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Today is Monday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2003. There are 233 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 12, 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

On this date:

In 1820, the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born in Florence, Italy.

In 1870, Manitoba entered Confederation as a Canadian province.

In 1932, the body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, N.J.

In 1933, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were established to provide help for the needy and farmers.

In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.

In 1949, the Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.

In 1970, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.

In 1975, the White House announced the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in international waters.

In 1978, the Commerce Department said hurricanes would no longer be given only female names.

In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who was trying to reach Pope John Paul II.

Ten years ago: President Clinton proposed putting all money raised from new taxes and spending cuts into a trust fund dedicated solely to reducing the nation's huge budget deficit.

Five years ago: A day after India's first atomic test blasts in 24 years, neighboring Pakistan said it was ready to test a nuclear device itself. Indonesian President Suharto's security forces killed at least six student demonstrators.

One year ago: Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president - in or out of office - to visit since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party rejected creation of a Palestinian state.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Katharine Hepburn is 96. Critic John Simon is 78. Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is 78. Composer Burt Bacharach is 74. Talk show host Tom Snyder is 67. Comedian George Carlin is 66. Actress Millie Perkins is 65. Rhythm and blues singer Jayotis Washington is 62. Country singer Billy Swan is 61. Actress Linda Dano is 60. Musician Ian McLagan is 58. Actress Lindsay Crouse is 55. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 55. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 53. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 53. Singer Billy Squier is 53. Country singer Kix Brooks is 48. Actress Kim Greist is 45. Actor Ving Rhames is 42. Rock musician Billy Duffy is 42. Actor Emilio Estevez is 41. Actress Vanessa Williams ("Soul Food") is 40. Country musician Eddie Kilgallon is 38. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 37. Actress Kim Fields is 34. Actress Samantha Mathis is 33. Actress Jamie Luner is 32. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 30. Actor Jason Biggs is 25. Actress Emily VanCamp is 17. Actors Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten ("Everybody Loves Raymond") are 8.

Thought for Today: "A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion." - Minna Antrim, American writer (1861-1950).

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