Today is the 75th day of 2012 and the 85th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 44 BCE, Roman emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated.
In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson held the first presidential news conference.
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), 7th U.S. president; Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933- ), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Judd Hirsch (1935- ), actor; Phil Lesh (1940- ), musician; Sly Stone (1944- ), musician; Bobby Bonds (1946-2003), baseball player; Eva Longoria Parker (1975- ), actress.
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 FACT: The Supreme Court chief justice's salary was $4,000 in 1789. Chief Justice John Roberts' salary is currently $223,500.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The business of government is to organize the common interest against the special interests." -- Woodrow Wilson
TODAY'S NUMBER: $364.9 billion -- value of goods imported into the United States from China in 2010.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (March 14) and new moon (March 22).