Today is the 163rd day of 2012 and the 84th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1770, Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia by accidentally running aground on a shoal.
In 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace, confronted by National Guard troops, allowed the University of Alabama to be desegregated.
In 2001, Timothy McVeigh, convicted in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that resulted in the deaths of 168 people, was executed by lethal injection.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Richard Strauss (1864-1949), composer/conductor; Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997), explorer/inventor/writer; Vince Lombardi (1913-1970), football coach; William Styron (1925-2006), author; Gene Wilder (1933- ), actor; Joe Montana (1956- ), football player; Hugh Laurie (1959- ), actor; Diana Taurasi (1982- ), basketball player; Shia LaBeouf (1986- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Nolan Ryan threw his sixth no-hitter, pitching for the Texas Rangers against the Oakland Athletics.
TODAY'S FACT: Captain James Cook named the Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia, after glass furnaces familiar in his native Yorkshire, England.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." -- Vince Lombardi
TODAY'S NUMBER: 13 -- percentage of the University of Alabama student population that was African-American in 2011.
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (June 11).