Today is the 154th day of 2014 and the 76th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the National Defense Act, expanding the size and scope of the U.S. National Guard.
In 1965, Edward H. White II, an astronaut on Gemini IV, became the first American to "walk" in space.
In 1979, the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico blew out, spilling more than 600,000 tons of oil over an area of 1,100 square miles.
In 2006, Montenegro formally declared its independence from the Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), president of the Confederate States of America; Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), artist; Tony Curtis (1925-2010), actor; Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet; Chuck Barris (1929- ), game show host; Raul Castro (1931- ), prime minister of Cuba; Larry McMurtry (1936- ), author; Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999), singer-songwriter/musician; Anderson Cooper (1967- ), TV journalist; Rafael Nadal (1986- ), tennis player.
TODAY'S FACT: According to the results of the 1860 census, the slave population outnumbered the free population in two states: Mississippi and South Carolina.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1888, the comic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat," by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Examiner.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private." -- Allen Ginsberg
TODAY'S NUMBER: 25 -- length, in feet, of the tether attaching Edward H. White II to the Gemini spacecraft during the first U.S. spacewalk.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (May 28) and first quarter moon (June 5).