Today is the 99th day of 2014 and the 21st day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, effectively ending the Civil War.
In 1940, Germany launched Operation Weseruebung, invading Norway and Denmark.
In 1959, NASA announced the selection of the first seven astronauts, whom the media dubbed the "Mercury Seven."
In 2003, Iraqis celebrating the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime destroyed a 20-foot statue of Hussein in Baghdad's Firdaus Square.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), poet; Curly Lambeau (1898-1965), football player/coach; Paul Robeson (1898-1976), athlete/actor/singer; Hugh Hefner (1926- ), publisher; Carl Perkins (1932-1998), singer-songwriter; Peter Gammons (1945- ), sportswriter; Dennis Quaid (1954- ), actor; Joe Scarborough (1963- ), TV personality; Jeffrey Zucker (1965- ), TV executive; Cynthia Nixon (1966- ), actress; Jay Baruchel (1982- ), actor; Leighton Meester (1986- ), actress; Kristen Stewart, (1990- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: The "Mercury Seven," selected on this day in 1959, were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2005, light heavyweight mixed martial artist Forrest Griffin was awarded the first "Ultimate Fighter" title after winning a 29-28 decision over Stephan Bonnar on the UFC reality show's season finale.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery." -- Charles Baudelaire
TODAY'S NUMBER: $384 million -- estimated cost of the Mercury program (1959-1963), NASA's first human spaceflight project.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (April 7) and full moon (April 15).