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This day in history

March 8, 2011

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► Today is Tuesday, March 8, the 67th day of 2011. There are 298 days left in the year.

► Today’s birthdays: Actress Sue Ane Langdon is 75. Baseball player-turned-author Jim Bouton is 72. Actor-director Micky Dolenz is 66. Singer-musician Randy Meisner is 65. Pop singer Peggy March is 63. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice is 58. Singer Gary Numan is 53. NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 52. Actor Aidan Quinn is 52. Country musician Jimmy Dormire is 51. Actress Camryn Manheim is 50. Actor Leon is 48. Rock singer Shawn Mullins (The Thorns) is 43. Actress Andrea Parker is 41. Actor Boris Kodjoe is 38. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 35. Actor James Van Der Beek is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kameelah Williams is 33. Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 32. Rock musician Andy Ross (OK Go) is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kristinia DeBarge is 21.

► In 1782, the Gnadenhutten massacre took place as more than 90 Indians were slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.

► In 1854, US Commodore Matthew C. Perry made his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concluded a treaty with the Japanese.

► In 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia rammed and sank the USS Cumberland and heavily damaged the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.

► In 1874, Millard Fillmore, the 13th US president, died in Buffalo, at 74.

► In 1917, Russia’s “February Revolution’’ (so called because of the Old Style calendar used by Russians at the time) began with rioting and strikes in Petrograd. The US Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.

► In 1930, William Howard Taft, the 27th US president, died in Washington at 72.

► In 1944, two days after an initial strike, US heavy bombers resumed raiding Berlin.

► In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon won the New Hampshire presidential primary.

► In 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines were brought in to defend the US air base at Da Nang.

► In 1971, Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali by decision in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century’’ at Madison Square Garden in New York.

► In 1988, 17 soldiers were killed when two Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., collided in midflight.

► In 2001, the Republican-controlled House voted for an across-the-board tax cut of nearly $1 trillion over the next decade. Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet, died in London at 102.

► In 2006, six months after Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush got a close-up look at the remaining mountains of debris, abandoned homes, and boarded-up businesses in New Orleans.

► In 2010, President Obama made a spirited, shirt-sleeved appeal for passage of health care legislation during a visit to Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. A magnitude 6 earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing at least 41 people.