Today is the 76th day of 2017 and the 87th day of winter.
In 1861, Italy -- excluding Rome and Venice -- was unified as a nation under King Victor Emmanuel II.
In 1905, Franklin D. Roosevelt married distant cousin Eleanor Roosevelt.
In 1950, physics researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, announced the creation of californium, the radioactive 98th element.
In 1958, the United States launched the first solar-powered satellite, the Vanguard 1.
In 1995, the FDA licensed Varivax, the first chicken pox vaccine.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Gottlieb Daimler (1834-1900), engineer/inventor; Paul Green (1894-1981), playwright; Bobby Jones (1902-1971), golfer; Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), civil rights activist; Nat King Cole (1919-1965), singer; Kurt Russell (1951- ), actor; Gary Sinise (1955- ), actor; Rob Lowe (1964- ), actor; Billy Corgan (1967- ), singer-songwriter; Mia Hamm (1972- ), soccer player; Hozier (1990- ), singer-songwriter; John Boyega (1992- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Gottlieb Daimler is credited with building the first internal combustion motorcycle in 1885.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2005, six Major League Baseball players, including All-Star sluggers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, appeared before a congressional hearing on steroid use.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back ... play for her." -- Mia Hamm
TODAY'S NUMBER: 13 -- elements in the periodic table that were identified before the year A.D. 1.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (March 12) and last quarter moon (March 20).