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  • 1979 – Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time.
  • 1965 – Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War.
  • 1936 – Daytona Beach and Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
  • 1920 – The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established.
  • 1917 – The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
  • 1914 – First flights (for the Royal Thai Air Force) at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.
  • 1910 – French aviator Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Naval Battle of Hampton Roads begins.
  • 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
  • 1782 – Gnadenhutten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity are killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indian tribes.
  • 1777 – Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt.
  • 1775 – An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes "African Slavery in America", the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
  • 1655 – John Casor becomes the first legally-recognized slave in England's North American colonies where a crime was not committed.
  • 1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.
  • 1576 – Spanish explorer Diego García de Palacio first sights the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copán.


  • 1988 – Benny Blanco, American rapper and producer. Benjamin Joseph Levin (born March 8, 1988), known professionally as Benny Blanco (stylized as benny blanco), is an American musician, songwriter and record producer.
  • 1983 – Mark Worrell, American baseball player. Mark Robert Worrell (born March 8, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher.
  • 1981 – Timothy Jordan II, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2005), was an American keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter. He was primarily known as a touring member of the platinum-selling band, The All-American Rejects.
  • 1979 – Andy Ross, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Andrew "Andy" Ross (born March 8, 1979), is an American musician most famous as guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist for the rock band OK Go since 2005.
  • 1979 – Apathy, American rapper and producer. Apathy is a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern about something.
  • 1978 – Nick Zano, American actor and producer. Nick Zano (born March 8, 1978) is an American actor.
  • 1977 – James Van Der Beek, American actor. James David Van Der Beek (born March 8, 1977) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek.
  • 1973 – Boris Kodjoe, Austria-born American actor and producer. Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe (/ˈkoʊdʒuː/; born March 8, 1973), better known as Boris Kodjoe, is an Austrian-born actor of German and Ghanaian descent known for his roles as Kelby in the 2002 film Brown Sugar, the sports-courier agent Damon Carter on the Showtime drama series Soul Food, and a recurring character on FOX's The Last Man on Earth.
  • 1970 – Jason Elam, American football player. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft and played 15 seasons with the Broncos and two with the Atlanta Falcons.
  • 1968 – Shawn Mullins, American singer-songwriter. Shawn Mullins (born March 8, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music.
  • 1967 – Joel Johnston, American baseball player. Joel Raymond Johnston (born March 8, 1967 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.
  • 1966 – Jaime Levy, American computer scientist and academic. Jaime Levy is an American author, lecturer, interface designer, and user experience strategist.
  • 1965 – Kenny Smith, American basketball player and sportscaster. Kenneth "The Jet" Smith (born March 8, 1965) is an American sports commentator and former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1964 – Kate Betts, American journalist and author. She lives in New York with her family.
  • 1962 – Leon Robinson, American actor and producer. Leon Preston Robinson, usually credited as simply Leon, (born March 8, 1962) is an American actor and singer, who began his professional career as a film actor in the early 1980s.
  • 1961 – Camryn Manheim, American actress. Camryn Manheim (born Debra Manheim, March 8, 1961) is an American actress known for her roles as attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's The Practice, Delia Banks on CBS's Ghost Whisperer, Gladys Presley in the 2005 miniseries entitled Elvis, and "Control" on Person of Interest.
  • 1960 – Buck Williams, American basketball player and coach. Charles Linwood "Buck" Williams (born March 8, 1960) is an American former professional basketball player and former assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • 1960 – Jeffrey Eugenides, American author and academic. The Virgin Suicides served as the basis of a feature film, while Middlesex received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis.
  • 1959 – Aidan Quinn, Irish-American actor. He has starred in over 80 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), The Mission (1986), Stakeout (1987), Avalon (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Michael Collins (1996), Practical Magic (1998), Song for a Raggy Boy (2003) and Unknown (2011).
  • 1957 – Bob Stoddard, American baseball player. Robert Lyle Stoddard (born March 8, 1957 in San Jose, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals.
  • 1957 – William Edward Childs, American pianist and composer. William Edward Childs (born March 8, 1957) is a jazz pianist, arranger and conductor from Los Angeles, California.
  • 1953 – Jim Rice, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster. James Edward Rice (born March 8, 1953), nicknamed "Jim Ed", is a former Major League Baseball left fielder and designated hitter.
  • 1948 – Peggy March, American pop singer. Peggy March (born Margaret Annemarie Battavio, March 8, 1948 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania) is an American pop singer.
  • 1948 – Robert W. Boyd, American physicist and academic. Robert William Boyd (born 8 March 1948) is an American physicist noted for his work in optical physics and especially in nonlinear optics.
  • 1948 – Sam Lacey, American basketball player (d. 2014). Lacey grew up in Indianola, Mississippi and played basketball at Gentry High School.
