Today is the 159th day of 2012 and the 80th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1776, Richard Henry Lee proposed a resolution calling for a declaration of independence to the Continental Congress.
In 1929, Vatican City became a sovereign state.
In 1942, the Allies emerged victorious from the Battle of Midway.
In 2008, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York suspended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), painter; Jessica Tandy (1909-1994), actress; Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), poet; Tom Jones (1940- ), singer; Liam Neeson (1952- ), actor; Orhan Pamuk (1952- ), novelist; Prince (1958- ), musician; Anna Kournikova (1981- ), tennis player; Michael Cera (1988- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1978, the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) won the franchise's first and only NBA championship title.
TODAY'S FACT: About 40 people reside in the Midway Islands. Most of them are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff or their contractors.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I've stayed in the front yard all my life. I want a peek at the back where it's rough and untended and hungry weed grows. A girl gets sick of a rose." -- Gwendolyn Brooks, "A Street in Bronzeville"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 836 -- estimated population of Vatican City in 2012.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (June 4) and last quarter moon (June 11).