This Day in Failure: March 8

2009: Circuit City, the 60-year-old consumer electronics retailer, closes its 567 U.S. stores, putting 34,000 employees out of work and leaving more than 18 million square feet of vacant retail space in a faltering real estate market.

2009: Ernest Trova -- an acclaimed St. Louis artist best known for his Falling Man series of prints, paintings and sculptures about man at his most imperfect -- dies of congestive heart failure.

1965: Two U.S. Marine battalions are deployed near Danang in South Vietnam, the first troops officially committed to the Vietnam conflict.