Good morning, it’s Friday, March 8, the 67th day of 2013. There are 298 days left in the year. Temperatures will be in the lower 50s to begin the day and should rise into the upper 60s this afternoon under a cloudy sky. There’s a slight chance of a shower this afternoon and tonight as temperatures fall back into the 50s.
On March 8, 1836—177 years ago today—James W. Fannin celebrated Texas’ Declaration of Independence by raising a flag at Goliad bearing the words “Liberty or Death.” On March 19, 1836, he and his more than 300 Georgia volunteers were surrounded and forced to surrender at the battle of Coleto. They were imprisoned at Goliad and on March 27, 1836, on Santa Ana’s orders, nearly all of them were executed (Fannin, who was wounded earlier, was killed separately the same day).
Today's Highlight in Local History:
On March 8, 1994, there was a riot and fire in the McLennan County Jail.
On March 8, 1998, a Vietnam veteran held local, county, state and federal officers at bay for 14 hours after breaking into the VA Regional Office in downtown Waco. Although he claimed to have 4 pounds of the explosive C-4, no explosives were found after he surrendered.
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:
In 1702, England's Queen Anne acceded to the throne upon the death of King William III.
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 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia rammed and sank the USS Cumberland and heavily damaged the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.
In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, died in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74.
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 at age 72.
In 1942, Imperial Japanese forces occupied Yangon in Burma during World War II.
In 1963, a military coup in Syria brought the Baath Party to power.
In 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines were brought in 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, Calif., at age 77.
In 1983, in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Fla., 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, Ky., collided in mid-flight.
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.
Actress Sue Ane 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 DeBarge is 23.
Thought for Today:
"Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing." - Dodie Smith, English playwright (1896-1990).