Today is the 126th day of 2016 and the 47th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to receive a U.S. patent, for a weaving technique.
In 1821, exiled former French emperor Napolean Bonaparte died in British custody on the island of Saint Helena.
In 1862, the Mexican army halted the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla. This day would later be celebrated as the "Cinco de Mayo" holiday.
In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into outer space.
In 1994, 18-year-old American Michael P. Fay was caned in Singapore as punishment for theft and vandalism.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), philosopher; Karl Marx (1818-1883), philosopher; Nellie Bly (1864-1922), journalist; Tyrone Power (1914-1958), actor; Michael Palin (1943- ), actor/comedian; John Rhys-Davies (1944- ), actor; Brian Williams (1959- ), TV journalist; Craig David (1981- ), singer-songwriter; Henry Cavill (1983- ), actor; Adele (1988- ), singer-songwriter; Chris Brown (1989- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor at the grand opening of New York's Carnegie Hall (then called the Music Hall) on this day in 1891.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby with a time of 1:59:40, a record that still stands.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The truth is a trap: You cannot get it without it getting you; you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you." -- Soren Kierkegaard
TODAY'S NUMBER: 21 -- perfect games (as of April 2016) thrown by major league pitchers in baseball's modern era. A perfect game is one in which no opposing player reaches base. Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox became the first pitcher to accomplish the feat on this day in 1904.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (April 29) and new moon (May 6).