ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 91st day of 2017 and the 13th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1826, Samuel Morey received the patent for the first internal combustion engine.
In 1945, Operation Iceberg began as U.S. troops landed on the Japanese island of Okinawa.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, which required the surgeon general's warning on tobacco products and banned cigarette ads on radio and TV.
In 2011, a mob protesting the burning of the Quran attacked the United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, causing the deaths of 13 people.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), German political leader; Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), playwright; Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), composer; Milan Kundera (1929- ), author; Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016), actress; Ali MacGraw (1939- ), actress; Samuel Alito (1950- ), Supreme Court justice; Method Man (1971- ), rapper; Rachel Maddow (1973- ), TV personality; Asa Butterfield (1997- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Two monumental innovations in meteorology occurred on April 1: In 1875, Francis Galton published the first newspaper weather map; in 1960, TIROS-1, the first weather satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1985, the eighth-seeded Villanova Wildcats defeated the top-seeded and heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas 66-64 in the NCAA championship game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes." – Milan Kundera, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
TODAY'S NUMBER: $734 billion -- value of Apple Inc. in March 2017. The company was founded in Cupertino, California, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne on this day in 1976.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (March 27) and first quarter moon (April 3).