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This day in history

Friday, March 8, is the 67th day of 2013. There are 298 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Baseball player-author Jim Bouton is 74. Actor-director-musician Micky Dolenz is 68. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice is 60. Singer Gary Numan is 55. NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 54. Actor Aidan Quinn is 54. Rock singer Shawn Mullins (The Thorns) is 45. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 37. Actor James Van Der Beek is 36. R&B singer Kameelah Williams (702) is 35. Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 34.

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In 1702, England’s Queen Anne acceded to the throne upon the death of King William III.

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

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

In 1965, the US 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. Silent film comedian Harold Lloyd died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 77.

In 1983, in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Fla., President Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an ‘‘evil empire.’’

In 1988, 17 soldiers were killed when two Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., collided in mid-flight.

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