On This Day in History: March 8
March 8 is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 298 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Kansas woman wins lottery four days after turning 18. A Kansas woman took home a $25,000 top prize while playing the lottery for the very first time, just four days after her 18th birthday.
- Malfunction delays Saturday's Powerball lottery drawing. People hoping to win the Powerball jackpot Saturday night had to wait a little longer to see the numbers.
- Pennsylvania Lottery observes 45th anniversary of first ticket sales. The Pennsylvania Lottery Tuesday marked the 45th anniversary of its very first game, which went on sale March 7, 1972.
- Connecticut considers allowing online lottery ticket sales. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would move the Connecticut Lottery online for state residents.
- $309 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot rolls into top 25. The multi-state Mega Millions lottery game continued growing its jackpot toward frenzy levels last night.
- State cuts lottery winner's benefits. A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who won $1 million in the state lottery but continued to get food stamps has an unusual connection to the legislator seeking to outlaw what she was she's doing.
- Texas lawmaker aims to bring video gaming to state. Texas state senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa has filed legislation that would legalize video lottery games, a form of slot machine, in Texas.
- Store clerk stole $100,000 in lottery tickets, police say. A Kroger employee was arrested Thursday on charges she stole more than $100,000 in lottery tickets.
- 1 ticket wins $133M Mega Millions lottery jackpot. One lucky lottery player from California can lay claims to a $133 million jackpot.
- S.C. Lottery sales up by 3 percent; Powerball sales down. It's early yet, but the multi-state lottery game Mega Millions has not sent lottery ticket sales shooting through the roof in South Carolina.
- Lottery ticket thief tries to claim prize at same store. Police say a 22-year-old Winter Haven man walked into a Circle K last week and stole $70 worth of Florida Scratch-Off tickets then returned to the same store to cash a winning $50 ticket.
- N.J. lottery midday draws held late, not televised. The New Jersey Lottery's computer system is back on-line, after being down for about 3 1/2 hours this afternoon, officials said.
- Mega Millions lottery jackpot increases to $31 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery grew to $31 million when none of the tickets sold for Tuesday's drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball.
- Oregon store owner gives share of lottery prize to the schools. The owner of a Medford, Oregon, grocery store has donated his share of an $800,000 lottery prize to two elementary schools.
- Ticket Holder Claims $10.6M Ohio Lottery Jackpot. The winner of the Feb. 1 Lot 'O Play drawing has stepped forward to claim the $10.6 million prize.
- Iowa lottery records show sales trends. Mason City TouchPlay outlets took in more than $3.2 million in their machines over the past eight months, with gamblers in Clear Lake throwing in another $663,000, according to an analysis by Lee Enterprises newspapers.
- Montana lottery system getting facelift. New lottery ticket machines being installed in Montana allow consumers to buy lottery tickets 24-hours-a-day.
- N.C. Lottery officials mum on payout of first tickets. Scratch-off tickets for North Carolina's first lottery games will range in cost from $1 to $5, lottery officials said Tuesday.
- Illinois lawmakers debate Internet lottery sales. If store lines have kept you from the big bucks possible in playing the state lottery, a Chicago senator has the solution - just buy the tickets online.
- Lottery trial sheds lights on OLGC miscues. An 81-year-old Canadian man, a cancer survivor, is suing the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC), saying it refused to properly investigate a retailer who allegedly cheated him out of a $250,000 winning Encore ticket.
- Tennessee flooded with a multitude of lottery bills. On the brink of $1 billion in ticket sales, the year-old Tennessee lottery is the subject of 53 bills in the General Assembly to alter its operations.
- Nevada Assembly passes lottery measure. A resolution to legalize a Nevada state lottery was approved 33-9 Monday in the Assembly after supporters emphasized profits would buy textbooks for schoolchildren.
- Ohio Lottery Posts Wrong Results on Official Web Site. Ohio Lottery Commission officials say two employees responsible for posting an incorrect Super Lotto Plus number over the weekend will be disciplined.
- Oregon Gov. pushes for larger lottery cut. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has become a quiet backroom force in pushing the Oregon Lottery into considering a nearly 50 percent cut in the share of proceeds that bars, restaurants and taverns receive for the lottery's new electronic slot games.
- Georgia Lottery looks to install kiosks at airport. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Lottery Corp. hope to offer lottery tickets to the 84 million people who pass through the Atlanta airport each year.
- Wisconsin Powerball winner mystery solved. The winner of a $36.8 million Powerball jackpot, who kept his good fortune to himself since Jan. 8, ended the mystery Monday and came forward to claim his prize.
