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8th March

1702 King William III was killed in a riding accident.

1782 A peaceful settlement of Delaware Indians were massacred by militia at Gnadenhutten in Ohio.

1790 The French Assembly voted to continue slavery in French colonies.

1879 * Otto Hahn, German physicist who discovered nuclear fission.

1917 The February Revolution began in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Russia. Which eventually led to the overthrow the czarist government

1921 * Cyd Charisse, US dancer who partnered Fred Astaire in the film, Silk Stockings (1957).

1930 Mahatma Gandhi started a civil disobedience campaign in India.

1943 * Lynn Redgrave, English actress who starred in the film Gregory Girl (1966).

1950 The USSR claimed to be in possession of an atomic bomb.

1950 Rover unveil the first car "JET1" powered by a gas turbine engine.

1958 * Gary Numan, British singer and songwriter.

1965 The US landed 3,500 marines in South Vietnam.

1971 The Daily Sketch newspaper closed after 62 years of publication.

1971 British postal workers went back to work after a seven weeks strike.

1985 At least 45 people died and 175 injured in a car bomb explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

2001 Divers raised the wreck of Donald Campbell's boat, Bluebird, from the bottom of Coniston Water in Cumbria.

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