spotlight Today In History, March 15: AIG Bailout Mar 15, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Friday, March 15.Today's Highlight in History: 2009: American International Group Bailout Ten years ago: A chorus of outrage on Capitol Hill greeted news that some $165 million in executive bonuses were being paid by bailed-out insurance giant American International Group. AP 1493: Christopher Columbus In 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus arrived back in the Spanish harbor of Palos de la Frontera, two months after concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere. AP 1913: Woodrow Wilson In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference. AP 1916: John J. Pershing In 1916, a U.S. expeditionary force led by Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing entered Mexico on an ultimately futile mission to capture Pancho Villa, whose raiders had attacked Columbus, New Mexico, killing 18 U.S. citizens. AP 1944: Monte Cassino In 1944, during World War II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino. AP 1956: "My Fair Lady" In 1956, the Lerner and Loewe musical play "My Fair Lady," based on Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," opened on Broadway. AP 1977: "Three's Company" In 1977, the situation comedy "Three's Company," starring John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, premiered on ABC-TV. AP 1998: Benjamin Spock In 1998, Dr. Benjamin Spock, whose child care guidance spanned half a century, died in San Diego at 94. AP 2005: Bernard Ebbers In 2005, Former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers was convicted in New York of engineering the largest corporate fraud in U.S. history. (He was later sentenced to 25 years in prison.) AP 2009: Mauricio Funes Ten years ago: Mauricio Funes won El Salvador's presidential election. AP 2009: Ron Silver Ten years ago: Tony Award-winning actor Ron Silver died in New York City at age 62. AP 2009: Space Shuttle Discovery Ten years ago: The space shuttle Discovery was launched on a mission to the international space station that had been delayed five times. AP 2014: David Brenner Five years ago: Comedian David Brenner, 78, died in New York. AP 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Five years ago: Malaysia's prime minister, Najib Razak, said a Malaysian jetliner missing for a week had deliberately diverted and continued flying for more than seven hours after severing contact with the ground, meaning it could have gone as far northwest as Kazakhstan or into the Indian Ocean's southern reaches. AP 2018: Helicopter Crash Iraq One year ago: All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter were killed when the aircraft crashed in Iraq; officials said there were no indications that the crash had been caused by hostile fire. AP 2018: Lower Nicotine Cigarettes One year ago: Federal health officials took the first step to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, a move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked. AP 2018: Miami Bridge Collapse One year ago: A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway, crushing vehicles beneath massive slabs of concrete and steel; six people died and 10 were injured. AP 2018: Trump Russia One year ago: The Trump administration accused Moscow of an elaborate plot to hack into America's electric grid, factories, water supply and even air travel; the U.S. also targeted Russians with sanctions for alleged election meddling for the first time since President Donald Trump took office. 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