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Today is the 70th day of 2018 and the 81st day of winter.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

Lawrence Welk (1903-1992), bandleader; Ralph Abernathy (1926-1990), civil rights leader; Rupert Murdoch (1931-), business leader; Sam Donaldson (1934-), TV journalist; Antonin Scalia (1936-2016), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Douglas Adams (1952-2001), author; Peter Berg (1962-), actor/filmmaker; Alex Kingston (1963-), actress; Terrence Howard (1969-), actor; Johnny Knoxville (1971-), actor; Thora Birch (1982-), actress; Anton Yelchin (1989-2016), actor.

TODAY’S FACT

According to Forbes, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch’s net worth is $15.6 billion in 2018.

TODAY’S SPORTS

In 1979, Randy Holt of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings was penalized nine times for a record total of 67 minutes.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“’The Guide says there is an art to flying,’ said Ford, ‘or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.’” — Douglas Adams, “Life, the Universe and Everything”

TODAY’S NUMBER

44 — countries that received the $50 billion in funds and military goods made available under the Lend-Lease Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on this day in 1941.

TODAY’S MOON

Between last quarter moon (March 9) and new moon (March 17).