Today is the 79th day of 2016 and the 89th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1918, the U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time.
In 1931, the Nevada state legislature voted to legalize gambling.
In 1953, the 25th Academy Awards were featured in the first Oscars telecast.
In 2003, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: David Livingstone (1813-1873), physician/explorer; Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), lawman/gunfighter; William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), politician; Earl Warren (1891-1974), chief justice of the United States; Philip Roth (1933- ), author; Glenn Close (1947- ), actress; Harvey Weinstein (1952- ), film producer; Bruce Willis (1955- ), actor; Andy Reid (1958- ), football coach; Clayton Kershaw (1988- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S FACT: The Best Actress category of the 85th Academy Awards (held on Feb. 24, 2013) featured both the oldest and the youngest female nominees for a lead acting Oscar. Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour") was age 86 and Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") was age 9.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, NBA superstar Michael Jordan scored 19 points against the Indiana Pacers in his first game back with the Chicago Bulls after almost two years of retirement.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Turned the wrong way around, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied in 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic." -- Philip Roth
TODAY'S NUMBER: $6.3 billion -- total gaming revenue for the Las Vegas Strip in 2015.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (March 15) and full moon (March 23).