- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

Today is Sunday, March 15, the 74th day of 2009. There are 291 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 15, 1919, members of the American Expeditionary Force from World War I convened in Paris for a three-day meeting to found the American Legion.

On this date:

In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

In 1767, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was born in Waxhaw, S.C.

In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson met with reporters for what’s been described as the first presidential news conference.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino.

In 1956, the musical “My Fair Lady,” based on Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” opened on Broadway.

In 1964, actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.

In 1970, Expo ‘70, promoting “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” opened in Osaka, Japan.

In 1975, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis died near Paris at age 69.

Ten years ago: An Amtrak train slammed into a steel-filled truck at a crossing in Bourbonnais, Ill., killing 11 people. The Kosovar Albanian delegation to peace talks in Paris said it was ready to sign an international accord for Kosovo. Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Dusty Springfield were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Five years ago: Ten days after being convicted in a stock scandal, Martha Stewart resigned from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to the Caribbean from African exile after winning temporary asylum in Jamaica. A drive-by shooting in Mosul, Iraq, killed four American missionaries.

One year ago: A construction crane toppled in New York City, killing seven people. China’s legislature reappointed Hu Jintao as president.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Carl Smith is 82. Musician D.J. Fontana is 78. Former astronaut Alan L. Bean is 77. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 76. Actor Judd Hirsch is 74. Rock musician Phil Lesh is 69. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 68. Rock singer-musician Sly Stone is 66. Rock singer-musician Howard Scott (War; Lowrider Band) is 63. Rock singer Ry Cooder is 62. Actor Craig Wasson is 55. Rock singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is 54. Actress Park Overall is 52. Movie director Renny Harlin is 50. Model Fabio is 48. Singer Terence Trent D’Arby (aka Sananda Maitreya) is 47. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 46. Singer Rockwell is 45. Rock singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) is 41. Actress Kim Raver is 40. Rock musician Mark Hoppus is 37. Actress Eva Longoria Parker is 34. Rapper-musician will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) is 34. Rock DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) is 32. Rapper Young Buck is 28. Actor Sean Biggerstaff is 26. Rock musician Ethan Mentzer is 26. Actress Caitlin Wachs is 20.

Thought for Today: “We’re all in this together … by ourselves.” _ Lily Tomlin, American comedian.

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