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On This Day: March 8


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March 8 has been a big date for historic events. Learn why here.

Some important events that shaped the worlds of sports, entertainment and more took place on March 8. Here's a few:

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Beatles.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Beatles.

  • William III of England, aka William of Orange, died after being thrown from his horse (1702).
  • The first test to pump water through the most difficult section of the Golden Pipeline, leading to the Western Australian Goldfields, was successfully carried out (1902).
  • The US Army massacred 600 innocent villagers in the Philippines (1906).
  • The first helicopter was licenced for commercial use, in NYC (1946).
  • The International Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt for refusing to play Israel (1951).
  • The Beatles, with Pete Best, enjoy their TV debut, performing Dream Baby on the BBC (1962).
  • Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15 to retain heavyweight bo title at Madison Square Garden (1971).
  • Fifteen people are killed in a firebomb attack on the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub in Brisbane, Australia (1973).
  • The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4 (1978).
  • A DNA study by University of Adelaide researchers shows our Aboriginal population dates back 50,000 years from one migration (2017).
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