Today is the 68th day of 2016 and the 78th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1782, Pennsylvania militiamen massacred 96 Christian Native Americans at the Moravian missionary village of Gnadenhutten, Ohio.
In 1917, the so-called February Revolution in Russia began with food riots and strikes in Petrograd (St. Petersburg).
In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious education in public schools was unconstitutional.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" during a speech in Orlando, Florida.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935), Supreme Court justice/author; Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), author; Alan Hale Jr. (1921-1990), actor; Cyd Charisse (1922-2008), actress/dancer; Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010), actress; Lester Holt (1959- ), journalist; Aidan Quinn (1959- ), actor; Kenny Smith (1965- ), basketball player/sportscaster; Freddie Prinze Jr. (1976- ), actor; Hines Ward (1976- ), football player/sportscaster; James Van Der Beek (1977- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Around 3 million Americans (roughly 1 percent of the U.S. population in the 2010 census) have Russian ancestry.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1936, the first stock car race was held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I can't help preferring champagne to ditch water -- I doubt if the universe does." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
TODAY'S NUMBER: 50.1 million -- estimated number of American children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade public schools in the 2015-2016 school year.
TODAY'S MOON: New moon (March 8).