Today is the 107th day of 2015 and the 29th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union.
In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Nazi Germany.
In 1961, a group of CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
In 1964, the Ford Mustang debuted at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.
In 1970, the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean.
In 2014, NASA's Kepler space observatory announced the discovery of an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star about 490 light-years from Earth.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: J.P. Morgan (1837-1913), financier/banker; Senor Wences (1896-1999), ventriloquist; Thornton Wilder, (1897-1975), playwright/novelist; William Holden (1918-1981), actor; Roddy Piper (1954- ), wrestler; Nick Hornby (1957- ), author/screenwriter; Sean Bean (1959- ), actor; Boomer Esiason (1961- ), football player/sportscaster; Henry Ian Cusick (1967- ), actor; Redman (1970- ), rapper/actor; Jennifer Garner (1972- ), actress; Rooney Mara (1985- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than any other state.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1951, 19-year-old Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning." -- Thornton Wilder, "The Bridge of San Luis Rey"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 11,747 -- immigrants processed at the Ellis Island immigration center on this day in 1907, the most ever in a single day.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (April 11) and new moon (April 18).