  • 1947 – Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter and painter. Carole Bayer Sager (born Carol Bayer on March 8, 1947) is an American lyricist, singer, songwriter, painter, and New York Times best-selling author.
  • 1947 – Michael S. Hart, American author, founded Project Gutenberg (d. 2011), was an American author, best known as the inventor of the e-book and the founder of Project Gutenberg (PG), the first project to make e-books freely available via the Internet. He published e-books years before the Internet existed via the ARPANET, and later on BBS networks and Gopher servers.
  • 1946 – Randy Meisner, American singer-songwriter and bass player. He co-wrote the Eagles hit song "Take It to the Limit", which he also sang.
  • 1945 – Micky Dolenz, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor. George Michael Dolenz Jr. (born March 8, 1945) is an American actor, musician, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as a vocalist and drummer of the 1960s pop/rock band the Monkees.
  • 1945 – Sylvia Wiegand, American mathematician. Sylvia Margaret Wiegand (born March 8, 1945) is an American mathematician.
  • 1943 – Lynn Redgrave, English-American actress and singer (d. 2010). She won 2 Golden Globe Awards, was a two-time Oscar nominee and received Emmy and Tony nominations.
  • 1942 – Dick Allen, American baseball player and tenor. During his 15-season Major League Baseball (MLB) career, he appeared primarily as a first baseman, third baseman, and outfielder, most notably for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox, and is ranked among his sport's top offensive producers of the 1960s and early 1970s.
  • 1939 – Jim Bouton, American baseball player and journalist, was an American professional baseball player. Bouton played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves between 1962 and 1978.
  • 1938 – Pete Dawkins, American football player, colonel, and politician. As a senior in 1958 he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and was a consensus All-America selection.
  • 1937 – Richard Fariña, American singer-songwriter and author (d. 1966), was an American folksinger, songwriter, poet and novelist.
  • 1936 – Sue Ane Langdon, American actress and singer. She has appeared in dozens of television series and had featured roles in films like A Guide for the Married Man and The Cheyenne Social Club, both directed by Gene Kelly, as well as The Rounders opposite Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford and a pair of Elvis Presley movies, Roustabout and Frankie and Johnny.
  • 1935 – George Coleman, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. In 2015, he was named an NEA Jazz Master.
  • 1934 – Marv Breeding, American baseball player and scout (d. 2006), was an American professional baseball second baseman. He played four seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1960 and 1963.
  • 1931 – John McPhee, American author and educator. John Angus McPhee (born March 8, 1931) is an American writer, widely considered one of the pioneers of creative nonfiction.
  • 1931 – Neil Postman, American author and critic (d. 2003), was an American author, educator, media theorist and cultural critic, who is best known for his twenty books, including Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Conscientious Objections (1988), Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992), The Disappearance of Childhood (1994) and The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School (1995).
  • 1925 – Warren Bennis, American scholar, author, and academic (d. 2014), was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies. Bennis was University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California.
  • 1924 – Sean McClory, Irish-American actor and director (d. 2003), was an Irish actor whose career spanned six decades and included well over 100 films and television series.
  • 1922 – Carl Furillo, American baseball player (d. 1989), was an American professional baseball right fielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB), spending his entire career with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. A member of seven National League (NL) champions from 1947 to 1959 inclusive, Furillo batted over .300 five times, winning the 1953 batting title, with a .344 average — then the highest by a right-handed hitting Dodger since 1900.
  • 1922 – Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (d. 2008), was an American dancer and actress.
  • 1922 – Ralph H. Baer, German-American video game designer, created the Magnavox Odyssey (d. 2014), was a German-American inventor, game developer, and engineer.
  • 1920 – Douglass Wallop, American author and playwright (d. 1985), was an American novelist and playwright.
  • 1918 – Eileen Herlie, Scottish-American actress (d. 2008). Eileen Herlie was born Eileen Isobel Herlihy to an Irish Catholic father, Patrick Herlihy, and a Scottish Protestant mother, Isobel Cowden, in Glasgow, Scotland, and was one of five children.
  • 1912 – Meldrim Thomson, Jr., American publisher and politician, 73rd Governor of New Hampshire (d. 2001), was an American politician who served three terms as governor of the U.S. state of New Hampshire from 1973 to 1979. A Republican, he was known as a strong supporter of conservative political values.
  • 1911 – Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American pianist and composer (d. 2000), was an American composer. He was one of the most prolific 20th-century composers, with his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies (surviving manuscripts indicate over 70) and 434 opus numbers.
  • 1910 – Claire Trevor, American actress (d. 2000). She appeared in 68 feature films from 1933 to 1982 (per IMDB), winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Key Largo (1948), and received nominations for her roles in The High and the Mighty (1954) and Dead End (1937).
