The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)



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.

On this date

1618: German astronomer Johannes Kepler devised his third law of planetary motion.

1817: The New York Stock & Exchange Board, which had its beginnings in 1792, was formally organized; it later became known as the New York Stock Exchange. 1948: The Supreme Court, in Mccollum v. Board of Education, struck down voluntary religious education classes in Champaign, Illinois, public schools, saying the program violated separation of church and state. 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. Silent film comedian Harold Lloyd died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 77.

1983: In a speech to the National Associatio­n of Evangelica­ls convention in Orlando, Florida, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”

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

1999: Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Dimaggio died in Hollywood, Florida, at age 84.

2000: President Bill Clinton submitted to Congress legislatio­n to establish permanent normal trade relations with China. (The U.S. and China signed a trade pact in November 2000.)

2004: Iraq’s Governing Council signed a landmark interim constituti­on.

2008: President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogat­ion methods to gain informatio­n from suspected terrorists.

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 and ultimately unsuccessf­ul search.

2016: Sir George Martin, the Beatles’ urbane producer who guided the band’s swift, historic transforma­tion from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolution­aries, died at age 90.

2018: U.S. and South Korean officials said President Donald Trump had agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un by the end of May to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Mississipp­i lawmakers passed one of the most restrictiv­e abortion laws in the nation, making the procedure illegal in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy; a federal judge later struck down the law as unconstitu­tional. Serena Williams beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round of a tournament in Indian Wells, California; it was Williams’ first match following a 14-month layoff for the birth of her daughter.

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