This day in history | Way of life

Today is Monday March 8, the 67th day of 2021. There are 298 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, triggering a massive and ultimately unsuccessful search.

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

In 1817 the New York Stock & Exchange Board, which came into being in 1792, was officially organized; it later became known as the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1930, the 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft, died in Washington at the age of 72.

In 1948, the Supreme Court, in McCollum v. Board of Education, canceled voluntary religious education classes in Champaign, Ill., At public schools, saying the program violated the separation of church and state.

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 when 3,500 Marines arrived to defend the US air base in Da Nang.

In 1979, the technology company Philips presented a prototype compact disc player at a press conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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

In 1988, 17 soldiers were killed when two army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., Collided in midair.

In 1999, Baseball Hall of Fame member Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Florida at the age of 84.

In 2004, the Iraqi Governing Council signed a historic interim constitution.

In 2008, President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to obtain information from suspected terrorists.

Ten years ago: Voters in Bell, California went to the polls in droves and kicked out the entire city council after most of its members were accused of fraud. (Residents were furious to learn that former city manager Robert Rizzo received an annual salary of $ 1.5 million and that four of the five city council members paid themselves $ 100,000 a year to meet about one times per month.)

Five years ago: Democrat Bernie Sanders breathed new life into his longtime White House candidacy with a crucial victory in the Michigan primary while Hillary Clinton won an easy victory in Mississippi; Republican Donald Trump took victory in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii, while Ted Cruz carried Idaho. Sir George Martin, the urban Beatles producer who guided the band’s rapid and historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, has died at age 90.

A year ago: The Italian Prime Minister announced a radical quarantine restricting the movements of around a quarter of the country’s population. Two members of Congress, Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Paul Gosar, said they were isolating themselves after determining they had contact at the Conservative Political Action Conference with a man who was later tested positive for coronavirus. The US State Department has issued a warning against travel on cruise ships. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said communities should start thinking about canceling large gatherings, closing schools and letting more employees work from home. Actor Max von Sydow, who played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist”, has died at the age of 90.

Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician George Coleman is 86 years old. Actor Sue Ane (correct) Langdon is 85 years old. College Football Hall of Fame Pete Dawkins is 83 years old. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 77 years old. Actor-director Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) is 76 years old. – Musician Randy Meisner is 75 years old. Pop singer Peggy March is 73 years old. Baseball Hall of Fame member Jim Rice is 68 years old. Jazz musician Billy Childs is 64 years old. Singer Gary Numan is 63 years old. NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 62. Actor Aidan Quinn is 62 years old. Actor Camryn Manheim is 60 years old. Actor Leon (no last name) is 60 years old. Country rock singer Shawn Mullins is 53 years old. Neo-soul singer Van Hunt is 51 years old. Actor Andrea Parker is 51 years old. Actor Boris Kodjoe is 48 years old. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 45 years old. Actor Laura Main is 44 years old. Actor James Van Der Beek is 44 years old. R&B singer Kameelah Williams (702) is 43 years old. Actor Nick Zano is 43 years old. Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 42 years old. Rock musician Andy Ross (OK. Go) is 42 years old. Actor Jessica Collins is 38 years old. R&B singer Kristinia (kris-teh-NEE’-ah) DeBarge is 31 years old.

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