Today is the 127th day of 2015 and the 49th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1847, the American Medical Association was founded in Philadelphia.
In 1915, a German U-boat sank the RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 off the coast of Ireland.
In 1945, Germany unconditionally surrendered and withdrew from World War II.
In 1998, Mercedes-Benz announced its $36 billion merger with the Chrysler Corporation.
In 2000, Vladimir Putin assumed the presidency in Russia's first democratic change of office.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Browning (1812-1889), poet/playwright; Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), composer; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), composer; Gary Cooper (1901-1961), actor; Eva Peron (1919-1952), Argentine first lady/actress; Johnny Unitas (1933-2002), football player; Tim Russert (1950-2008), journalist; Breckin Meyer (1974- ), actor; Alexander Ludwig (1992- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby. The horse went on to win the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, becoming the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown and the only one to do so while undefeated.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1982, a jury ruled in favor of Raiders owner Al Davis in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, allowing Davis to move the team from Oakland, California, to Los Angeles.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The moment eternal -- just that and no more -- When ecstasy's utmost we clutch at the core /
While cheeks burn, arms open, eyes shut and lips meet!" -- Robert Browning, "Now"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 16,024 -- height (in feet) of the Carstensz Pyramid, the highest summit of Puncak Jaya in Indonesia. Canadian Patrick Morrow became the first person to scale the "Seven Summits" -- the highest peak on each of the seven continents -- when he reached the top of the Carstensz Pyramid on this day in 1986.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (May 3) and last quarter moon (May 11).