Today is the 155th day of 2012 and the 76th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1965, Edward H. White II, an astronaut on Gemini IV, became the first American to walk in space.
In 1979, the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico blew out, spilling more than 600,000 tons of oil.
In 2006, Montenegro formally declared its independence from the Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), president of the Confederate States of America; Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), artist; Tony Curtis (1925-2010), actor; Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet; Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999), songwriter/musician; Anderson Cooper (1967- ), TV journalist; Rafael Nadal (1986- ), tennis player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1888, the comic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat," by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Examiner.
TODAY'S FACT: According to the results of the 1860 census, the slave population outnumbered the free population in two states: Mississippi and South Carolina.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "You don't have to be right. All you have to do is be candid." -- Allen Ginsberg
TODAY'S NUMBER: 25 -- length, in feet, of the tether attaching Edward H. White II to the Gemini spacecraft during the first U.S. spacewalk.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (May 28) and full moon (June 4).