March 8 in Pop Culture History

March 8 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

March 8 History Highlights

  • 1481 – William Caxton reprinted the illustrated book, Mirror of the World, from the original French.
  • 1913 – The Internal Revenue Service began collecting income tax on Americans’ income.
  • 2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the South China Sea
  • If you were born on March 8th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 15th (prior year)

Women’s Day

Since 1911, International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Purple, green, and white are the colors of International Women’s Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept. The colors originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908. (website)

National Proofreading Day

Proofreading is a process that has been around for centuries. Back in the days of medieval scribes, manuscripts had to be copied by hand – and mistakes were inevitable. But the scribes had a few tricks up their sleeves for correcting their work.

One such method was to cross out the incorrect passage, then begin again on the next page. This is a trick that many of us are familiar with – though we tend to type over mistakes instead! Proofreading has come a long way since medieval times…

But that doesn’t mean that the process is perfect. Proofreading still requires a great deal of attention to detail and can be time-consuming. However, it’s an essential step in ensuring the accuracy of your writing.

So next time you’re proofreading a document, remember these tips:

  • Read through the text several times, checking for errors each time.
  • Look for mistakes in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Pay close attention to formatting and layout.
  • Use a tool like Grammarly to help you catch mistakes that you might have missed.

Proofreading is a process that has been around for centuries – but it’s more important than ever in today’s digital world. Proofreading is essential for ensuring that the content you publish online is accurate and error-free. And in today’s fast-paced social media environment, where everything travels at lightning speed, it’s important to be sure that your grammar is correct before sharing!

March 8 is…

Peanut Cluster Day
Proofreading Day
(International) Women’s Day

March 8 Birthday Quotes

“I was raised to believe in myself. I know I’m cool. I’m not trying to brag or say I’m the man or anything like that. I don’t lie or cheat, and I’m not mean to anybody. I treat people with respect.”
– Freddie Prinze, Jr.

“I learned that people want to be in love. They long to be in love, they pretend to be in love, and sometimes they are.”
– Carole Bayer Sager

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not a public democratic organization; it’s a private club basically. It’s like a private golf club and they decide who they’re going to let in the club.”
– Micky Dolenz

“If I had to give up either acting or dancing, I’d choose to keep dancing.”
– Cyd Charisse

March 8 Birthdays

1841 – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., American lawyer and jurist (died in 1935)
1859 – Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author (died in 1932)
1879 – Otto Hahn, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1968)
1902 – Louise Beavers, American actress (died in 1962)
1910 – Claire Trevor, American actress (died in 2000)
1922 – Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (died in 2008)
1942 – Dick Allen, American baseball player (died in 2020)
1943 – Lynn Redgrave, English-American actress and singer (died in 2010)
1945 – Micky Dolenz, American singer-songwriter and actor
1946 – Randy Meisner, American singer-songwriter and bass player
1947 – Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter and painter
1958 – Gary Numan, English singer-songwriter
1976 – Freddie Prinze Jr., American actor
1977 – James Van Der Beek, American actor

March 8 History

1618 – Johannes Kepler formulated his Third Law of Planetary Motion.

1669 – Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily, began erupting and over the next several weeks killed over 20,000 people.

1755 – Thomas Paine, published African Slavery in America – the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.

1817 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded.

1950 – The ‘Volkswagen Type 2’, known as the VW Bus, was produced for the first time.

1961 – Broadway Show – Mary, Mary (Play) March 8, 1961

1968 – Bill Graham’s Fillmore East opened in New York City.

1971 – Muhammad Ali lost to Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier in the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1975 – #1 Hit March 8, 1975 – March 14, 1975: Olivia Newton-John – Have You Never Been Mellow

1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, was broadcast.

1983 – President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an ‘evil empire.’

1993- Beavis and Butt-Head premiered on MTV.

March 8, 2002Cadet Kelly aired on The Disney Channel

2003 – #1 Hit March 8, 2003 – May 9, 2003: 50 Cent – In Da Club

2006Top Chef debuted on Bravo

2014 – #1 Hit March 8, 2014 – May 16, 2014: Pharrell Williams – Happy

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in the Soviet Union and was called International Working Women’s Day until 1975,

In the event of an Apocalypse, would you be more concerned about the hordes of dead citizens in the streets or the fact that there was no pizza left anywhere in your city?

The largest cast of living creatures in a Hollywood film was the 22 million bees, in 1978’s “The Swarm”.

Write down ALL thoughts/ideas. You’re working for a paycheck, not waiting to win the lottery. #LifeProTips

Caractacus Potts was the owner and driver of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In the 18th century, many prominent voices were concerned by an ‘epidemic’ affecting young people whereby they were spending too much time reading books. It was diagnosed as ‘a dangerous disease’ called ‘reading rage, reading fever, reading mania or reading lust.’

If I ever crash land on a planet with Earth-like conditions where everyone speaks English, I’m pretty sure I’d figure out it was Earth right away.

The Capital of Palau is Melekeok

The biggest film of 1969: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Western) earned ~ $102,000,000

Why is there a bear in The Jungle Book? Bears don’t live in the jungle!

On request of the family of Sir Winston Churchill, there is always a marmalade cat called Jock in residence at Chartwell house. Last we checked, Jock VI was still there.

Useless Pronunciation: E as in eight

An elephant’s brain reacts the same way to humans the way human brains react to puppies. That is, they like us.

Maybe someday Beanie Babies will actually become valuable and we will all have a good laugh about it.

“I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vics.” #songlyrics

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