UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 114th day of 2013 and the 36th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States.
In 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood began the Easter Uprising in Dublin, Ireland, seizing several key locations and proclaiming Irish independence.
In 1980, the United States launched Operation Eagle Claw, an unsuccessful attempt to free American hostages in Iran that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), artist; Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), novelist/poet; Shirley MacLaine (1934- ), actress; Sue Grafton (1940- ), novelist; Barbra Streisand (1942- ), singer/actress; Cedric the Entertainer (1964- ), comedian/actor; Djimon Hounsou (1964- ), actor; Aidan Gillen (1968- ), actor; Damon Lindelof (1973- ), TV writer/executive; Kelly Clarkson (1982- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: In 2012, American plastic surgeons performed 14.6 million cosmetic procedures; 1.6 million of these procedures were surgical, while the rest were "minimally invasive."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1901, the first American League game was played. The Chicago White Stockings defeated the Cleveland Blues, 8-2.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake." -- Robert Penn Warren
TODAY'S NUMBER: 14 -- teams in Major League Baseball's modern American League.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (April 18) and full moon (April 25).