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April 5, 2012

Today in history

Today is the 96th day of 2012 and the 17th day of spring.


TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1792, George Washington cast the first presidential veto, striking down a bill that concerned representative apportionment among the states.

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for espionage.

In 1955, Winston Churchill resigned as prime minister of Great Britain.


TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), philosopher; Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), writer/educator; Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), actor; Bette Davis (1908-1989), actress; Gregory Peck (1916-2003), actor; Colin Powell (1937- ), U.S. Army general/diplomat; Pharrell Williams (1973- ), rapper/producer.


TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored his 31,420th career point and became the highest-scoring player in NBA history.


TODAY'S FACT: As of December 2010, 8.1 percent of the American veteran population was female. That percentage is expected to double by 2035.


TODAY'S QUOTE: "All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope." -- Winston Churchill


TODAY'S NUMBER: 414 -- record number of vetoes cast by a president in a single term, set by Grover Cleveland between 1885 and 1889.


TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (March 30) and full moon (April 6).

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