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March 8 - the day in history

PTI | ByAssociated Press,
Mar 07, 2005 01:10 PM IST

On this day in 1917, the Russian Revolution began in St Petersburg

Today is March 8, the sixty eighth day of the year.
There are 297 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1702 - England's Queen Anne ascends the throne upon the death of King William III.
1722 - Afghanistan's Mir Muhammad starts war against Persia.
1765 - Britain's House of Lords passes Stamp Act to tax American colonies.

1865 - A canal is begun in the Netherlands to connect Amsterdam with the North Sea.
1898 - United States refuses to support Britain in its conflict with Russia over a loan to China.

1904 - Germany revises 1872 anti-Jesuit law to permit return of some members of the Roman Catholic order.
1917 - Riots and strikes break out in St Petersburg, marking start of Russian Revolution.
1942 - Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma, during World War II.
1949 - France recognizes noncommunist Vietnam nationalists under Bao Dai as independent state within French Union.
1950 - Marshal Voroshilov announces the existence of the Soviet atomic bomb.
1954 - United States and Japan sign mutual defense agreement.
1957 - Ghana is admitted to the United Nations.
1965 - United States lands 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam.
1969 - Soviet Union puts its Far East army on alert as warning to China after frontier clash on Ussuri River.
1970 - Cyprus President Archbishop Makarios escapes assassination when terrorist snipers shoot down his helicopter. 1986 - Guerrilla violence in Colombia takes seven lives a day before national elections.
1987 - Sri Lankan troops launch large new offensive, killing 11 separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Jaffna peninsula.
1989 - Chinese troops converge on Tibetan capital of Lhasa to enforce martial law following three days of anti-Chinese rioting.
1993 - South Korea's President Kim Young-sam fires two key generals in a move to seize civilian control of the army and open the path to reform.
1994 - Indian jetliner crashes into a parked Russian plane in New Delhi, killing at least seven.
- Gunmen fire on a van carrying American employees to the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing two and wounding one.
1996 - China fires three ballistic missiles into waters off Taiwan's main ports, two weeks before the island's first presidential elections.
1997 - Hundreds of people flee southern Albania, fearing clashes between the government and armed insurgents.

2001 - A Chilean appeals court throws out homicide and kidnapping charges against former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
2003 - An Argentine court releases an indictment ordering the arrest of four former Iranian government officials for their alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed.

Today's Birthdays:
Richard Howe
, English admiral (1726-1799)
Oliver Wendell Holmes, US jurist (1809-1894)
Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet (1895-1979)
Cyd Charisse, US actress-dancer (1923--)
Lynn Redgrave, English actress (1943--)
Aidan Quinn, US actor (1958--)
Camryn Manheim, US actress (1961--)
Fardeen Khan, actor  (1974--)

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