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Notable Historical Events for March 8th

1971Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden

1958William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

1983President Reagan calls the USSR an "Evil Empire"

19806th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

1930Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"

1978The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

1959Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

1981Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic

1964Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam

1987Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic

March 8th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on March 8th

1909Claire Trevor, [Wemlinger], NYC, actress (Marjorie Morningstar)

1787Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery

1977James Van Der Beek, actor (Dawson's Creek)

1702Anne Bonny, Kinsale Ireland, Irish pirate (date is approximate)

March 8th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on March 8th

1848Confederate General James Longstreet (27) weds Maria Louisa Garland in Lynchburg, Virginia

18205th US President James Monroe's daughter Maria 1st child of a President to marry in the White House

1969Businessman Ray Kroc (66) weds philanthropist Joan Mansfield (40)

1952Future US President Ronald Reagan (41) marries Nancy Davis (30)

March 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on March 8th

1917Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Dutch count/air pioneer, dies at 78

1937Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a heart attack at 34

1999Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)

1998Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

1874Millard Fillmore, 13th president (1850-53), dies at 74

1923Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910), dies at 85

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