Today is the 102nd day of 2015 and the 24th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, Confederate forces fired on Union-held Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, in the first engagement of the Civil War.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died at his retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia.
In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel in space and the first to orbit the Earth.
In 1981, the first space shuttle, Columbia, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Henry Clay (1777-1852), politician/statesman; Lily Pons (1898-1976), opera singer/actress; Beverly Cleary (1916- ), author; Herbie Hancock (1940- ), musician; Ed O'Neill (1946- ), actor; Tom Clancy (1947-2013), author; David Letterman (1947- ), TV personality; Scott Turow (1949- ), author; Jon Krakauer (1954- ), author; Andy Garcia (1956- ), actor; Vince Gill (1957- ), singer-songwriter; Claire Danes (1979- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Franklin D. Roosevelt has consistently come in first or second in the Zogby International Presidential Greatness polls since 1997, but his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, consistently outranked him in approval polls during his lifetime.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1981, the New York Giants selected University of North Carolina linebacker Lawrence Taylor in the first round of the NFL draft.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Quite often somebody will say, 'What year do your books take place?' and the only answer I can give is, in childhood." -- Beverly Cleary
TODAY'S NUMBER: 108 -- length (in minutes) of the first orbital human spaceflight, by Yuri Gagarin aboard the Vostok 3KA spacecraft on this day in 1961.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (April 11) and new moon (April 18).