Anniversaries and commemorations come and go daily. Most of us, even the best historians, miss most occasions. If we think of history as events then we are faced with a continually showering in the grains of sand. Nevertheless, we do pick out certain patterns in the remembrance of historical dates. The blog here reminds us of some dates where the local, state, national, and global perspectives entwine.
On 8, Friday March 1844, King Oscar I ascends to the throne of Sweden–Norway upon the death of his father, Charles XVI/III John.
On 8, Friday March 1844, King Charles XIV John of Sweden, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, French Napoleonic general, died (b. 1763)
On 8, Monday March 1869, Hector Berlioz, French composer, died (b. 1803)
On 8, Saturday March 1919, The Rowlatt Act is passed by the Imperial Legislative Council in London, indefinitely extending the emergency provisions of the Defence of India Act 1915.
On 8, Wednesday March 1944, Buzz Hargrove, Canadian labour leader, born
On 8, Sunday March 1959, The Marx Brothers make their last television appearance, in The Incredible Jewel Robbery, part of General Electric Theatre
On 8, Sunday March 1959, Lester Holt, American television journalist and news anchor, born
On 8, Sunday March 1959, Aidan Quinn, Irish-American actor, born
On 8, Thursday March 1979, Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time.
On 8, Thursday March 1979, Tom Chaplin, British singer (Keane), born
On 8, Thursday March 1979, Jessica Jaymes, American porn actress, born
On 8, Wednesday March 1989, Robert Lacoste, French politician, died (b. 1898)
On 8, Wednesday March 1989, Carl Stuart Hamblen, American musician, died (b. 1908)
On 8, Tuesday March 1994, Dylan Tombides, Australian footballer, born (d. 2014), born
On 8, Monday March 1999, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer, died (b. 1914)
On 8, Monday March 1999, Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player, died (b. 1914)
On 8, Saturday March 2014, Wendy Hughes, 61, actress, died
On 8, Saturday March 2014, Roy Higgins, 75, jockey, died
On 8, Saturday March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 airliner en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappears over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board. The aircraft is presumed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.