Fallen Butterfly Joe Frazier Muhammad Ali Madison Square Garden Defeat 1971 Getty Images/Hulton Archive/Keystone
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On March 8, 1971: Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali by decision at Madison Square Garden. This was The Fight of the Century, as both fighters were considered World Heavyweight Champions and Frazier was plausibly Ali’s superior. After 15 rounds, Frazier kept his title and Ali was dealt his first professional loss.

Ali V Frazier MSG 1971

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On March 8, 1817: The New York Stock Exchange was founded. The Buttonwood Agreement started the New York Stock & Exchange Board, and it was signed by 24 stock brokers outside of 68 Wall Street. The organization’s name was changed to New York Stock Exchange in 1863 and has been used ever since.

New York Stock Exchange New York City

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On March 8, 1968: The Filmore East opened on Second Avenue in the East Village. It was owned by rock promoter Bill Graham, and featured some of the biggest acts in rock music at the time, such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, and the Grateful Dead.

Marquee Of Fillmore East New York City

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