3/27/2014 10:28:00 AM World Almanac for March 27, 2014
Today is the 86th day of 2014 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: Wilhelm Roentgen, the Nobel Prize-winning discoverer of X-rays, took the first medical X-ray of his wife's hand. TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1939, Oregon defeated Ohio State 46-33 to win the first NCAA men's basketball tournament. TODAY'S QUOTE: "I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good." -- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe TODAY'S NUMBER: 2 -- actors who have turned down the Academy Award for best actor. George C. Scott declined his Oscar in 1971 for his work in "Patton." Marlon Brando boycotted the ceremony on this day in 1972, refusing his award for "The Godfather." TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (March 23) and new moon (March 30).