TODAY IN HISTORY

 

TVC E. Today in history  in 1993, Nigerian singer Fela Kuti was arrested again on suspicion of murder.Fela and four members of the Afrika ’70 organization were arrested for murder. The battle against military corruption in Nigeria was taking its toll, especially during the rise of dictator Sani Abacha.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti died on Saturday, August 2, 1997, at 4pm (local time) in Lagos, Nigeria. It had been rumoured for some time that Fela had a serious illness he was refusing treatment for, many said he was suffering from prostate cancer. But as it turns out, Fela died from complications due to AIDS as Fela’s brother, Olikoye Ransome Kuti, had said at a news conference.

 

March 8 is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 298 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

1957 Egypt Suez Canal 8th March, 1957: The Suez Canal which connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea is reopened to international traffic by Egypt after Israel withdraws from occupied Egyptian territory

 

1917 Russia Russian Revolution 8th March, 1917: The beginning of the Russian Revolution ( Often Called The February Revolution March 1917 in the Western Calendar ) against Czarist Rule following the lack of food in Petrograd leading to the abdication by Nicholas II and the beginning of the communist party rule in Russia.

 

1920 Mexico Kidnapping Monday, 8th March, 1920: An editorial regarding the possibility of kidnapping in Mexico (or anywhere else) was thought of as not far from the truth. This article was awareness that anybody could be held for ransom.

1921 Spain Eduardo Dato Tuesday, 8th March, 1921: Eduardo Dato, the Spanish Prime Minister, is assassinated

1936 U.S.A. Daytona Car Racing 8th March, 1936: For the first time ever, car racing was done in Daytona. This first race was organized specifically for stock car racing participants, and was considered an early start of what people now know as the Daytona 500.

 

1942 Java Dutch Surrender 8th March, 1942: This was the day of the Dutch surrender to the Japanese, which lead to the beginning of the end of Dutch power in the East Indies. The Dutch army had officially given in to the Japanese on the island of Java, and two months of fighting had come to an end.

 

1951 U.S.A. Lonely Hearts Killers 8th March, 1951: The Lonely Hearts killers, were executed in Sing Sing Prison’s electric chair. They had deceived lonely widows to gain access to their money when Fernandez seduced the women and then stole their possessions.

 

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