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This Day In History: March 15

Today is the 75th day of 2008 and the 85th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 44 BCE, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated. In 1919, the American Legion was formed in Paris. In 1989, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was established. In 2003, Hu Jintao became president of the People's Republic of China.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president; Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933- ), U.S. Supreme Court justice, is 75; Judd Hirsch (1935- ), actor, is 73; Sly Stone (1944- ), musician, is 64; Bobby Bonds (1946-2003), baseball player; Eva Longoria (1975- ), actress, is 33.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1962, the NBA's Wilt Chamberlain ended the season with a record scoring average of 50.4 points per game.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected." - Julius Caesar

TODAY'S FACT: The Supreme Court chief justice's salary was $4,000 in 1789; in 2007, Chief Justice John Roberts' salary was $212,100.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 3 million - approximate current membership of the American Legion.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (March 14) and full moon (March 21)


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