Today is Thursday, March 2, the 61st day of 2017 with 304 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include statesman DeWitt Clinton, chief sponsor of the Erie Canal project, in 1769; Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas, in 1793; Pope Leo XIII in 1810; journalist, politician and reformer Carl Schurz in 1829; Pope Pius XII in 1876; publisher Max Schuster in 1897; German composer Kurt Weill in 1900; baseball player and World War II-era spy Moe Berg in 1902; children's author "Dr. Seuss," Theodor Geisel, in 1904; baseball Hall of Fame member Mel Ott in 1909; entertainer Desi Arnaz in 1917; actor Jennifer Jones in 1919; actor John Cullum in 1930 (age 87); former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1931 (age 86); writer Tom Wolfe in 1931 (age 86); basketball Hall of Fame member Denny Crum in 1937 (age 80); author John Irving in 1942 (age 75) ; musician Lou Reed in 1942; musician Rory Gallagher in 1948; singer Karen Carpenter in 1950; comedian Laraine Newman in 1952 (age 65), rock singer Jon Bon Jovi in 1962 (age 55); actor Daniel Craig in 1968 (age 49), musician Chris Martin in 1977 (age 40); NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 1982 (age 35).
On this date in history:
In 1836, Texas proclaimed independence from Mexico.
In 1925, the first system of interstate highway numbering was introduced in the United States.
In 1933, the movie King Kong premiered in New York.
In 1949, a U.S. Air Force plane piloted by Capt. James Gallagher completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight in just over 94 hours.
In 1962, Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game NBA scoring record with 100 points against the New York Knicks.
In 1974, the cost of a U.S. first class postage stamp was increased to 10 cents, up from 8 cents.
In 2008, outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin's choice as his successor, Dmitri Medvedev, was elected president in a landslide. Putin remained in power as prime minister.
In 2015, more than 50,000 people gathered in central Moscow to remember Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. The outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin was assassinated three days earlier while walking near Red Square.
A thought for the day: "Americans have a severe disease -- worse than AIDS. It's called the winner's complex." -- Mikhail Gorbachev