Today is the 82nd day of 2016 and the third day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1882, the U.S. Congress passed an act that made polygamy a felony.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, which modified the Volstead Act enforcement of alcohol prohibition and levied a tax on alcohol.
In 1945, the Arab League charter was adopted in Cairo.
In 1963, the Beatles' debut album, "Please Please Me," was released in the United Kingdom.
In 1995, cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after completing the longest single spaceflight in history, at 437 days 18 hours.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Louis L'Amour (1908-1988), author; Karl Malden (1912-2009), actor; Marcel Marceau (1923-2007), mime artist; Stephen Sondheim (1930- ), composer; William Shatner (1931- ), actor; James Patterson (1947- ), author; Wolf Blitzer (1948- ), journalist; Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948- ), composer; Bob Costas (1952- ), sportscaster; Matthew Modine (1959- ), actor; Kathryn Jean Lopez (1976- ), journalist; Reese Witherspoon (1976- ), actress; J.J. Watt (1989- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The album cover photograph for "Please Please Me" was taken in the stairwell of record label EMI's London headquarters.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1894, the Montreal AAA beat the Ottawa Generals 3-1 in the first Stanley Cup championship hockey game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I'm a lazy writer. My idea of heaven is not writing. On the other hand, I'm obviously compulsive about it." -- Stephen Sondheim
TODAY'S NUMBER: 41 -- percent of Americans who are content to remain at their current weight, according to a 2015 Gallup poll. Less than 25 percent claim to be "seriously trying" to lose weight.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (March 15) and full moon (March 23).