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Guatemala orphanage fire

Protests against abuse, rape, and overcrowding in orphanage broke out into a riot. On next day, 51 girls were locked to a schoolroom, with the National Police guarding them. After a fire broke out inside, they did not let the girls escape. In total, 41 girls died due to the fire, all of them between 14 and 17 years old.

Aboriginal DNA study

Group of scientist led by John Mitchell from La Trobe University, Australia performed a genetic study of Aboriginal Australians and Papuans. According to the results, both groups left Africa around 58 000 years ago. This makes them older than Europeans. They arrived in Australia and Papua approximately 50 000 years ago.

Video game Tom Clancy's The Division is released

Tom Clancy's The Division is set in a near future New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic. The game is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer. It was developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

A scheduled international flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared over the South China Sea. According to military radar, the plane changed its course from the original one. An international search yielded little to no results. Several pieces of debris have been found, however, the bulk of the plan has not been located.

Video game Dragon Age II is released

Dragon Age II is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The game is set in the world of Thedas where the player assumes the role of Hawke who arrives in the city of Kirkwall and becomes its legendary champion.

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia debuts

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia is the Middle East and North Africa edition of the international publication. On the first cover was Shakira. The English language magazine also has a web platform and launched an Arabic language version of the website.

1998

American football middle linebacker Ray Nitschke dies at 61

Raymond Ernest Nitschke was a professional American football middle linebacker who spent his entire 15-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. Nitschke died of a heart attack in Venice, Florida at the age of 61. He had been driving to the home of a family friend, according to his daughter, Amy Klaas, who was with him when he was stricken.

"Fargo" is released in the US

Fargo was written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It received 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. In 1998, the American Film Institute named the film one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.

The 20th People's Choice Awards are held

The 20th People's Choice Awards were hosted by Paul Reiser and broadcast on CBS. Brett Buttler was awarded the Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series prize. Kelsey Grammer was awarded the Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series prize. Steven Spielberg received a special award for his work in the motion picture industry.

Diana Ross is top of the UK singles chart with "Chain Reaction"

Chain Reaction is a song recorded by Diana Ross and written by the Bee Gees, who also recorded the backing vocals for the single. The song is included on Ross' album Eaten Alive. It became her 2nd number 1 hit, after the single I'm Still Waiting, in the UK Singles Chart.

President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" in speech in Florida

The phrase evil empire was first applied to the Soviet Union in 1983 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who took an aggressive, hard-line stance that favored matching and exceeding the Soviet Union's strategic and global military capabilities, in calling for a rollback strategy that would, in his words, "write the final pages of the history of the Soviet Union".

Kat Von D is born

Kat Von D is an American tattoo artist and television personality. She is known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink. In 2008, she launched her own cosmetics line for Sephora. She is a vegan and promotes cruelty-free makeup products.

Io volcanoes

The Voyager 1 imaging scientist Linda Morabito discovered volcanic activity on Io, a moon of Jupiter, the date of discovery sometimes also cited as March 9. She detected a 270 kilometers long cloud of volcanic origin. It was the first proof of active extra-terrestrial volcanoes. According to the current state of knowledge, Io hosts around 400 volcanoes.

Philips publicly demonstrates a prototype of CD

Phillips demonstrated a prototype of an optical digital audio disc at a press conference called Phillips Introduce Compact Disc. The event took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The compact disc was officially released 3 years later, in 1982.

Actor James Van Der Beek is born

James Van Der Beek is best known for his role of Dawson Leery in the series Dawson's Creek. On the television series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, he portrayed a fictionalized version of himself. His film roles include Varsity Blues and The Rules of Attraction.

Police find cannabis growing on McCartney's farm

Swedish court fined McCartney £1,000 for cannabis possession. Soon after, Scottish police found marijuana plants growing on his farm, leading to his 1973 conviction for illegal cultivation and a £100 fine. As a result of his drug convictions, the US government repeatedly denied him a visa until December 1973.

UK postal workers end 7-week strike

Postal workers in Britain demanded a pay rise of 15-20%, however, the Post Office managers made a lower offer. This was a sparkle needed to start the first national postal strike. It lasted for seven weeks. During that time, many private post offices were opened, to fill the gaps left by the closed official ones.

1971

The Fight of the Century

The Fight of the Century refers to the boxing match between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, which took place at Madison Square Garden. It was the 1st time that 2 undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title. Frazier won in 15 rounds by unanimous decision.

Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam

Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. By March, he had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad. Expressing many regrets about his time with them, which he had come to regard as largely wasted, he embraced Sunni Islam. He repudiated the Nation of Islam, disavowed racism and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

Rover unveils the world's first gas-turbine car

Rover Company showed their JET1 prototype to the public. It was an open two-seat car powered by a gas turbine engine, positioned behind the passenger seats. It was later further developed in order to increase its speed, for which it later held a world record, being the first gas turbine powered car to reach 152.69 mph.

1937

Canadian ice hockey player Howie Morenz dies at 34 from complications of an injury he suffered in a game

Howard William "Howie" Morenz was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Morenz died from complications of a broken leg, an injury he suffered in a game. After his death, the Canadiens retired his jersey number, the first time the team had done so for any player.

The 27th US President William Howard Taft dies at 72

William Howard Taft served as the 27th President of the United States. Taft was elected president in 1908 and defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912. He died at his home in Washington at 72. He became the first president and first member of the Supreme Court to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

German airship manufacturer Ferdinand von Zeppelin dies

He built the first rigid airship, often called just Zeppelin today. After retiring from army, he started a company to build airships in 1898. His first airship took off in 1900 at Lake Constance, where she had been assembled in a floating assembly shed. During the Great war, Zeppelins were used to bomb Britain.

International Women's Day

March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman's Conference to become an "International Woman's Day". After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Actress Claire Trevor is born

Claire Trevor appeared in more than 60 films, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Key Largo, and earning nominations for her roles in The High and the Mighty and Dead End. Her last film was Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties.

Richard Straus' "Don Quixote" premieres in Keulen

Don Quixote is a work based on the novel of similar name from Miguel de Cervantes. It is written as a tone poem for cello, viola, and orchestra. The premiere in Cologne was conducted by Franz Wüllner, with Friedrich Grützmacher as the cello soloist. It is roughly 45 minutes long, divided into 14 sections.

German chemist Otto Hahn is born

He provided the first proof of the nuclear fission together with Austrian physicist Lise Meitner. Nuclear fission is the process exploited by nuclear reactors to generate heat and, subsequently, electricity. It can be, however, also abused for construction of nuclear weapons. Hahn was also an opponent of National Socialism and Jewish persecution.

The New York Stock Exchange is founded

Buttonwood Agreement stockbrokers in NY came up with new reforms and reorganized, reforming as the NY Stock and Exchange Board. They began renting several spaces for securities trading over the years, until 1865 when they adopted the current location. By far, it is by market capitalization the largest exchange in the world.

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