Today is the 87th day of 2016 and the eighth day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1794, the U.S. Congress passed the Act to Provide Naval Armament, establishing the force that would become the U.S. Navy.
In 1886, Apache leader Geronimo surrendered to U.S. forces at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
In 1964, the largest recorded earthquake in U.S. history (magnitude 9.2) struck Alaska, killing more than 120 people.
In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra, a medication to combat impotence.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Wilhelm Roentgen (1845-1923), scientist/inventor; Henry Royce (1863-1933), founder of Rolls-Royce Limited; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), architect; Gloria Swanson (1899-1983), actress; Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990), singer; Quentin Tarantino (1963- ), filmmaker; Mariah Carey (1970- ), singer; Nathan Fillion (1971- ), actor; Fergie (1975- ), singer-songwriter; Buster Posey (1987- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S FACT: Silver prices plummeted on this day in 1980 when brothers Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt attempted to corner the silver market and failed.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1939, Oregon defeated Ohio State 46-33 to win the first NCAA men's basketball tournament.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I've always thought my soundtracks do pretty good because they're basically professional equivalents of a mix tape I'd make for you at home." -- Quentin Tarantino
TODAY'S NUMBER: 7.9 -- magnitude on the Richter scale of the largest earthquake in recorded history to strike the continental U.S. It occurred in New Madrid, Missouri, in February 1812.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (March 23) and last quarter moon (March 31).