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Wednesday March 8, 2017

March 8: Day of the Week

March 8, 2017 was the 67th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 298 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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March 8 Historical Event(s)

  • 1010
    Ferdowsi completes his Shāhnāmeh.
  • 1126
    Following the death of his mother Urraca, Alfonso VII is proclaimed king of Castile and León.
  • 1618
    Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.
  • 1775
    An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes “African Slavery in America”, the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
  • 1920
    The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established.
  • 1936
    Daytona Beach Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
  • 1957
    Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
  • 1957
    Ghana joins the United Nations.
  • 1963
    The Ba'ath Party comes to power in Syria in a coup d'état by a clique of quasi-leftist Syrian Army officers calling themselves the National Council of the Revolutionary Command.
  • 1978
    The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

Who were born on March 8?

  • 1748
    William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic (d. 1806)
  • 1783
    Hannah Van Buren, wife of Martin Van Buren (d. 1819)
  • 1814
    Ede Szigligeti, Hungarian dramatist (d. 1878)
  • 1847
    John Lister, English politician (d. 1933)
  • 1912
    Preston Smith, America politician, 40th Governor of Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1922
    Ralph H. Baer, German-born American inventor
  • 1945
    Anselm Kiefer, German painter
  • 1961
    Mark Salas, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Gaz Coombes, English singer (Supergrass)
  • 1980
    Stephen Milne, Australian rules footballer

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