The Punxsutawney Spirit

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Today is the 138th day of 2022 and the 60th day of spring.

TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1917, the United States passed the Selective Service Act, a conscripti­on law requiring registrati­on of all men ages 21 to 30 who were not already in the military.

In 1974, India successful­ly tested its first nuclear weapon.

In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington state.

In 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice and the attorneys general of 20 states filed an antitrust case against Microsoft.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Frank Capra (1897-1991), filmmaker; Perry Como (19122001), singer; Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), ballet dancer; Pope John Paul II (1920-2005), Roman Catholic leader; Brooks Robinson (1937- ), baseball player; Reggie Jackson (1946- ), baseball player; George Strait (1952- ), singer/guitarist; Chow Yun-Fat (1955- ), actor; Yannick Noah (1960- ), tennis player; Tina Fey (1970- ), actress/comedian; Jack Johnson (1975- ), singer-songwriter.

TODAY’S FACT: Five countries (the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China) have officially acknowledg­ed a capability to deploy nuclear weapons. At least four others (India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) have nuclear capability but are not signatorie­s to nuclear non-proliferat­ion treaties. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2004, 40-yearold left-hander Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbac­ks became the oldest pitcher ever to throw a perfect game.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.” — Pope John Paul II

TODAY’S NUMBER: $168 billion — value of Microsoft sales in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

TODAY’S MOON: Between full moon (May 15) and last quarter moon (May 22).

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