Today is the 105th day of 2015 and the 27th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1896, closing ceremonies for the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens.
In 1912, the R.M.S. Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg.
In 1923, insulin became available to the general public for the treatment of diabetes.
In 1924, Rand McNally published its first road atlas.
In 2013, two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264.
In 2014, the Boko Haram terrorist organization kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), artist/scientist; Henry James (1843-1916), author; A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979), activist; Bessie Smith (1894-1937), blues singer; Roy Clark (1933- ), singer/actor; Elizabeth Montgomery (1933-1995), actress; Michael Kamen (1948-2003), composer; Evelyn Ashford (1957- ), runner; Emma Thompson (1959- ), actress; Arturo Gatti (1972-2009), boxer; Seth Rogen (1982- ), actor; Emma Watson (1990- ), actress; Maisie Williams (1997- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: After hitting the iceberg, the R.M.S. Titanic stayed partially afloat for 2 hours and 40 minutes before sinking completely beneath the surface.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1947, Jackie Robinson took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming Major League Baseball's first African-American player.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If one is strong, one loves the more strongly." -- Henry James, "The Portrait of a Lady"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 24 -- hours after Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland that U.S. stores were completely sold out of Rand McNally maps of Europe.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (April 11) and new moon (April 18).