- Powerball Jackpot Grows To $79 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $79 million, with a cash option of $44 million.
- Mega Millions jackpot increases to $13 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery grew to $13 million Saturday.
- Governor Proposes Powerball for Maine. Maine Gov. John Baldacci proposed adding Powerball to the Maine State Lottery games as part of the supplemental budget presented Friday to lawmakers.
- Florida Lotto rolls over to $15 million. Saturday's Lotto drawing resulted in a rollover when no player matched all six numbers to win the Jackpot prize, the Florida Lottery reported on Sunday.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$414 Million
Mar 9, 2019
- 2.$380.6 Million
Mar 10, 2018
- 3.$309 Million
Mar 11, 2014
- 4.$290 Million
Mar 9, 2018
- 5.$200 Million
Mar 8, 2008
- 6.$170 Million
Mar 10, 2010
- 7.$157 Million
Mar 8, 2016
- 8.€112 Million
Mar 11, 2014
- 9.$154.9 Million
Mar 10, 2021
- 10.$150 Million
Mar 9, 2013
- 11.$148 Million
Mar 9, 2012
- 12.$142 Million
Mar 10, 2007
- 13.€118.82 Million
Mar 9, 2021
- 14.€110.16 Million
Mar 8, 2018
- 15.€117.05 Million
Mar 9, 2019
- 16.$127 Million
Mar 8, 2011
- 17.$119 Million
Mar 11, 2015
- 18.€80 Million
Mar 11, 2011
- 19.$110 Million
Mar 11, 2020
- 20.$106 Million
Mar 10, 2017
- 21.$85 Million
Mar 8, 2017
- 22.$79 Million
Mar 10, 2004
- 23.€72 Million
Mar 10, 2017
- 24.€63.61 Million
Mar 12, 2021
- 25.$75 Million
Mar 10, 2020
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, Mar 8, 2001
20 years old
Saturday, Mar 8, 1986
35 years old
Saturday, Mar 8, 1986
35 years old
Sunday, Mar 8, 1981
40 years old
Saturday, Mar 8, 1980
41 years old
Wednesday, Mar 8, 1978
43 years old
Saturday, Mar 8, 1975
46 years old
Monday, Mar 8, 1971
50 years old
Sunday, Mar 8, 1959
62 years old
Friday, Mar 8, 1957
64 years old
Monday, Mar 8, 1954
67 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- International Women's Day marches in Mexico become violent with 62 police officers and 19 civilians injured in Mexico City alone.
- The first Aurat March (social/political demonstration) was held being International Women's Day in Karachi, Pakistan, since then annually held across Pakistan and feminist slogan Mera Jism Meri Marzi (My body, my choice), in demand for women's right to bodily autonomy and against gender-based violence came into vogue in Pakistan.
- The Azure Window, a natural arch on the Maltese island of Gozo, collapses in stormy weather.
- In one of aviation's greatest mysteries, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying a total of 239 people, disappears en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The fate of the flight remains unknown.
- A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.
- A supposed failed assassination attempt on Islamic cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon kills at least 56 and injures 180 others.
- Cold War: While addressing a convention of Evangelicals, U.S. President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an "evil empire".
- Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time.
- Nelson's Pillar in Dublin, Ireland, destroyed by a bomb.
- The Ba'ath Party comes to power in Syria in a coup d'état
- World War II: The Dutch East Indies surrender Java to the Imperial Japanese Army
- World War II: Imperial Japanese Army forces captured Rangoon, Burma from British.
- Spanish Civil War: The Battle of Guadalajara begins.
- Daytona Beach and Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
- A mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.
- Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while on his way home from the parliament building in Madrid.
- International Women's Day protests in Petrograd mark the beginning of the February Revolution (February 23 in the Julian calendar).
- The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
- World War I: A British force unsuccessfully attempts to relieve the siege of Kut (present-day Iraq) in the Battle of Dujaila.
- French aviator Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license.
- Sakai incident: Japanese samurai kill 11 French sailors in the port of Sakai, Osaka.
- King Oscar I ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
- The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
- War of the Second Coalition: At the Battle of Abukir, a British force under Sir Ralph Abercromby lands in Egypt with the aim of ending the French campaign in Egypt and Syria.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, is crowned Shah of Iran.
- The Safavid Empire of Iran is defeated by an army from Afghanistan at the Battle of Gulnabad.
- Queen Anne, the younger sister of Mary II, becomes Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
- Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655-1661), Frederick III, the King of Denmark-Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden.
