updated 3/8/2005 12:01:12 AM ET 2005-03-08T05:01:12

Today is Tuesday, March 8, the 67th day of 2005. There are 298 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:
On March 8, 1782, the Gnadenhutten massacre took place as some 90 Indians were slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.

On this date:
In 1702, England’s Queen Anne ascended the throne upon the death of King William III.

In 1841, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the “Great Dissenter,” was born in Boston.

In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry made his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concluded a treaty with the Japanese.

In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, died in Buffalo, N.Y.

In 1917, Russia’s “February Revolution” (so called because of the Old Style calendar being used by Russians at the time) began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg.

In 1917, the U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.

In 1930, the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, died in Washington.

In 1942, Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma, during World War II.

In 1965, the United States landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam.

In 1999, New York Yankees baseball star Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Fla., at age 84.

Ten years ago: Two United States diplomats were killed, one injured, when their car was ambushed as they were driving to the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The plummeting dollar stabilized after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan called the decline unwarranted.

Five years ago: President Clinton submitted to Congress legislation to establish permanent normal trade relations with China. A letter carrier, two firefighters and a sheriff’s deputy were shot to death in Memphis, Tenn., allegedly by the letter carrier’s husband, Frederick Williams, who was also a firefighter.

One year ago: Iraq’s Governing Council signed a landmark interim constitution. Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks slugged Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore during a game, leaving Moore with a broken neck, concussion and facial cuts. (Bertuzzi, who was suspended indefinitely from the NHL, later pleaded guilty to criminal assault.) Abul Abbas, the Palestinian guerrilla leader who planned the hijacking of the Achille Lauro passenger ship, died while in U.S. custody in Baghdad, Iraq; he was 56. Actor Robert Pastorelli was found dead in his Hollywood Hills, Calif., home; he was 49.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Sue Ane Langdon is 69. Baseball player-turned-author Jim Bouton is 66. Actress Lynn Redgrave is 62. Actor-director Micky Dolenz is 60. Lyricist Carole Bayer Sager is 59. Baseball player Jim Rice is 52. Singer Gary Numan is 47. Actor Aidan Quinn is 46. Country musician Jimmy Dormire (Confederate Railroad) is 45. Actress Camryn Manheim is 44. Actor Leon is 42. Rock singer Shawn Mullins (The Thorns) is 37. Actress Andrea Parker is 36. Actor Boris Kodjoe is 32. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 29. Actor James Van Der Beek is 28. R&B singer Kameelah Williams (702) is 27.

Thought for today: “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” — Dodie Smith, English playwright (1896-1990).

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