Today is the 155th day of 2016 and the 76th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the National Defense Act, expanding the size and scope of the U.S. National Guard.
In 1965, Edward H. White II, an astronaut on Gemini IV, became the first American to "walk" in space.
In 1979, the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico blew out, spilling more than 600,000 tons of oil over an area of 1,100 square miles.
In 2006, Montenegro formally declared its independence from the Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), president of the Confederate States of America; Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), artist; Tony Curtis (1925-2010), actor; Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet; Chuck Barris (1929- ), game show host; Raul Castro (1931- ), prime minister of Cuba; Larry McMurtry (1936- ), author; Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999), singer-songwriter/musician; Anderson Cooper (1967- ), TV journalist; John Hodgman (1971- ), author/actor; Rafael Nadal (1986- ), tennis player.
TODAY'S FACT: According to the results of the 1860 census, the slave population outnumbered the free population in two states: Mississippi and South Carolina.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1888, the comic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat," by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Examiner.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness." -- Allen Ginsberg
TODAY'S NUMBER: 25 -- length, in feet, of the tether attaching Edward H. White II to the Gemini spacecraft during the first U.S. spacewalk.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (May 29) and new moon (June 4).