March 8 - the day in history

Published on Mar 07, 2005 01:10 PM IST

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

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PTI | ByAssociated Press, HindustanTimes.com

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.
1995
- 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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