- Battle of Hausbergen between bourgeois militias and the army of the bishop of Strasbourg.
- Following the death of his mother, queen Urraca of León, Alfonso VII is proclaimed king of León.
- Ferdowsi completes his epic poem Shahnameh.
Births On This Day
- Tali Darsigny, Canadian weightlifter
- Matthew Hammelmann, Australian rules footballer
- Claire Emslie, Scottish footballer
- Tom English, Australian rugby player
- Asier Illarramendi, Spanish footballer
- Petra Kvitová, Czech tennis player
- Maria Ohisalo, Finnish politician and researcher
- Ross Taylor, New Zealand cricketer
- André Santos, Brazilian footballer
- Mark Worrell, American baseball player
- Leonidas Kampantais, Greek footballer
- James Van Der Beek, American actor
- Johann Vogel, Swiss footballer
- Juan Encarnación, Dominican baseball player
- Freddie Prinze Jr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Lena Sundström, Swedish journalist and author
- Jason Elam, American football player
- Michael Bartels, German race car driver
- Greg Barker, Baron Barker of Battle, English politician
- Kenny Smith, American basketball player and sportscaster
- Camryn Manheim, American actress
- Larry Murphy, Canadian ice hockey player
- Irek Mukhamedov, Russian ballet dancer
- Aidan Quinn, Irish-American actor
- Gary Numan, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Clive Burr, English rock drummer (d. 2013)
- William Edward Childs, American pianist and composer
- Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
- Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (d. 1989)
- David Malpass, American economist and government official
- Steve James, American documentary filmmaker
- David Wilkie, Sri Lankan-Scottish swimmer
- Jim Rice, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
- Dianne Walker, American tap dancer
- Teofilo Cubillas, Peruvian footballer
- Mel Galley, English rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)
- Jonathan Sacks, English rabbi, philosopher, and scholar (d. 2020)
- Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter and painter
- Michael S. Hart, American author, founded Project Gutenberg (d. 2011)
- Randy Meisner, American singer-songwriter and bass player
- Micky Dolenz, American singer-songwriter and actor
- Anselm Kiefer, German painter and sculptor
- Sergey Nikitin, Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Susan Clark, Canadian actress and producer
- Lynn Redgrave, English-American actress and singer (d. 2010)
- Dick Allen, American baseball player and tenor (d. 2020)
- Ann Packer, English sprinter, hurdler, and long jumper
- Norman Stone, British historian, author, and academic (d. 2019)
- Jim Bouton, American baseball player and journalist (d. 2019)
- Lynn Seymour, Canadian ballerina and choreographer
- Lidiya Skoblikova, Russian speed skater and coach
- Robert Tear, Welsh tenor and conductor (d. 2011)
- Richard Fariña, American singer-songwriter and author (d. 1966)
- Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan politician, President of Rwanda (d. 1994)
- Sue Ane Langdon, American actress and singer
- George Coleman, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader
- Marv Breeding, American baseball player and scout (d. 2006)
- John McPhee, American author and educator
- Neil Postman, American author and social critic (d. 2003)
- Gerald Potterton, English-Canadian animator, director, and producer
- Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
- Douglas Hurd, English politician
- Ramon Revilla Sr., Filipino actor and politician (d. 2020)
- Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2001)
- Warren Bennis, American scholar, author, and academic (d. 2014)
- Anthony Caro, English sculptor and illustrator (d. 2013)
- Sean McClory, Irish-American actor and director (d. 2003)
- Addie L. Wyatt, American civil rights activist and labor leader (d. 2012)
- Ralph H. Baer, German-American video game designer, created the Magnavox Odyssey (d. 2014)
- Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (d. 2008)
- Carl Furillo, American baseball player (d. 1989)
- Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese author and illustrator (d. 2015)
- Alan Hale Jr., American actor and restaurateur (d. 1990)
- Eileen Herlie, Scottish-American actress (d. 2008)
- Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Belarusian-Russian physicist and astronomer (d. 1987)
- Preston Smith, American businessman and politician, Governor of Texas (d. 2003)
- Meldrim Thomson Jr., American publisher and politician, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 2001)
- Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American pianist and composer (d. 2000)
- Claire Trevor, American actress (d. 2000)
- Beatrice Shilling, English motorcycle racer and engineer (d. 1990)
- Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek lawyer and politician, President of Greece (d. 1998)
- Louise Beavers, American actress and singer (d. 1962)
- Jennings Randolph, American journalist and politician (d. 1998)
- Charlotte Whitton, Canadian journalist and politician, 46th Mayor of Ottawa (d. 1975)
- Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet and author (d. 1979)
- Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1972)
