Today is the 89th day of 2014 and the 11th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward completed the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million.
In 1870, the U.S. Congress readmitted Texas to the Union.
In 1964, the TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" premiered on NBC with host Art Fleming.
In 1981, President Reagan was shot in the chest in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Francisco Goya (1746-1828), painter; Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), painter; John Astin (1930- ), actor; Warren Beatty (1937- ), actor/director; Eric Clapton (1945- ), singer-songwriter/musician; Paul Reiser (1957- ), actor/comedian; Piers Morgan (1965- ), TV personality; Celine Dion (1968- ), singer-songwriter; Secretariat (1970-1989), racehorse; Norah Jones (1979- ), singer-songwriter/musician.
TODAY'S FACT: The purchase of Alaska, initially ridiculed by some in Congress and in the press as "Seward's Folly" and "Seward's Icebox," added 663,267 square miles to the United States for less than $11 per square mile.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Jack Nicklaus made his debut in the Senior PGA Tour (since renamed the Champions Tour).
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." -- Vincent van Gogh
TODAY'S NUMBER: 192 million -- barrels of crude oil produced by Alaska in 2012.
TODAY'S MOON: New moon (March 30).