Today is the 144th day of 2013 and the 66th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first electrical telegraph message, "What Hath God Wrought," from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to an assistant in Baltimore.
In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened in New York City.
In 1994, the four men convicted of the 1993 bombing of New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Queen Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch; H.B. Reese (1879-1956), candymaker; Tommy Chong (1938- ), actor/comedian; Bob Dylan (1941- ), singer/songwriter; Patti LaBelle (1944- ), singer; Priscilla Presley (1945- ), actress; Kristen Scott Thomas (1960- ), actress; John C. Reilly (1965- ), actor; Mo Willems (1968- ), children's author; Joey Logano (1990- ), race car driver.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1864, a telegram containing the 16,543-word Nevada Constitution was sent from Carson City, Nev., to Washington, D.C. It is thought to be the longest telegram ever sent, at a cost of $4,303.27.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1964, a riot erupted at National Stadium in Lima, Peru, after a referee's call during a soccer match between Peru and Argentina. More than 300 fans were killed and more than 500 were injured.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain." -- Bob Dylan, "Not Dark Yet"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 14,680 -- the total weight, in tons, of the Brooklyn Bridge.