This day in history

Today is Friday, March 15, the 74th day of 2019. There are 291 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 86. Actor Judd Hirsch is 84. Jazz musician Charles Lloyd is 81. Rock musician Phil Lesh is 79. Beach Boys singer Mike Love is 78. Rock singer Sly Stone is 76. Rock guitarist Ry Cooder is 72. Actress Frances Conroy is 66. Actor Craig Wasson is 65. Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider is 64. Model Fabio is 58. Poison singer Bret Michaels is 56. Actress Eva Longoria is 44. Black Eyed Peas rapper-musician is 44.

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


In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.

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In 1913, President Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.

In 1916, a US expeditionary force led by General John J. Pershing entered Mexico on an ultimately futile mission to capture Pancho Villa, whose raiders had attacked Columbus, N.M., killing 18 US citizens.

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

In 1985, the first Internet domain name,, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.


In 2005, former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers was convicted in New York of engineering the largest corporate fraud in US history. (He was later sentenced to 25 years in prison.)

In 2014, Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, said a Malaysian jetliner missing for a week had deliberately diverted and continued flying for more than seven hours after severing contact with the ground, meaning it could have gone as far northwest as Kazakhstan or into the Indian Ocean’s southern reaches.

Last year, a pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway, crushing vehicles beneath massive slabs of concrete and steel; six people died. The Trump administration accused Moscow of an elaborate plot to hack into America’s electric grid, factories, water supply, and even air travel; the United States also targeted Russians with sanctions for alleged election meddling.