Today is the 137th day of 2014 and the 59th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1792, 24 brokers and merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement, forming what would become the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1954, the Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, ruled unanimously that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.
In 1973, televised Senate hearings began in the Watergate scandal.
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriages.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Dennis Hopper (1936-2010), actor; Bill Paxton (1955- ), actor; Sugar Ray Leonard (1956- ), boxer; Bob Saget (1956- ), actor/comedian; Enya (1961- ), singer-songwriter; Craig Ferguson (1962- ), comedian/TV personality; Jim Nantz (1959- ), sportscaster; Trent Reznor (1965- ), singer-songwriter/musician; Josh Homme (1973- ), singer-songwriter/musician; Tony Parker (1982- ), basketball player; Matt Ryan (1985- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: Of the five securities traded on the precursor to the New York Stock Exchange in 1792, three were government bonds and two were bank stocks.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves collected his 3,000th hit, becoming the first player with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I think when you become a parent you go from being a star in the movie of your own life to the supporting player in the movie of someone else's." -- Craig Ferguson, "American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 68 percent -- high school graduation rate (within four years) for black students in 2011-2012. The national average rate is 81 percent.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (May 14) and last quarter moon (May 21).