In 1775, the first battles of the American Revolution were fought at Lexington and Concord. In 1943, an uprising broke out in Poland's Warsaw Ghetto. In 1995, a truck bomb was detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope; he selected the pontifical name Benedict XVI.
Glenn T. Seaborg (1912-99), chemist/Nobel laureate; Jayne Mansfield (1933-67), actress; Dudley Moore (1935-2002), actor; Tim Curry (1946- ), actor; Al Unser Jr. (1962- ), auto racer; Ashley Judd (1968- ), actress; James Franco (1978- ), actor; Kate Hudson (1979- ), actress; Troy Polamalu (1981- ), football player; Joe Mauer (1983- ), baseball player; Candace Parker (1986- ), basketball player; Maria Sharapova (1987- ), tennis player
In 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held; the race was won by John J. McDermott, a New Yorker.
Some 12 percent of the world's population speaks Mandarin Chinese as a first language; about 5 percent of the world's population speaks English as a first language.
"We give too little if we offer only material things." – Pope Benedict XVI