Today is Tuesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2019 with 294 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury and Uranus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include pioneer automaker Clement Studebaker in 1831; New York Times publisher Adolph Ochs in 1858; artist Elaine de Kooning in 1918; novelist Jack Kerouac in 1922; Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra in 1923; playwright Edward Albee in 1928; Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher in 1931; former U.N. Ambassador/Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in 1932 (age 87); actor Barbara Feldon in 1933 (age 86); Hall of Fame basketball Coach Eddie Sutton in 1936 (age 83); singer/songwriter Al Jarreau in 1940; singer/actor Liza Minnelli in 1946 (age 73); former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 1947 (age 72); singer/songwriter James Taylor in 1948 (age 71); Jackson 5 member Marlon Jackson in 1957 (age 62); former baseball player Darryl Strawberry in 1962 (age 57); actor Aaron Eckhart in 1968 (age 51); author Dave Eggers in 1970 (age 49); musician Pete Doherty in 1979 (age 40); actor Jaimie Alexander in 1984 (age 35); singer Elly Jackson in 1988 (age 31); pop singer Christina Grimmie in 1994; actor Malina Weissman in 2003 (age 16).


On this date in history:

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scouts of America troop in Savannah, Ga.

In 1933, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the first of his Sunday evening "fireside chats" -- informal radio addresses from the White House to the American people. The first address explained why he recently ordered a bank holiday.

In 1938, Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Austria.

In 1947, in a speech to Congress, U.S. President Harry Truman outlined what became known as the Truman Doctrine, calling for U.S. aid to countries threatened by communist revolution.

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In 1963, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to grant former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill honorary U.S. citizenship.

In 1993, more than 250 people were killed and at least 700 injured in 13 coordinated terrorist bombings in Mumbai.

In 1994, the Church of England ordained its first female priests.

In 1999, former Soviet allies Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic joined NATO.

In 2003, Elizabeth Smart, 15, who had been kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in June 2002, was found in the custody of a panhandler and his wife in nearby Sandy, Utah.

In 2008, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned after being caught in a high-priced prostitution scandal.

In 2009, admitted Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff, accused of defrauding thousands of clients of billions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme over 20 years, pleaded guilty to 11 felonies. He was later given a 150-year prison sentence.

In 2018, a Bangladeshi passenger plane -- a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 -- crashed at Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal, killing 49 people.

A thought for the day: "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt