Today is the 100th day of 2014 and the 22nd day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City.
In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" was published in New York City.
In 1938, Nazi Germany officially annexed Austria.
In 1972, famed comic actor and director Charlie Chaplin received an honorary Oscar.
In 2003, Congress approved the Amber Alert system, which alerts the public to child abductions.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Hazlitt (1778-1830), writer; William Booth (1829-1912), Salvation Army founder; Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), publisher; Harry Morgan (1915-2011), actor; Max von Sydow (1929- ), actor; Omar Sharif (1932- ), actor; John Madden (1936- ), football coach/broadcaster; Steven Seagal (1952- ), actor; Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (1959- ), singer-songwriter/producer; Michael Pitt (1981- ), actor; Mandy Moore (1984- ), actress/singer-songwriter; Haley Joel Osment (1988- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: According to 2014 estimates from the CIA, residents of the 0.77-square-mile principality of Monaco enjoy the longest life expectancy in the world, at an average of 89.6 years.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced the purchase of Jackie Robinson's contract from the Montreal Royals, a minor-league club.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be." -- William Hazlitt
TODAY'S NUMBER: 69.9 million -- dogs owned as pets in the United States in 2012.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (April 7) and full moon (April 15).