Today in History, March 8: US gets mired in Vietnam War

Published on Mar 7, 2017
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Highlights of this day in history: The first American combat troops arrive in South Vietnam; The Russian Revolution begins; U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry makes his second landing in Japan; Baseball hall-of-famer Joe DiMaggio dies.

 
Birthdays:
 
  • 1939 Jim Bouton, pitcher (NY Yankees)/author (Ball Four), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1943 Lynn Redgrave, British American actress (Gregory Girl), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1944 Carole Bayer Sager, NY, aka Mrs Burt Bachrach, singer (Arthur)
  • 1953 Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)
  • 1960 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • 1963 Kathy Ireland, model/actress (Alien From LA, Side Out)
  • 1963 Mike Lalor, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Cheryl "Salt" James, singer (Salt-N-Pepa)
  • 1964 Lance McCullers, American baseball player
  • 1965 Kenny Smith, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1965 Fátima Lopes, Portuguese fashion designer
  • 1970 Jason Elam, NFL kicker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Rhett Harty, Pasedena CA, US soccer player (Olympic-92)
  • 1970 Vadim Bekboulatov, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1971 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1971 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • 1972 Craig Johnson, NHL left wing (LA Kings/Oly-1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
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