Today is the 133rd day of 2014 and the 55th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his "blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech to the British House of Commons as Germany's conquest of France began.
In 1943, the German Afrika Korps surrendered to Allied forces in North Africa.
In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and critically injured by would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
In 1985, two blocks of Philadelphia were destroyed by fire after police dropped an incendiary device on the headquarters of MOVE, a black liberation group.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Pope Pius IX (1792-1878); Joe Louis (1914-1981), boxer; Bea Arthur (1922-2009), actress; Harvey Keitel (1939- ), actor; Ritchie Valens (1941-1959), singer-songwriter; Stevie Wonder (1950- ), singer-songwriter/pianist; Stephen Colbert (1964- ), TV personality; Darius Rucker (1966- ), singer-songwriter; Barry Zito (1978- ), baseball player; Lena Dunham (1986- ), actress; Robert Pattinson (1986- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Two women were also wounded in the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II on this date in 1981.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, Alison Hargreaves of Great Britain became the first woman to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen or the help of Sherpas.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. 'Yes' is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes." -- Stephen Colbert
TODAY'S NUMBER: 142,500 -- total salary (in pounds) of the British prime minister in 2013 (around $240,000). The salary of the president of the United States was $400,000 in 2013.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (May 6) and full moon (May 14).