Today is the 172nd day of 2012 and the first day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of her parents' murder in an infamous trial.
In 1973, Juan Peron returned to Argentina after 18 years of exile.
In 1999, NATO formally ended its bombing campaign against Yugoslavia as Serb forces completed their withdrawal from Kosovo.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), composer; Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), playwright; Errol Flynn (1909-1959), actor; Audie Murphy (1924-1971), war hero/actor; Olympia Dukakis (1931- ), actress; Brian Wilson (1942- ), musician/songwriter; Bob Vila (1946- ), handyman/TV personality; Lionel Richie (1949- ), musician; John Goodman (1952- ), actor; Nicole Kidman (1967- ), actress; Christopher Mintz-Plasse (1989- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be inducted. The Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction in 1971.
TODAY'S FACT: Western Argentina is home to many mountains of extreme height. Aconcagua Mountain is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, with an altitude of 22,834 feet.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." -- Henry David Thoreau
TODAY'S NUMBER: 36 -- Billboard Top 40 hits recorded by the Beach Boys, the record for an American group.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 19) and first quarter moon (June 26).