UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 140th day of 2013 and the 62nd day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which provided Western settlers free land for farms.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh departed for Paris from Long Island, N.Y., on the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight.
In 1961, a mob of 300 white segregationists attacked a busload of "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Ala., requiring federal intervention.
In 2006, Nouri al-Maliki took office as prime minister of Iraq.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Honore de Balzac (1799-1850), novelist; John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), philosopher; Jimmy Stewart (1908-1997), actor; Joe Cocker (1944- ), singer; Cher (1946- ), singer/actress; Ted Allen (1965- ), TV personality; Timothy Olyphant (1968- ), actor; Tony Stewart (1971- ), race car driver; Busta Rhymes (1972- ), rapper; Matt Czuchry (1977- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1932, Amelia Earhart departed from Newfoundland on the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight by a female. She landed in Ireland the next day.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1989, Sunday Silence beat Easy Goer by a nose in the 115th Preakness Stakes, the horse race's closest margin.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak." -- John Stuart Mill
TODAY'S NUMBER: 270 million -- acres of U.S. land given away through the Homestead Act.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (May 17) and full moon (May 24).