Today is the 82nd day of 2014 and the fourth day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1806, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their return trip east after reaching the Pacific coast.
In 1956, Pakistan became the first Islamic republic.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proposed the "Star Wars" plan for the development of missile-intercepting technology.
In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Joan Crawford (1904-1977), actress; Roger Bannister (1929- ), athlete/physician; Ric Ocasek (1949- ), singer-songwriter; Ron Jaworski (1951- ), sportscaster; Chaka Khan (1953- ), singer-songwriter; Kenneth Cole (1954- ), fashion designer; Moses Malone (1955- ), basketball player; Jason Kidd (1973- ), basketball player; Michelle Monaghan (1976- ), actress; Keri Russell (1976- ), actress; Perez Hilton (1978- ), blogger/TV personality; Maurice Jones-Drew (1985- ), football player; Kyrie Irving (1992- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: Just 46 days after Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4-minute mile, John Landy beat his time by more than a second.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, Wayne Gretzky of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings scored the 802nd goal of his career, breaking the record then held by Gordie Howe.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell." -- Joan Crawford
TODAY'S NUMBER: 12,091 -- assists by Jason Kidd during his 19-year NBA career, second only to John Stockton's all-time record of 15,806.
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (March 23).