Today is the 109th day of 2014 and the 31st day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War were fought at Lexington and Concord, Mass.
In 1943, an uprising began in the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland.
In 1993, a fire broke out at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, killing 76 people and ending a 51-day siege by federal and state authorities.
In 1995, a truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168.
In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope; he selected the pontifical name Benedict XVI.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Eliot Ness (1903-1957), law enforcement agent; Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), actress; Dudley Moore (1935-2002), actor; Tim Curry (1946- ), actor; Al Unser Jr. (1962- ), race car driver; Ashley Judd (1968- ), actress; James Franco (1978- ), actor; Kate Hudson (1979- ), actress; Troy Polamalu (1981- ), football player; Joe Mauer (1983- ), baseball player; Maria Sharapova (1987- ), tennis player.
TODAY'S FACT: More than 14 percent of the world's population speaks Mandarin Chinese as a first language. Five percent of the world's population speaks English as a first language.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1897, New Yorker John J. McDermott won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I will only be the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church until 8 p.m. and then no longer. I will simply be a pilgrim who is starting the last phase of his pilgrimage on this earth." -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, during his last public appearance as pope on Feb. 28, 2013
TODAY'S NUMBER: 175 -- days in orbit for Salyut 1, the first space station, launched by the Soviet Union on this day in 1971.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (April 15) and last quarter moon (April 22).