which will beggar the country; the League of Nations refuses to intervene; Germany is forced to accept the disastrous terms and the value of the German mark plummets

1933 – Self-liquidating scrip money is issued for the first time at Franklin IN; by 1933, massive declines in employment and output, along with collapsing banking and financial systems, create a widespread perception that there is a shortage of money, and issues of local currencies, or ‘scrip,’ begin

1939 –Lynn Seymour born in Canada as Berta Lynn Springbett; ballerina and choreographer; Royal Ballet, prima ballerina at the Berlin Opera Ballet, and sometimes partnered with Rudolf Nureyev; artistic director of Munich State Ballet (1978-1980)and Greek National Ballet (2006-2007)


Lynn Seymour with Anthony Dowell in A Month in the Country


1941 – Martial law is proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish anti-Nazi protests

1945 – Phyllis Mae Daley receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps; she will become the first African-American nurse to serve on active duty in World War II



1945 – Sylvia Wiegand born in South Africa, American mathematician in the fields of commutative algebra, and history of mathematics; president of the Association for Women in Mathematics (1997-2000)

1946 – In New York City, the Journal American becomes the first commercial business to receive a helicopter license

1946 – The French naval fleet arrives at Haiphong, Vietnam

1947 – Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter, painter and author; winner of an Oscar, a Grammy and two Golden Globes; They’re Playing Our Song: A Memoir



1948 – McCollum v. Board of Education: Vashti McCollum, an atheist, objects because her son James is ostracized for not attending religious classes and sues the school board when her complaints are unheeded, claiming students are coerced by school officials to attend the “voluntary” classes, and the power exercised by the Champaign Council on Religious Education which started the program and selected its instructors, as well as the school superintendent’s oversight of these instructors serves to determine which religious faiths participate in the instructional program, constituting a prior censorship of religion.  The U.S. Supreme Court reverses a lower court ruling, and by 8-1 declares religious instruction during “released time” within school hours at tax-supported public school facilities is unconstitutional

1953 – Census bureau reports that 239,000 farmers quit farming in the previous 2 years

1954 – France and Vietnam open treaty talks in Paris to form the state of Indochina

1959 – Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx make their final TV appearance together

1961 – Max Conrad circles the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in the Piper Aztec

1966 – Australia announces it will triple its number of troops in Vietnam

1968 – The Fillmore East opens in New York City

1970 – Simon and Garfunkel’s album Bridge over Troubled Waters begins ten weeks as #1 on the U.S. charts, but they had split up by the time of its release



1972 – Lena Kyoung Ran Sundström, born in South Korea, adopted by her Swedish family; journalist, columnist, author and documentary maker; her book on Denmark’s immigration policy, Världens lyckligaste folk, became her first documentary film



1978 – In California, a modest proposal by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women is the seed from which National Women’s History Month grows. In 1978, they initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration, choosing the week of March 8th, International Women’s Day. Local activities met with enthusiastic response, and dozens of schools planned special programs. Over one hundred community women participated by doing special presentations in classrooms throughout the county, and the first annual “Real Woman” Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries. The finale for this Women’s History Week was a celebratory parade and program held in the center of downtown Santa Rosa, California. In 1979, Molly Murphy MacGregor, one of the Sonoma organizers, spoke of their success at the Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, chaired by noted historian Gerda Lerner, who invited national leaders of organizations for women and girls to a conference. When the participants learned about the impact of Sonoma County’s Women’s History Week celebration, they decided to start similar celebrations within their own organizations, communities, and school districts. They also agreed to support an effort to secure a “National Women’s History Week,” which has since expanded into the Women’s History Month now being celebrated



1982 – The U.S. accuses the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas

1983 – President Reagan calls the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” during a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando FL

1985 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that 407,700 Americans are millionaires, more than double the total from five years before

1989 – Chinese declare martial law in Tibet after three days of protest against their rule

1998 – Girls Write Now Day is launched by Girls Write Now Inc, a NYC mentoring program which matches inner city high school girls with professional women writers and media makers; their exceptional success rate means almost all of the girls in the program will graduate from high school and go on to college, over half of them with awards and scholarships

1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995

1999 – The Clinton Administration directs the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, for alleged security violations

2001 – The U.S. House of Representatives votes for an across-the-board tax cut of nearly $1 trillion over the next decade

2005 – In northern Chechnya, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov is killed during a raid by Russian forces

2008 – President George W. Bush vetoes a bill that would ban the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods on suspected terrorists

2011 – National Proofreading Day * is launched by Judy Beaver in memory of her mother, who loved correcting mistakes – thank the proofreaders in your life!



2014 – National Catholic Sisters Week established to raise awareness of the contributions of Catholic sisters

2017 – ‘A Day Without a Woman’ strike in protest against policies that are sexist, racist, and heterocentric. Thousands of women across the globe in 400 cities and over 50 countries participated, particularly in Poland, either by not going to work or not shopping (except at women-owned businesses), and/or wearing red to show solidarity. There were 1,000 NYC demonstrators outside Trump Tower, and four women were arrested for obstruction of traffic in front of the Trump International Hotel. Also large demonstrations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and many schools in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington DC were closed because so many teachers took the day off. Providence RI’s municipal court also closed because so many women employees weren’t at work


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5 Responses to ON THIS DAY: March 8, 2018

  1. pramegha says:

    Happy women’s day!
    Well, every day is women’s day. Cheers! To our power, strength and independence.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Happy Women’s Day to you too!

      The U.S needs to get on board, and make International Women’s Day a federal holiday. We don’t have any national holidays in March, and none at all that acknowledge women. And it’s way past time we got some women on our currency – Uruguay has a woman poet on theirs – and isn’t beautiful? – our money is so boring-looking compared to the rest of the world’s.

  2. Malisha says:

    Mass Shooting by a “apparently-not-so-well regulated” militia: Gnadenhutten massacre: 90 peaceful Lenni Lenape Christian converts, 39 of them children, are murdered at a Moravian missionary village in Ohio by Pennsylvania militiamen. So in 1782, even before the Second Amendment was passed, I wonder: Was there also an immediate application of thoughts and prayers?

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Sadly, they probably didn’t even do that. When you demonize people because their skin is a different color than yours, you can justify almost anything, even murdering children whose families believe in the same god you do.

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