UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 125th day of 2013 and the 47th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1862, the Mexican army halted the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla. This day later became the "Cinco de Mayo" holiday.
In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space.
In 1994, 18-year-old American Michael P. Fay was caned in Singapore as punishment for theft and vandalism.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), philosopher; Karl Marx (1818-1883), philosopher; Nellie Bly (1864-1922), journalist; Tyrone Power (1914-1958), actor; Michael Palin (1943- ), actor/comedian; John Rhys-Davies (1944- ), actor; Brian Williams (1959- ), TV journalist; Craig David (1981- ), singer; Henry Cavill (1983- ), actor; Adele (1988- ), singer/songwriter; Chris Brown (1989- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: P.I. Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor at the grand opening of New York's Carnegie Hall (then called the Music Hall) on this day in 1891.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby with a time of 1:59:40, a record that still stands.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward." -- Soren Kierkegaard
TODAY'S NUMBER: 23 -- perfect games (as of April 2013) thrown by major league pitchers since Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox first accomplished the feat on this day in 1904. A perfect game is one in which no opposing player reaches base.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (May 2) and new moon (May 9).