Today in history – March 8, 2019

1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.

1775 – An anonymous writer, thought 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.

1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded.

1910 – French aviator Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot’s license.

1913 – The Internal Revenue Service began to levy and collect income taxes in the United States.

1924 – A mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.

1971 – The Fight of the Century between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali commences. Frazier wins in 15 rounds via unanimous decision.

1983 – While addressing a convention of Evangelicals, President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an “evil empire.”