Today is the 81st day of 2014 and the third day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1882, the U.S. Congress passed an act that made polygamy a felony.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, which modified the Volstead Act enforcement of alcohol prohibition and levied a tax on alcohol.
In 1945, the Arab League charter was adopted in Cairo.
In 1963, the Beatles' debut album, "Please Please Me," was released in the United Kingdom.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Louis L'Amour (1908-1988), author; Karl Malden (1912- ), actor; Marcel Marceau (1923-2007), mime artist; Stephen Sondheim (1930- ), composer; William Shatner (1931- ), actor; James Patterson (1947- ), author; Wolf Blitzer (1948- ), journalist; Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948- ), composer; Bob Costas (1952- ), sportscaster; Matthew Modine (1959- ), actor; Reese Witherspoon (1976- ), actress; J.J. Watt (1989- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: Professional mime Marcel Marceau had the only speaking role in Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1894, the Montreal AAA beat the Ottawa Generals 3-1 in the first Stanley Cup championship hockey game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." -- Louis L'Amour, "Lonely on the Mountain"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 196 -- average self-reported weight (in pounds) of American men in a 2012 Gallup poll, up from 180 in 1991. The average self-reported weight among women was 156; it was 142 in 1991.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (March 16) and last quarter moon (March 23).