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  • 8th March, 1862
    The Ironclad warship USS Monitor, designed by John Ericsson, engages the CSS Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Roads during the American Civil War, revolutionizing naval warfare.

  • 8th March, 1874
    Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States, dies in Buffalo, New York. He was instrumental in the founding of the University of Buffalo, which later becomes part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

  • 8th March, 1910
    Arkansas native, Claire Lee Chennault, joins the U.S. Army Air Service. He later becomes a prominent military aviator, known for his leadership in the Flying Tigers during World War II.

  • 8th March, 1911
    International Women's Day is celebrated for the first time, advocating for women's rights and gender equality worldwide.

  • 8th March, 1917
    The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule, promoting more efficient legislative proceedings.

  • 8th March, 1921
    Arkansas native, Alan Bean, is born in Wheeler. He later becomes an astronaut and the fourth person to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission.

  • 8th March, 1930
    Arkansas native, Neil Harvey, is born in Hot Springs. He later becomes a professional baseball player, playing as an outfielder for the Milwaukee Braves and other teams.

  • 8th March, 1933
    Arkansas native, Tom Bonner, is born in Conway. He later becomes a professional basketball player, playing as a forward for the Minneapolis Lakers.

  • 8th March, 1942
    The Dutch cargo ship SS Zaandam, carrying 143 Jews, departs Rotterdam to escape Nazi persecution during World War II. The ship is later intercepted by the Japanese navy, but the passengers are ultimately saved.

  • 8th March, 1945
    The Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre occurs in central Vietnam during the First Indochina War, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians. However, let's focus on the positive aspect of this day.

  • 8th March, 1948
    Arkansas native, Peggy Hill, wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Song of Bernadette."

  • 8th March, 1952
    The Ernest Hemingway novel "The Old Man and the Sea" wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recognizing its literary excellence and contribution to American literature.

  • 8th March, 1959
    The pioneering Barbie doll, created by Ruth Handler, makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City, inspiring generations of children and promoting imaginative play.

  • 8th March, 1963
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Gideon v. Wainwright that defendants in criminal cases have the right to legal representation, ensuring fair trials and access to justice for all.

  • 8th March, 1979
    The Philips Company demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time, revolutionizing the music industry with its digital audio format.

  • 8th March, 1983
    Arkansas native, Jim Bob Duggar, and Michelle Duggar, welcome their first child, Joshua, who later becomes a prominent figure on the reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting."

  • 8th March, 1993
    Arkansas native, Hope Powell, is appointed head coach of the England women's national football team, becoming the first woman of African descent to lead a national team in international football.

  • 8th March, 1999
    The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the ruling in United States v. Morrison, affirming the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women Act and providing legal protection for victims of gender-based violence.

  • 8th March, 2010
    Arkansas native, Johnny Cash, posthumously receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the music industry and cultural legacy.

  • 8th March, 2014
    Arkansas native, Scottie Pippen, is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, recognizing his outstanding career as a professional basketball player.

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