  • 1909 – Paula Strasberg, American actress and acting coach (d. 1966), was a former stage actress who became actor and teacher Lee Strasberg's second wife and mother of actors John and Susan Strasberg, as well as Marilyn Monroe's acting coach and confidante.
  • 1902 – Jennings Randolph, American journalist and politician (d. 1998), was an American politician from West Virginia. He was a member of the Democratic Party and was the last surviving member of the United States Congress to have served during the first 100 days of Franklin D.
  • 1902 – Louise Beavers, American actress and singer (d. 1962), was an American film and television actress. Beavers appeared in dozens of films and two hit television shows from the 1920s until 1960, most often cast in the role of a maid, servant, or slave.
  • 1900 – Howard H. Aiken, American physicist and computer scientist, created the Harvard Mark I (d. 1973), was an American physicist and a pioneer in computing, being the original conceptual designer behind IBM's Harvard Mark I computer.
  • 1899 – Elmer Keith, American gun designer and author (d. 1984), was an Idaho rancher, firearms enthusiast, and author. Keith was instrumental in the development of the first magnum revolver cartridge, the .357 Magnum, as well as the later .44 Magnum and .41 Magnum cartridges, credited by Roy G.
  • 1886 – Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1972). In 1950, Kendall was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine along with Swiss chemist Tadeusz Reichstein and Mayo Clinic physician Philip S.
  • 1865 – Frederic Goudy, American type designer, created Copperplate Gothic and Goudy Old Style (d. 1947), was an American printer, artist and type designer whose typefaces include Copperplate Gothic, Goudy Old Style and Kennerley.
  • 1856 – Colin Campbell Cooper, American painter and academic (d. 1937), was an American Impressionist painter, perhaps most renowned for his architectural paintings, especially of skyscrapers in New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago. An avid traveler, he was also known for his paintings of European and Asian landmarks, as well as natural landscapes, portraits, florals, and interiors.
  • 1848 – LaMarcus Adna Thompson, American engineer and businessman, developed the roller coaster (d. 1917), was an American inventor and businessman most famous for developing a variety of gravity rides.
  • 1839 – Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (d. 1913), was the inventor of the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher, which she designed in the shed behind her home, she then constructed it engaging the assistance of mechanic George Butters, who became one of her first employees. Once her patent issued in 28 December 1886, she founded Garis-Cochrane Manufacturing Company to manufacture her machines.
  • 1822 – Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Polish inventor and businessman, invented the Kerosene lamp (d. 1882), was a Polish pharmacist, engineer, businessman, inventor, and one of the most prominent philanthropists in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, crown land of Austria-Hungary. He was a pioneer who in 1856 built the world's first modern oil refinery.
  • 1804 – Alvan Clark, American astronomer and optician (d. 1887), was an American astronomer and telescope maker. He was a portrait painter and engraver (c.1830s-1850s), and at the age of 40 became involved in telescope making.
  • 1799 – Simon Cameron, American journalist and politician, 26th United States Secretary of War (d. 1889), was an American businessman and politician. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate and served as United States Secretary of War under President Abraham Lincoln at the start of the American Civil War.


  • 2015 – Sam Simon, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2014 – Leo Bretholz, Austrian-American holocaust survivor and author (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – William Guarnere, American sergeant (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Minoru Mori, Japanese businessman, founded the Mori Art Museum (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Steven Rubenstein, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1962)
  • 2009 – Hank Locklin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach (b. 1947)
  • 2004 – Muhammad Zaidan, Syrian terrorist, founded the Palestine Liberation Front (b. 1948)
  • 2003 – Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2001 – Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 1999 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player and coach (b. 1914)
  • 1999 – Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)
  • 1998 – Ray Nitschke, American football player and actor (b. 1936)
  • 1993 – Billy Eckstine, American trumpet player (b. 1914)
  • 1991 – John Bellairs, American author and academic (b. 1938)
  • 1985 – Edward Andrews, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1983 – Chabuca Granda, Peruvian-American singer-songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 1975 – George Stevens, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • 1973 – Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American keyboard player and songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 1971 – Harold Lloyd, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1893)
  • 1941 – Sherwood Anderson, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1876)
  • 1930 – Edward Terry Sanford, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, United States Assistant Attorney General (b. 1865)
  • 1930 – William Howard Taft, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 27th President of the United States (b. 1857)
  • 1917 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and businessman, founded the Zeppelin Company (b. 1838)
  • 1889 – John Ericsson, Swedish-American engineer, designed the USS Monitor (b. 1803)
  • 1887 – Henry Ward Beecher, American minister and activist (b. 1813)
  • 1887 – James Buchanan Eads, American engineer, designed the Eads Bridge (b. 1820)
  • 1874 – Millard Fillmore, American lawyer and politician, 13th President of the United States (b. 1800)
  • 1819 – Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1739)
  • 1723 – Christopher Wren, English architect, designed St. Paul's cathedral (b. 1632)