Today is the 128th day of 2014 and the 50th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1886, pharmacist John Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola soft drink.
In 1945, Victory in Europe Day (or V-E Day) was celebrated as the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender, ending World War II in Europe.
In 1973, a 10-week standoff in Wounded Knee, S.D., between federal authorities and American Indian Movement activists ended.
In 1984, the Soviet Union announced that it would boycott that year's Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd U.S. president; Don Rickles (1926- ), comedian/actor; Thomas Pynchon (1937- ), author; Ricky Nelson (1940-1985), singer-songwriter; Toni Tennille (1940- ), singer-songwriter; Mike D'Antoni (1951- ), basketball coach; Bill Cowher (1957- ), football coach/analyst; Lovie Smith (1958- ), football coach; Enrique Iglesias (1975- ), singer-songwriter; Adrian Gonzalez (1982- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1999, Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina.
TODAY'S SPORTS: The United States won 174 medals, including a record 83 gold medals, at the Soviet-boycotted 1984 Summer Olympics.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers." -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1.9 billion -- average number of servings of Coca-Cola sold daily in 2013.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (May 6) and full moon (May 14).