Friday, March 15, is the 74th day of 2013. There are 291 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Former astronaut Alan Bean is 81. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 80. Actor Judd Hirsch is 78. Rock musician Phil Lesh is 73. Singer Mike Love is 72. Rock singer Sly Stone is 70. Rock singer Ry Cooder is 66. Rock singer Dee Snider is 58.
Model Fabio is 52. Singer Terence Trent D’Arby is 51. Rock singer Bret Michaels is 50. Rock singer Mark McGrath is 45. Actress Eva Longoria is 38. Rapper-musician will.i.am is 38.
In 44 BC, Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
In 1767, the seventh US president, Andrew Jackson, was born in Waxhaw, S.C.
In 1820, Maine became the 23d state.
In 1913, President Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.
In 1919, members of the American Expeditionary Force from World War I convened in Paris to found the American Legion.
In 1985, the first Internet domain name, symbolics.com, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.
In 2008, a construction crane toppled in New York, killing seven people.