Today is the 74th day of 2014 and the 85th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 44 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus.
In 1820, Maine was admitted as the 23rd U.S. state.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson sent 4,800 U.S. troops into Mexico to capture revolutionary Pancho Villa.
In 1985, the computer manufacturing company Symbolics registered the first Internet domain name.
In 1989, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs succeeded the Veterans Administration.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), seventh U.S. president; Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933- ), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Judd Hirsch (1935- ), actor; Phil Lesh (1940- ), musician; Sly Stone (1943- ), singer-songwriter; Bobby Bonds (1946-2003), baseball player; Mike Tomlin (1972- ), football coach; Eva Longoria (1975- ), actress; will.i.am (1975- ), rapper/record producer.
TODAY'S FACT: The salary of the chief justice of the United States was $4,000 in 1789. Chief Justice John Roberts' salary is currently $217,400.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1962, the NBA's Wilt Chamberlain became the first and only player to score 4,000 points in a single season.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error." -- Andrew Jackson
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2 -- Ranking of "The Godfather," which opened this day in 1972, on the 2007 edition of the American Film Institute's best American movies list. Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" ranked No. 1.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (March 8) and full moon (March 16).