Saturday, March 9, is the 68th day of 2013. There are 297 days left in the year. A reminder: daylight saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Clocks go forward one hour.
Today’s birthdays: Singer Lloyd Price is 80. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 79. Actress Trish Van Devere is 72. Former ABC anchor Charles Gibson is 70. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 65. Actress Linda Fiorentino is 53. Actress Juliette Binoche is 49. Actor Emmanuel Lewis is 42. Actress Brittany Snow is 27. Rapper Bow Wow is 26.
In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais. (They later divorced.)
In 1862, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.
In 1916, Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing 18 Americans.
In 1945, US B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths.
In 1977, about a dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three buildings in Washington, D.C., killing one person and taking more than 130 hostages. (The siege ended two days later.)
In 1997, gangsta rapper The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles; he was 24.