Today is the 103rd day of 2014 and the 25th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1941, the Soviet Union and Japan signed a five-year non-aggression pact.
In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his performance in "Lilies of the Field."
In 1970, an oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, crippling the spacecraft, which was on its way to the moon.
In 2005, Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to four bombings between 1996 and 1998, including a blast at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third U.S. president; Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), playwright; Eudora Welty (1909-2001), author; Howard Keel (1919-2004), actor/singer; Seamus Heaney (1939- ), poet/playwright; Paul Sorvino (1939- ), actor; Al Green (1946- ), singer-songwriter; Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), journalist/author; Ron Perlman (1950- ), actor; Max Weinberg (1951- ), drummer/TV personality; Garry Kasparov (1963- ), chess player; Nellie McKay (1982- ), singer-songwriter/actress.
TODAY'S FACT: The first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actress was Halle Berry, for the 2001 film "Monster's Ball."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win the Masters Tournament, at age 21.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett, "Worstward Ho"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 19 -- moves it took the IBM Deep Blue supercomputer to defeat chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (April 7) and full moon (April 15).