March 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on March 8



March 8th is known as International Women’s Day and Proofreading Day.

We are now on the 68th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into the year! There are 298 days left in 2024.

Find out all there is to know about this special day in history with these past events and totally cool facts, including changes to the throne of England, a new international holiday, space exploration and much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1990, The Zodiac Killer shot his first victim Mario Orosco? The victim was shot in the back but fortunately survived.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about March 8th in history!


What memorable events happened on March 8 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people on board.

The flight was from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the last contact they had with air traffic control was around 38 minutes after takeoff. The plane was never found.


The hashtag #5secondsofsummer trended worldwide for the first time on Twitter.

OTD in 2012: The hashtag #5secondsofsummer trended worldwide for the first time on Twitter.


The United States military banned smoking in the workplace.

The military has enforced aggressive anti-smoking campaigns; smoking is still more prevalent in the forces than among civilians.


The Zodiac Killer shot his first victim Mario Orosco.

The Zodiac Killer was called Heriberto Seda and a serial killer in New York city who killed three people while wounding five. Seda was sentenced to 232 years in prison!


The world’s richest tennis player, Martina Navratilova, became the first to make $10 million.

OTD in 1986: The world's richest tennis player


The first official rock festival took place in the Soviet Union.

The event was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, and became a turning point of Soviet and Russian rock music.


Many volcanoes were discovered on one of planet Jupiter’s moons called Io.

It was previously believed to be much like the surface of Earth’s moon until Voyager I came up close and spotted cloud plumes from volcanoes.


Philips demonstrated the compact disc publicly for the first time.


The first International Women’s Day was celebrated.

OTD in 1975: The first International Women's Day was celebrated.

The day is celebrated to encourage equality between men and women.


Volkswagen’s iconic Type 2 Kombi first began production.


The Dutch East Indies colony surrendered the island of Java to Imperial Japanese forces.


The tone poem Don Quixote by Richard Strauss premiered in Cologne, Germany.

A tone poem is a single continuous piece of orchestral music.


The New York Stock Exchange was founded.


Queen Anne became Queen of England after King William III died.

OTD in 1702: Queen Anne became Queen of England after King William III died.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as James Van Der Beek? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Montana Jordan



Montana Jordan


21 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA


Freddie Prinze Jr.



Freddie Prinze Jr.


48 years old

Born In:

California, USA


James Van Der Beek



James Van Der Beek


47 years old

Born In:

Connecticut, USA


Milana Vayntrub



Milana Vayntrub


37 years old

Born In:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most notable ones said on Mar 8th throughout history.


The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table – all of that starts with education.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

American First Lady

Special Holidays

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

March 8: National Proofreading Day
United States

National Proofreading Day

The written word is a magical thing, but if we’re too hasty it can get confusing – fast! That’s why proofreading is so important, and that’s why on Proofreading Day, it’s a great time to refresh your proofreading skills, whether that’s by hunting for errors in a magazine or fixing an essay.

March 8: International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

The achievements of women rarely get their fair share of time in the spotlight. International Women’s Day was created to change just that. So celebrate today by spreading the word about any achievements of the women you know; they deserve recognition!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Bees actually have knees. The expression comes from the fact that they store large build-ups of pollen in hairy baskets on their knees.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on this day share the Pisces zodiac sign.

Pisces is represented by the fish and is the twelfth sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between February 19 and March 20 falls into this astrological sign.

People born during March have the Aquamarine birthstone. As the first of the spring birthstones, aquamarine represents transformation and rebirth.

Those who were born on Mar 8 were likely conceived the previous year on June 15.

A baby that is conceived on this day will likely be born around November 29th, 2024.

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