- Otto Hahn, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
- Frederic Goudy, American type designer (d. 1947)
- Kenneth Grahame, British author (d. 1932)
- Bramwell Booth, English 2nd General of The Salvation Army (d. 1929)
- Colin Campbell Cooper, American painter and academic (d. 1937)
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., American lawyer and jurist (d. 1935)
- Harriet Samuel, English businesswoman and founder the jewellery retailer H. Samuel (d. 1908)
- João de Deus, Portuguese poet and educator (d. 1896)
- Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist and anthropologist (d. 1875)
- Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Polish inventor and businessman, invented the Kerosene lamp (d. 1882)
- Alvan Clark, American astronomer and optician (d. 1887)
- Simon Cameron, American journalist and politician, United States Secretary of War (d. 1889)
- Jan Potocki, Polish ethnologist, historian, linguist, and author (d. 1815)
- William V, Prince of Orange (d. 1806)
- André Michaux, French botanist and explorer
- Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, English admiral and politician, Treasurer of the Navy (d. 1799)
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German pianist and composer (d. 1788)
- John Fothergill, English physician and botanist (d. 1780)
- John of God, Portuguese friar and saint (d. 1550)
Deaths On This Day
- Max von Sydow, Swedish actor (b. 1929)
- Marshall Brodien, American actor (b. 1934)
- Cedrick Hardman, American football player and actor (b. 1948)
- Kate Wilhelm, American author (b. 1928)
- George Martin, English composer, conductor, and producer (b. 1926)
- Sam Simon, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1955)
- Leo Bretholz, Austrian-American Holocaust survivor and author (b. 1921)
- William Guarnere, American sergeant (b. 1923)
- John O'Connell, Irish and politician, Irish Minister of Health (b. 1927)
- Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin, German soldier and publisher (b. 1922)
- Simin Daneshvar, Iranian author and academic (b. 1921)
- Hank Locklin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1918)
- John Inman, English actor (b. 1935)
- John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach (b. 1947)
- César Lattes, Brazilian physicist and academic (b. 1924)
- Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen commander and politician, President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (b. 1951)
- Muhammad Zaidan, Syrian terrorist, founded the Palestine Liberation Front
- Adam Faith, English singer (b. 1940)
- Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
- Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinian journalist and author (b. 1914)
- Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)
- Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player and coach (b. 1914)
- Ray Nitschke, American football player (b. 1936)
- Jack Churchill, British colonel (b. 1906)
- Billy Eckstine, American trumpet player (b. 1914)
- Alan Lennox-Boyd, 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, English lieutenant and politician (b. 1904)
- William Walton, English composer (b. 1902)
- George Stevens, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1904)
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American keyboard player and songwriter (b. 1945)
- Harold Lloyd, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1893)
- Thomas Beecham, English conductor and composer (b. 1879)
- Othmar Schoeck, Swiss composer and conductor (b. 1886)
- Hulusi Behçet, Turkish dermatologist and scientist (b. 1889)
- Fredy Hirsch, German Jewish athlete who helped thousands of Jewish children in the Holocaust (b. 1916)
- José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban chess player (b. 1888)
- Sherwood Anderson, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1876)
- Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
- William Howard Taft, American politician, 27th President of the United States (b. 1857)
- Edward Terry Sanford, American jurist and politician, United States Assistant Attorney General (b. 1865)
- Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1837)
- Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and businessman (b. 1838)
- John Ericsson, Swedish-American engineer (b. 1803)
- Henry Ward Beecher, American minister and activist (b. 1813)
- James Buchanan Eads, American engineer, designed the Eads Bridge (b. 1820)
- Millard Fillmore, American lawyer and politician, 13th President of the United States (b. 1800)
- Priscilla Susan Bury, British botanist (b. 1799)
- Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter (b. 1815)
- Hector Berlioz, French composer, conductor, and critic (b. 1803)
- Charles XIV John of Sweden (b. 1763)
- Christopher Wren, English architect, designed St. Paul's Cathedral (b. 1632)
- Abraham Darby I, English blacksmith (b. 1678)
- William III of England (b. 1650)
- Xu Xiake, Chinese geographer and explorer (b. 1587)
- Veit Bach, German baker and miller
- John of God, Portuguese friar and saint (b. 1495)
- Francesco I Sforza, Duke of Milan (b. 1401)
- Bayezid I, Ottoman sultan (b. 1360)
- Pope Celestine II
- Adela of Normandy, by marriage countess of Blois (b. c. 1067)
- Urraca of León and Castile (b. 1079)