Today is the 82nd day of 2015 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; Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), filmmaker; 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; Kyrie Irving (1992- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1857, the first successful passenger elevator, designed by Elisha Otis, was installed at 488 Broadway in New York City.
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: "There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself." -- Akira Kurosawa
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: Between new moon (March 20) and first quarter moon (March 27).