This Day in History For March 8
1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
1884 – Susan B. Anthony addresses U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators 1st introduced a federal women’s suffrage amendment.
1913 – Internal Revenue Service begins to levy & collect income taxes.
1917 – US Senate introduces the Cloture Rule, requiring a two-thirds majority to end debate, at the urging of Woodrow Wilson.
1927 – Pan American Airlines incorporates.
1930 – Baseball slugger Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for a then huge $100,000 with NY Yankees; GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts “No one will ever be paid more than Ruth.”
1936 – The first stock car race was held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
1948 – US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.
1953 – Census indicates 239,000 farmers gave up farming in the last 2 years in the US.
1958 – 5th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 88-74.
1965 – First US combat forces arrive in Vietnam, on the beaches of Da Nang.
1971 – Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali’s 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the “Fight of the Century.”
1980 – 6th People’s Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (motion picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)
1986 – Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million.
1994 – US Defense Department announces smoking ban in the workplace.
1998 – 45th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 duke, 83-68.
2012 – Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles over safety concerns.
2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight MH1370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history and one of the most enduring aviation mysteries.
2020 – America registers 521 cases of COVID-19 with 21 deaths across 33 states.
2022 – Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers agrees to remain with the Green Bay Packers in a reported 4-year, $200m deal that would make him the highest paid player in NFL history.