spotlight Today In History, March 8: Da Nang Mar 8, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Today is Thursday, March 8.Today's Highlight in History: 1965: Da Nang On March 8, 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. AP 1854: Commodore Perry In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry made his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concluded a treaty with the Japanese. AP 1874: Millard Fillmore In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, died in Buffalo, New York, at age 74. AP 1930: William Howard Taft In 1930, the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, died in Washington at age 72. AP 1999: Joe DiMaggio In 1999, baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Florida, at age 84. AP 2008: Barack Obama Ten years ago: Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses. AP 2013: Chuck Hagel Five years ago: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan for his first visit as Pentagon chief. AP 2013: Hugo Chavez Five years ago: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez) was lauded at his state funeral as a modern-day reincarnation of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar and a disciple of Cuba's Fidel Castro. AP 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 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.) AP 2017: Guatemala Fire One year ago: Fire swept through a crowded youth shelter near Guatemala City, killing 40 girls. AP 2017: Hawaii Travel Ban One year ago: Hawaii became the first state to sue to stop President Donald Trump's revised travel ban (the state had previously sued over Trump's initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country). AP 2017: International Women's Day One year ago: Many American women stayed home from work, joined rallies or wore red to demonstrate how vital they were to the U.S. economy, as International Women's Day was observed with a multitude of events around the world, including the Day Without a Woman in the U.S. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Recommended promotion Check your summer vacation photos: One could win you $1,000 Then let your friends know they should vote for your photos. The contest voting period is July 17-23. promotion VOTE NOW: Pick your favorite photo in our Destinations Travel contest! First prize is $1,000; the contest voting period ends Monday, July 23, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. More Latest Local Offers Better Roofing And Contracting, LLC Your Roof Protects Everything Under It. Don't Hire Just Anyone to Replace It. Call Better Roofing & Contracting Now 701-226-3314. DaWise Perry Funeral Services DaWise Perry Funeral Services has been providing respectful and compassionate services for over 100 years. Call 701-663-3239 today to schedule an appointment. Treasure Sellers Downsizing? Organizing an estate sale? Before you donate, call us First!