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March 27, 2012

Today in history

Today is the 87th day of 2012 and the eighth day of spring.

 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1794, the United States Navy was formed.

In 1964, the largest recorded earthquake in U.S. history (magnitude 9.2) struck Alaska, killing more than 100 people.

In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra, a medication to combat impotence.

 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Wilhelm Roentgen (1845-1923), scientist/inventor; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), architect; Gloria Swanson (1899-1983), actress; Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990), singer; Quentin Tarantino (1963- ), filmmaker; Mariah Carey (1970- ), singer; Nathan Fillion (1971- ), actor; Fergie (1975- ), singer; Buster Posey (1987- ), baseball player.

 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1939, Oregon defeated Ohio State 46-33 to win the first NCAA men's basketball tournament.

 

TODAY'S FACT: Wilhelm Roentgen, the Nobel Prize-winning discoverer of X-rays, took the first medical X-ray of his wife's hand.

 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." -- George Orwell

 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 9.5 -- magnitude of the world's largest recorded earthquake, which struck off the coast of Chile on May 22, 1960.

 

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (March 22) and first quarter (March 30).

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