5/11/2013 3:45:00 PM World Almanac for May 12 Today is the 132nd day of 2013 and the 54th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1780, British forces took Charleston, S.C., during the Revolutionary War. 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.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Edward Lear (1812-1888), painter/poet; Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), nurse; Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003), actress; Yogi Berra (1925- ), baseball player/manager; Burt Bacharach (1928- ), composer; George Carlin (1937-2008), comedian; Gabriel Byrne (1950- ), actor; Tony Hawk (1968- ), skateboarder; Jason Biggs (1978- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, in 1860, but 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: "Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better." -- Florence Nightingale
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 new moon (May 9) and first quarter moon (May 17).