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Updated: March 24, 2018 @ 4:53 pm
Today is Thursday, March 8.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 8, 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines arrived to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.
In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry made his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concluded a treaty with the Japanese.
In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, died in Buffalo, New York, at age 74.
In 1930, the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, died in Washington at age 72.
In 1999, baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Florida, at age 84.
Ten years ago: Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses.
Five years ago: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan for his first visit as Pentagon chief.
Five years ago: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez) was lauded at his state funeral as a modern-day reincarnation of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar and a disciple of Cuba's Fidel Castro.
In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, setting off a massive search. (To date, the fate of the jetliner and its occupants has yet to be determined.)
One year ago: Fire swept through a crowded youth shelter near Guatemala City, killing 40 girls.
One year ago: Hawaii became the first state to sue to stop President Donald Trump's revised travel ban (the state had previously sued over Trump's initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country).
One year ago: Many American women stayed home from work, joined rallies or wore red to demonstrate how vital they were to the U.S. economy, as International Women's Day was observed with a multitude of events around the world, including the Day Without a Woman in the U.S.
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