John’s Believe It Or Not… March 8th

John standing at the front of his classroom.

It’s Wednesday – International Women’s Day! Did you know…

* 1945 – International Women’s Day first celebrated on this day in Canada and around the world. (International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.)Logo of International Women's Day

* 1702 – Royalty – Queen Anne ascends the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland, succeeding her cousin and brother-in-law, William III. (She became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8 March 1702. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, two of her realms, the kingdoms of England and Scotland, united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death.)

full portrait of Queen Ann* 1951 The Lonely Hearts Killers are executed. (The Lonely Hearts Killers, Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, are executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in New York. The strange couple had schemed to seduce, rob and murder women who placed personal ads in newspapers. Beck and Fernandez boasted to killing as many as seventeen women in this manner, but evidence suggests that there may have been only four victims.)

front page of newspaper with headline: Heart Killers Die Calmly; Martha Last

* 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes with more than 200 people aboard. (On this day in 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, loses contact with air traffic control less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur then veers off course and disappears. Despite a massive air-and-sea search effort for the Beijing-bound Boeing 777, investigators have failed to find any trace of the aircraft or determine why it vanished.)picture of aircraft in flight.

1973 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain. (The attack was carried out by a 10-person ASU from the Provisional IRA Belfast Brigade. The unit also exploded a second bomb which went off outside the Ministry of Agriculture in London on the same day at around the same time the bomb at the Old Bailey bomb went off. This was the Provisional IRA’s first major attack on mainland Britain since The Troubles began back in 1969. One British civilian died of a heart attack attributed to the bombing. Two additional bombs were found and defused. Nine people from Belfast were convicted six months later for the bombing, and one acquitted for providing information to the police.)Picture showing the entrance of the Old Bailey.

Look who was born on this date!

drawing depicting Anne Bonny dressed as a pirate.* Anne Bonny in 1702. (Irish Pirate:  A Famous pirate in the Caribbean in between 1718 and 1720, she fought under the command of “Calico Jack” Rackham. She was born near Cork, Ireland probably sometime around 1700 (our dates are approximate), the result of a scandalous affair between an English lawyer and his maid. He was eventually forced to bring Anne and her mother to America to escape the gossip that her birth created. Together with fellow female pirate Mary Read, she was one of Rackham’s most formidable pirates, fighting, cursing and drinking with the best of them.)

head shot of Claire Trevor* Claire Trevor in 1909. (American Actress: She appeared in over 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.)


head shot of Wendell-Holmes* Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr in 1841. (American Jurist:  Noted for his long service, his concise and pithy opinions and his deference to the decisions of elected legislatures, he is one of the most widely cited United States Supreme Court justices in history. He retired from the Court at the age of 90 years, 309 days, making him the oldest Justice in the Supreme Court’s history.)




Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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