— Today is Friday, March 8, the 67th day of 2013. There are 298 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 8, 1917, Russia's "February Revolution" (so called because of the Old Style calendar used by Russians at the time) began with rioting and strikes in Petrograd; the result was the abdication of the Russian monarchy in favor of a provisional government.
On this date:
Ten years ago: The militant Islamic group Hamas vowed revenge after one of its founding members and three bodyguards were killed in an Israeli helicopter attack in Gaza; the Israeli army promised to strike the militants again.
Five years ago: 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. Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses.
One year ago: Syria's deputy oil minister (Abdo Husameddine), looking tense, announced in a video that he had defected from President Bashar Assad's regime. Jesse Owens was posthumously made an inaugural member of the IAAF Hall of Fame more than 75 years after he won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. (Owens, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and nine others were the first athletes to be honored by the IAAF in its newly created Hall of Fame.) James T. "Jimmy" Ellis, 74, the frontman for The Trammps who released "Disco Inferno," died in Rock Hill, S.C.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Sue Ane (correct) Langdon is 77. College Football Hall of Famer Pete Dawkins is 75. Baseball player-turned-author Jim Bouton is 74. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 69. Actor-director Micky Dolenz is 68. Singer-musician Randy Meisner is 67. Pop singer Peggy March is 65. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Rice is 60. Singer Gary Numan is 55. NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 54. Actor Aidan Quinn is 54. Country musician Jimmy Dormire is 53. Actress Camryn Manheim is 52. Actor Leon (no last name) is 50. Rock singer Shawn Mullins (The Thorns) is 45. Actress Andrea Parker is 43. Actor Boris Kodjoe is 40. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 37. Actor James Van Der Beek is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kameelah Williams (702) is 35. Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 34. Rock musician Andy Ross (OK Go) is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kristinia (kris-teh-NEE'-ah) DeBarge is 23.
Thought for Today: "Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing." — Dodie Smith, English playwright (1896-1990).