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(Last Updated On: March 8, 2019)
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LEAD STORY

1959
The Barbie doll makes its debut

GENERAL INTEREST
1847
U.S. forces land at Vera Cruz

1916
Pancho Villa raids U.S.

1862
Battle of the Ironclads

ART, LITERATURE, AND FILM HISTORY
1997
Christopher Wallace—a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.—is killed in Los Angeles

GENERAL INTEREST
1841
Supreme Court rules on Amistad slave ship mutiny case

GENERAL INTEREST
1932
China’s last emperor is Japanese puppet

WORLD WAR II
1945
Firebombing of Tokyo

VIETNAM WAR
1970
Marines hand over control of I Corps region

1965
Marines continue to land at Da Nang

SPORTS
1943
Bobby Fischer born

WESTWARD EXPANSION
1916
Pancho Villa attacks Columbus, New Mexico

ART, LITERATURE, AND FILM HISTORY
1913
Virginia Woolf delivers her first novel, The Voyage Out

1996
Comedian George Burns dies at age 100

DISASTER
1981
Japanese power plant leaks radioactive waste

CRIME
1997
Rapper Notorious B.I.G. is killed in Los Angeles

COLD WAR
1954
Republican senators criticize Joseph McCarthy

CIVIL WAR
1862
U.S.S. Monitor battles C.S.S. Virginia

INVENTIONS & SCIENCE
1985
First Adopt-a-Highway sign goes up

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