This day in history

Saturday, March 8, is the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Clocks go forward one hour.

Birthdays: Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 70. Musician Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) is 69. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice is 61. Singer Gary Numan is 56. NBC anchor Lester Holt is 55. Actor Aidan Quinn is 55. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 38. Actor James Van Der Beek is 37.

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.

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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.

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 1999, Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Fla., at age 84.