March 8th, 1917

Russia’s February Revolution begins.

So called because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar, it begins when riots and strikes erupt over food shortages in Petrograd, now St. Petersburg. A week later, centuries of Czarist rule ends with the abdication of Czar Nicholas II, and Russia took a step closer to a Communist revolution.

March 8th, 1862

C.S.S. Virginia terrorizes Union Navy.

On this day in 1862, the Confederate ironclad Virginia wreaks havoc on the Union squadron off the shores of Hampton Roads, in Virginia.

March 8th, 1950

The VW bus, an icon of counterculture, goes into production.

Known officially as the Volkswagon Type 2 (The Beetle was Type 1), it was VW’s introduction of a microbus into their production line. It was a favorite mode of transport for hippies, and became an icon of the American counterculture in the ’60s and ’70s.

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