Today is Sunday, March 22, the 82nd day of 2020 with 284 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck in 1599; author Louis L'Amour in 1908; actor Leonard "Chico" Marx of the Marx Brothers comedy team in 1887; actor Karl Malden in 1912; French mime Marcel Marceau in 1923; newspaper executive Allen Neuharth in 1924; Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in 1929 (age 91); composer Stephen Sondheim in 1930 (age 90); televangelist Pat Robertson in 1930 (age 90); actor William Shatner in 1931 (age 89); former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in 1934 (age 86); actor M. Emmet Walsh in 1935 (age 85); singer George Benson in 1943 (age 77); author James Patterson in 1947 (age 73); British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1948 (age 72); television journalist Wolf Blitzer in 1948 (age 72); sportscaster Bob Costas in 1952 (age 68); actor Lena Olin in 1955 (age 65); actor Matthew Modine in 1959 (age 61); actor Keegan-Michael Key in 1971 (age 49); Canadian skater Elvis Stojko in 1972 (age 48); actor Guillermo Diaz in 1975 (age 45); actor Reese Witherspoon in 1976 (age 44); actor Constance Wu in 1982 (age 38); actor Nick Robinson in 1995 (age 25).
On this date in history:
In 1765, the Stamp Act was passed by Britain's Parliament, introducing a tax on printed materials in the American colonies. Colonists believed this to be a violation of their rights and was a major grievance listed in the Declaration of Independence.
In 1791, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation forbidding slave trading with foreign nations.
In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River began producing electrical power for the Pacific Northwest.
In 1945, representatives from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen met in Cairo to establish the Arab League.
In 1968, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson recalled Army Gen. William Westmoreland as commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam and made him Army chief of staff. Gen. Creighton Abrams took over in Saigon.
In 1989, Pete Rozelle resigned as commissioner of the National Football League after holding the job 30 years.
In 1992, a USAir plane skidded off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport during a snowstorm and landed in Flushing Bay. Twenty-seven people died.
In 2003, a U.S. Army maintenance convoy in Iraq made a wrong turn and was ambushed. Eleven soldiers were killed and seven, including Pfc. Jessica Lynch, were captured. Lynch later said she was erroneously praised for heroism: "I'm not a hero. I'm just a survivor."
In 2004, the founder and spiritual leader of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, was killed in an Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip.
In 2011, an Israeli court sentenced former President Moshe Katsav to seven years in prison for rape and sexual harassment.
In 2012, a group of military officers seized control of the Mali government and ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure, even though he had planned to step down the following month.
In 2014, a mudslide in Oso, Wash., left 43 people dead after a portion of a hill collapsed in the wake of weeks of rain.
In 2016, three coordinated bombings in Belgium -- two at Brussels Airport and one at Maalbeek metro station -- left 35 people, including three attackers. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
In 2017, an attacker drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London before abandoning the car, fatally stabbing an unarmed police officer and being shot and killed by another officer. Six people, including the attacker, died.
In 2018, President Donald Trump ordered tariffs on about $60 billion of imported Chinese goods.
A thought for the day: "The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness." -- American journalist Norman Cousins