Today is the 119th day of 2014 and the 41st day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1429, 17-year-old Joan of Arc led French forces in relieving the besieged city of Orleans, France.
In 1862, Union forces officially took possession of New Orleans.
In 1945, the Dachau concentration camp in Germany was liberated by U.S. troops.
In 1992, riots broke out in Los Angeles after four police officers were acquitted of using excessive force during the arrest of motorist Rodney King.
In 2011, Great Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in London.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), publisher/politician; Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), orchestra conductor; Duke Ellington (1899-1974), jazz musician; Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001), race car driver; Jerry Seinfeld (1954- ), comedian; Daniel Day-Lewis (1957- ), actor; Michelle Pfeiffer (1958- ), actress; Andre Agassi (1970- ), tennis player; Uma Thurman (1970- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Besides running his own catering business, Duke Ellington's father worked as a butler at a number of homes in Washington, D.C., including the White House.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1986, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox became the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game, a feat he repeated in 1996.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "You must keep your mind on the objective, not on the obstacle." -- William Randolph Hearst
TODAY'S NUMBER: 19 -- age of Joan of Arc at the time of her death.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (April 28) and first quarter moon (May 6).