Today is the 148th day of 2015 and the 70th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1588, the first of 130 ships in the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon, Portugal, bound for the English Channel.
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law.
In 1937, the government of Germany formed the automobile company that would later be known as Volkswagen.
In 1961, English lawyer Peter Benenson's article "The Forgotten Prisoners" was published in London, forming the basis for the human rights organization Amnesty International.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Moore (1779-1852), poet; Jim Thorpe (1888-1953), multisport athlete; Ian Fleming (1908-1964), author; Jerry West (1938- ), basketball player/executive; Rudy Giuliani (1944- ), politician; Gladys Knight (1944- ), singer-songwriter; John Fogerty (1945- ), singer-songwriter; Kylie Minogue (1968- ), singer-songwriter; Marco Rubio (1971- ), politician; Elisabeth Hasselbeck (1977- ), TV personality; Carey Mulligan (1985- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Between 1939 and 2003, Volkswagen produced more than 21 million Beetles, maing the car second only to the Toyota Corolla (40 million+ units) as the most-produced vehicle model of all time.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1957, Major League Baseball's National League owners unanimously approved the moves of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' He laughed. 'But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose a wonderful machine.'" -- Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 7 million -- members and supporters of Amnesty International in more than 150 nations.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (May 25) and full moon (June 2).