Today is the 65th day of 2015 and the 76th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1836, the Alamo mission and fortress compound in Texas fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.
In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that slaves were property in Dred Scott v. Sandford.
In 1899, the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co. registered the name "Aspirin" as a trademark.
In 1981, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time as "CBS Evening News" anchor, a post he had held for 19 years.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Michelangelo (1475-1564), painter/sculptor/architect; Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), soldier/writer; Lou Costello (1906-1959), actor/comedian; Will Eisner (1917-2005), cartoonist; Ed McMahon (1923-2009), TV personality; Alan Greenspan (1926- ), economist; Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014), author; Rob Reiner (1947- ), actor/director; D.L. Hughley (1963- ), actor/comedian; Connie Britton (1967- ), actress; Shaquille O'Neal (1972- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the median age for an American man in 2014 getting married for the first time was 29.3 years old. The median age for women was 27.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1964, world heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay announced that his spiritual mentor, Elijah Muhammad, had given him the new name Muhammad Ali.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was." -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Love in the Time of Cholera"
TODAY'S NUMBER: $0.30 -- price for 1 pound of Oreo cookies in a novelty can when the cookie was introduced by the National Biscuit Co. (today known as Nabisco) on this day in 1912.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (March 5) and last quarter moon (March 13).