ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1855, "Border Ruffians" from Missouri invaded Kansas during the territory's first election, forcing the election of a pro-slavery legislature.
Today is the 89th day of 2017 and the 11th day of spring.
In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward completed the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million.
In 1870, the U.S. Congress readmitted Texas to the Union.
In 1964, the TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" premiered on NBC with host Art Fleming.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Francisco Goya (1746-1828), painter; Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), painter; John Astin (1930- ), actor; Warren Beatty (1937- ), actor/director; Eric Clapton (1945- ), singer-songwriter/musician; Paul Reiser (1957- ), actor/comedian; Piers Morgan (1965- ), TV personality; Celine Dion (1968- ), singer-songwriter; Secretariat (1970-1989), racehorse; Norah Jones (1979- ), singer-songwriter/musician; Richard Sherman (1988- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The purchase of Alaska added 663,267 square miles to the United States for less than $11 per square mile.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Jack Nicklaus made his debut in the Senior PGA Tour (since renamed the Champions Tour).
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passersby see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way." -- Vincent van Gogh
TODAY'S NUMBER: $1,075,500 -- final sale price of a pristine copy of Detective Comics No. 27, featuring the first full appearance of Batman, at a 2010 auction. The comic book was released (with a cover price of 10 cents) on this day in 1939.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (March 27) and first quarter moon (April 3).