ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 92nd day of 2017 and the 14th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, establishing the U.S. Mint.
In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled Richmond, Virginia, as Union forces closed in on the Confederate capital.
In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.
In 1982, Argentine forces mounted amphibious landings on the British-held Falkland Islands, marking the beginning of the Falklands War.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), writer; Emile Zola (1840-1902), author/critic; Walter Chrysler (1875-1940), Chrysler founder; Max Ernst (1891-1976), artist; Buddy Ebsen (1908-2003), actor; Alec Guinness (1914-2000), actor; Jack Webb (1920-1982), actor; Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), singer-songwriter; Emmylou Harris (1947- ), singer-songwriter; Christopher Meloni (1961- ), actor; Clark Gregg (1962- ), actor; Michael Fassbender (1977- ), actor; Jesse Plemons (1988- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: German artist Max Ernst created an art technique called "frottage" in which blank paper is placed over an object and rubbed with a pencil or another drawing tool to reproduce the texture or pattern of the object's surface.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1931, Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old female pitcher, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition match between the Class AA minor league Chattanooga Lookouts and the New York Yankees.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman." -- Emile Zola
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4,700 -- area (in square miles) of the Falkland Islands, which is slightly less than the state of Connecticut.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (March 27) and first quarter moon (April 3).