Today in History: March 8

Sony's compact digital audio disc, 4.75-inches in diameter, is loaded into a laser disc cd player during a demonstration for the press in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 31, 1982. The system, developed by Sony with the Dutch Philips, uses a laser beam to read the music on the compact disc, on which information is stored digitally. No conventional stylus is used. The manufacturer claims superior sound reproduction. It will appear on the Japanese market in October at about $700, an in the U.S. and Europe market a year later. In the foreground is a remote control unit for the player. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
In 1979, technology firm Philips demonstrated a prototype compact disc player during a press conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

MARILYN MONROE; JOE DIMAGGIO
In 1999, baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Florida, at age 84.

FILE – In this Jan. 14, 1954 file photo, New York Yankees’ Joe Dimaggio, right, poses with actress Marilyn Monroe, as they wait for their marriage ceremony in San Francisco. “Insignificance” a play that depicts what it might have been like had Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Albert Einstein and Senator Joe McCarthy met in a hotel room in 1953 will make its New York debut next month in a hotel room. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1986 file photo, President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. When U.S. and Russian presidents meet, the rest of the world stops to watch. For decades, summits between leaders of the world powers have been heavily anticipated affairs in which every word, handshake and facial expression is scrutinized. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
In 1983, in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Florida, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”

FILE – In this Oct. 11, 1986 file photo, President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. When U.S. and Russian presidents meet, the rest of the world stops to watch. For decades, summits between leaders of the world powers have been heavily anticipated affairs in which every word, handshake and facial expression is scrutinized. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

A man writes a condolence message during a Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Five years ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777, had gone missing the day before while over the South China Sea with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, setting off a massive search. (To date, the fate of the jetliner and its occupants has yet to be determined.)

A man writes a condolence message during a Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Five years ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777, had gone missing the day before while over the South China Sea with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

John McCain
In 2008, President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to gain information from suspected terrorists.

FILE – In this Fb. 9, 2016 file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tough talk about torture is a guaranteed applause line for Donald Trump on the GOP presidential stump. Trump has repeatedly advocated waterboarding, an enhanced interrogation technique that simulates the feeling of drowning. Last year, McCain and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. introduced an amendment to the 2016 defense policy bill that essentially codified the executive order of President Barack Obama. Feinstein said it was important because a future president could lift Obama’s executive order. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Ronald Reagan
In 1983, in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Florida, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”

FILE – In this May 24, 1985, file photo, then U.S. President Ronald Reagan works at his desk in the oval office of the White House as he prepares a speech on tax revision. Age has long been an issue for politicians. Reagan faced plenty of questions about his mental abilities when he ran for U.S. president in 1980, and he was just 69 years old. Now Mahathir Mohamad, 92, is Malaysia’s newest prime minister. It’s been 37 years since Mahathir first had the job, and 15 since he retired from it. (AP Photo/Scott Stewart, File)

The United States Post Office presented an enlargement of the Celebrate the Century, Women Support the War stamp depicting Rosie the Riveter to the Portland Harbor Museum in South Portland, Maine,  Friday, June 25, 1999. The stamp is part of a 15 stamp set honoring people, events, and lifestyles of the 1940's. (AP Photo/Joan Seidel)
In 1975, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated.

The United States Post Office presented an enlargement of the Celebrate the Century, Women Support the War stamp depicting Rosie the Riveter to the Portland Harbor Museum in South Portland, Maine, Friday, June 25, 1999. The stamp is part of a 15 stamp set honoring people, events, and lifestyles of the 1940’s. (AP Photo/Joan Seidel)

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Sony's compact digital audio disc, 4.75-inches in diameter, is loaded into a laser disc cd player during a demonstration for the press in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 31, 1982. The system, developed by Sony with the Dutch Philips, uses a laser beam to read the music on the compact disc, on which information is stored digitally. No conventional stylus is used. The manufacturer claims superior sound reproduction. It will appear on the Japanese market in October at about $700, an in the U.S. and Europe market a year later. In the foreground is a remote control unit for the player. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
MARILYN MONROE; JOE DIMAGGIO
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1986 file photo, President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. When U.S. and Russian presidents meet, the rest of the world stops to watch. For decades, summits between leaders of the world powers have been heavily anticipated affairs in which every word, handshake and facial expression is scrutinized. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
A man writes a condolence message during a Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Five years ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777, had gone missing the day before while over the South China Sea with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
John McCain
Ronald Reagan
The United States Post Office presented an enlargement of the Celebrate the Century, Women Support the War stamp depicting Rosie the Riveter to the Portland Harbor Museum in South Portland, Maine,  Friday, June 25, 1999. The stamp is part of a 15 stamp set honoring people, events, and lifestyles of the 1940's. (AP Photo/Joan Seidel)

Today is Friday, March 8, the 67th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 8, 1702, England’s Queen Anne acceded to the throne upon the death of King William III.

On this date:

In 1618, German astronomer Johannes Kepler devised his third law of planetary motion.

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 1948, the Supreme Court, in McCollum v. Board of Education, struck down voluntary religious education classes in Champaign, Illinois, public schools, saying the program violated separation of church and state.

In 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines arrived to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.

In 1971, Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali by decision in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York. Silent film comedian Harold Lloyd died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 77.

In 1975, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated.

In 1979, technology firm Philips demonstrated a prototype compact disc player during a press conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

In 1983, in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Florida, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”

In 1988, 17 soldiers were killed when two Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, collided in mid-flight.

In 1999, baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Florida, at age 84.

In 2004, Abul Abbas, the Palestinian guerrilla leader who’d planned the hijacking of the Achille Lauro (ah-KEE’-leh LOW’-roh) 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.

In 2008, President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to gain information from suspected terrorists.

Ten years ago: A pastor was gunned down during a Sunday sermon in a southwestern Illinois church; a judge later ruled the suspect in the shooting, Terry Sedlacek (SEHD’-lak), was mentally unfit to stand trial in the killing of the Rev. Fred Winters at the First Baptist Church of Maryville. A suicide bomber struck a police academy in Baghdad, killing at least 30. Country singer Hank Locklin, 91, died in Brewton, Ala.

Five years ago: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, setting off a massive search. (To date, the fate of the jetliner and its occupants has yet to be determined.)

One year ago: U.S. and South Korean officials said President Donald Trump had agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un by the end of May to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Despite Republican warnings of a trade war, Trump ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States. Mississippi lawmakers passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, making the procedure illegal in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy; a federal judge later struck down the law as unconstitutional. Serena Williams beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round of a tournament in Indian Wells, California; it was Williams’ first match following a 14-month layoff for the birth of her daughter.

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