Today is the 149th day of 2012 and the 70th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1588, the first of 130 ships in the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon, Portugal, bound for the English Channel.
In 1937, the government of Germany formed the automobile company that would later be known as Volkswagen.
In 1961, Peter Benenson formed Amnesty International.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Moore (1779-1852), poet; Jim Thorpe (1888-1953), multisport athlete; Ian Fleming (1908-1964), novelist; Jerry West (1938- ), basketball player; Rudy Giuliani (1944- ), politician; John Fogerty (1945- ), musician; Kylie Minogue (1968- ), singer; Carey Mulligan (1985- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1957, Major League Baseball's National League owners unanimously approved the moves of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to the West Coast.
TODAY'S FACT: Between 1939 and 2003, Volkswagen produced more than 21 million Beetles, which made the car the most produced vehicle model of all time.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "All that's bright must fade, the brightest still the fleetest; all that's sweet was made but to be lost when sweetest." -- Thomas Moore
TODAY'S NUMBER: 3 million -- members of Amnesty International in more than 150 nations.
TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (May 28).