Today is the 58th day of 2015 and the 69th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1827, a group of costumed students paraded down the streets of New Orleans in celebration of Mardi Gras, creating the city's trademark festival.
In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting presidents to two terms.
In 1973, roughly 200 Native-American activists and members of the American Indian Movement occupied the village of Wounded Knee on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, beginning a standoff with federal marshals that lasted until May 8.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), poet; Hugo Black (1886-1971), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Marian Anderson (1897-1993), singer; John Steinbeck (1902-1968), author; Joanne Woodward (1930- ), actress; Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), actress; Ralph Nader (1934- ), consumer activist; James Worthy (1961- ), basketball player; Donal Logue (1966- ), actor; Tony Gonzalez (1976- ), football player; Chelsea Clinton (1980- ), journalist; Josh Groban (1981- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1939, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution when it barred African-American singer Marian Anderson from performing at Constitution Hall. Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial instead.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1992, 16-year-old Tiger Woods competed in the Nissan Los Angeles Open, becoming the youngest participant in a PGA event in more than 30 years.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." -- John Steinbeck, "East of Eden"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 739,034 -- votes received by Ralph Nader in the 2008 presidential election, running as an independent candidate. Nader ran for president in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, finishing no higher than third in each election.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Feb. 25) and full moon (March 5).