ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 132nd day of 2017 and the 54th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1780, British forces took Charleston, South Carolina, during the Revolutionary War.
In 1937, King George VI of the United Kingdom and Elizabeth, the future queen mother, were crowned at a ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
In 1949, the Soviet Union lifted its blockade of Berlin.
In 2002, Jimmy Carter became the first former or sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro.
In 2008, a magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck in Sichuan province, China, leaving more than 69,000 people dead, 18,000 missing and 4.8 million homeless.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Edward Lear (1812-1888), painter/poet; Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), nurse; Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003), actress; Yogi Berra (1925-2015), baseball player/manager; Burt Bacharach (1928- ), composer; George Carlin (1937-2008), comedian; Gabriel Byrne (1950- ), actor; Ving Rhames (1959- ), actor; Tony Hawk (1968- ), skateboarder; Catherine Tate (1968- ), actress; Malin Akerman (1978- ), actress; Jason Biggs (1978- ), actor; Domhnall Gleeson (1983- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, in 1860, and was readmitted in 1868.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2008, Cleveland Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera turned the 14th unassisted triple play in Major League Baseball history.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit." -- George Carlin, "Brain Droppings"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4 -- American presidents who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama).
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (May 10) and last quarter moon (May 18).