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March 15, 2013

Today in History for Friday, March 15, 2013

-- — Highlight in History

On March 15, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.

On this date

In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino.

In 1972, “The Godfather,” Francis Ford Coppola’s epic gangster movie based on the Mario Puzo novel and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premiered in New York.

In 1985, the first Internet domain name, symbolics.com, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.

Ten years ago

Hu Jintao was chosen to replace Jiang Zemin as the president of China. Protesters in Washington, D.C., and around the world demonstrated against an anticipated war with Iraq.

Five years ago

A construction crane toppled in New York City, killing seven people. China’s legislature re-appointed Hu Jintao as president.

One year ago

Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into a federal prison in Colorado, where the 55-year-old Democrat began serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. The American campaign in Afghanistan suffered a double blow as the Taliban broke off talks with the U.S., and President Hamid Karzai said NATO should pull out of rural areas.

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