Today is the 123rd day of 2014 and the 45th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.
In 1921, West Virginia approved the first state sales tax.
In 1973, construction was completed on Chicago's Sears Tower (later renamed the Willis Tower), the tallest building in the world at the time.
In 2006, Zacarias Moussaoui, convicted of conspiracy in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was sentenced to life in prison.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), statesman/philosopher; Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli prime minister; Bing Crosby (1903-1977), singer/actor; Pete Seeger (1919-2014), singer-songwriter; Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989), boxer; James Brown (1933-2006), singer-songwriter; Frankie Valli (1934- ), singer; Greg Gumbel (1946- ), sportscaster; Christina Hendricks (1975- ), actress; Dule Hill (1975- ), actor; Cheryl Burke (1984- ), dancer.
TODAY'S FACT: Residents of Washington, D.C., did not receive the right to vote in presidential elections until the 23rd Amendment was passed in 1961.
TODAY'S SPORTS: in 1987, Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers played his final game, finishing with 30,026 points, 10,525 rebounds and 5,176 assists in his professional basketball (ABA and NBA) career.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I'd really rather put songs on people's lips than in their ears." -- Pete Seeger
TODAY'S NUMBER: 23 -- hours of solitary confinement each day for prisoners at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., where Zacarias Moussaoui is imprisoned.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (April 28) and first quarter moon (May 6).