Today is the 96th day of 2015 and the 18th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1830, Joseph Smith established the Mormon Church in Fayette Township, New York.
In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, 1,500 years after the last recorded original games.
In 1917, the United States formally entered World War I by declaring war on Germany.
In 1947, the first Tony Awards were presented for achievement in live Broadway theater.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936), journalist; Gil Kane (1926-2000), illustrator; Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996), jazz musician; Merle Haggard (1937- ), singer-songwriter; Billy Dee Williams (1937- ), actor; Barry Levinson (1942- ), director/producer; John Ratzenberger (1947- ), actor; Michael Rooker (1955- ), actor; Paul Rudd (1969- ), actor; Zach Braff (1975- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Florence Green, the last surviving veteran of World War I, died in February 2012 at the age of 110.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2004, the University of Connecticut became the first university to win the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball championships in the same year.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Remember we really don’t know anything. Keep your baby eyes (which are the eyes of genius) on what we don’t know. That is your playground, bare and graveled, safe and unbreakable." -- Lincoln Steffens
TODAY'S NUMBER: 25 -- world records set at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (April 4) and last quarter moon (April 11).