Today is the 147th day of 2012 and the 68th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1865, the last Confederate forces fighting the Civil War surrendered.
In 1868, the Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial by only one vote.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced that the United States would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Al Jolson (1886-1950), singer; Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), photographer; John Wayne (1907-1979), actor; Peggy Lee (1920-2002), singer; Miles Davis (1926-1991), jazz musician; Stevie Nicks (1948- ), singer/songwriter; Sally Ride (1951- ), astronaut; Lenny Kravitz (1964- ), singer/songwriter; Helena Bonham Carter (1966- ), actress; Matt Stone (1971- ), screenwriter/TV producer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1959, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix pitched the longest perfect game in history -- 12 innings -- only to lose 1-0 in the 13th.
TODAY'S FACT: Only two U.S. presidents in history went on to serve in Congress following their time in the nation's highest office: John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." -- Dorothea Lange
TODAY'S NUMBER: 28,231 -- parole passes given to Confederate soldiers by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant after their 1865 surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (May 20) and first quarter (May 28).