A recap on the historical events that occurred on March 8th is given to us by Russ Mitchell in this video clip from This Day in History. In 1948, the US Supreme Court ruled that religious teachings in schools was unconstitutional. Also on this day, the Confederate iron clad war ship Virginia sank two Union war ships off the coast of Virginia. The major league baseball player Joe DiMaggio passed away in 1999. Revolution began in Russia, which resulted in Nicholas II abdicating his throne. His abdication led to the communist take over of Russia.