Today is the 72nd day of 2015 and the 83rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1781, German-born astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
In 1865, the Confederacy approved the use of slave troops against the Union armies.
In 1925, a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution went into effect in Tennessee.
In 1942, the U.S. Army began training dogs for the newly launched War Dog Program, also known as the K-9 Corps.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Percival Lowell (1855-1916), astronomer; Giorgos Seferis (1900-1971), poet; Walter Annenberg (1908-2002), publisher/philanthropist; L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), author/Church of Scientology founder; Al Jaffee (1921- ), cartoonist; Neil Sedaka (1939- ), singer-songwriter; William H. Macy (1950- ), actor; Dana Delany (1956- ), actress; Common (1972- ), rapper/actor; Johan Santana (1979- ), baseball player; Emile Hirsch (1985- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: The 27 known moons of Uranus are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1960, the NFL approved the relocation of the Chicago Cardinals franchise to St. Louis.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends." -- Giorgos Seferis
TODAY'S NUMBER: 14.5 -- length in miles of the undersea portion of the Seikan Tunnel in Japan, the longest and deepest operational rail tunnel in the world, which opened this day in 1988.
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (March 13).