Today in History
Today is the 78th day of 2009 and the 89th day of winter.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1918, the U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight-saving time.
In 1931, Nevada legalized most forms of gambling.
In 1953, the Academy Awards were broadcast on TV for the first time.
In 2003, a U.S.-led coalition began bombing Baghdad, marking the beginning of the Iraq War.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: David Livingstone (1813-1873), physician/explorer; Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), lawman/gunfighter; Earl Warren (1891-1974), U.S. Supreme Court chief justice; Joe Venuti (1894-1978), jazz violinist; Glenn Close (1947-), actress, is 62; Bruce Willis (1955-), actor, is 54.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1995, NBA superstar Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls after almost two years of retirement.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves.” -- Earl Warren
TODAY’S FACT: The films “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” all share the honor of receiving the most Oscars, at 11 each.
TODAY’S NUMBER: 32,292 -- total points Michael Jordan scored in his career; third best in the NBA.
TODAY’S MOON: Between third quarter (March 18) and new moon (March 26).