5/28/2014 10:15:00 AM World Almanac printed May 28, 2014
Today is the 148th day of 2014 and the 70th day of spring. TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1588, the first of 130 ships in the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon, Portugal, bound for the English Channel. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law. In 1937, the government of Germany formed the automobile company that would later be known as Volkswagen. In 1961, English lawyer Peter Benenson's article "The Forgotten Prisoners" was published in London, forming the basis for the human rights organization Amnesty International. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Moore (1779-1852), poet; Jim Thorpe (1888-1953), multisport athlete; Ian Fleming (1908-1964), author; Jerry West (1938- ), basketball player/executive; Rudy Giuliani (1944- ), politician; Gladys Knight (1944- ), singer-songwriter; John Fogerty (1945- ), singer-songwriter; Kylie Minogue (1968- ), singer-songwriter; Elisabeth Hasselbeck (1977- ), TV personality; Carey Mulligan (1985- ), actress; NaVorro Bowman (1988- ), football player. TODAY'S FACT: Between 1939 and 2003, Volkswagen produced more than 21 million Beetles, which made the car the most-produced vehicle model of all time. TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1957, Major League Baseball's National League owners unanimously approved the moves of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. TODAY'S QUOTE: "The key to seeing the world's soul, and in the process wakening our own, is to get over the confusion by which we think that fact is real and imagination is illusion." -- Thomas Moore TODAY'S NUMBER: 3 million -- members and supporters of Amnesty International in more than 150 nations. TODAY'S MOON: New moon (May 28).