Today is the 174th day of 2012 and the third day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1870, Congress created the Justice Department.
In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the GI Bill, providing benefits to veterans.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed a bill that lowered the federal voting age to 18.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001), aviator/author; Billy Wilder (1906-2002), director; Bill Blass (1922-2002), fashion designer; Dianne Feinstein (1933- ), U.S. senator; Kris Kristofferson (1936- ), singer/actor; Meryl Streep (1949- ), actress; Cyndi Lauper (1953- ), singer; Dan Brown (1964- ), author; Kurt Warner (1971- ), football player; Carson Daly (1973- ), TV personality; Dan Wheldon (1978-2011), race car driver.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1938, Joe Louis avenged an earlier defeat with a decisive first-round knockout of the German Max Schmeling in a heavyweight championship bout.
TODAY'S FACT: After 18- to 20-year-olds were enfranchised, the voter-participation rate fell to 55.2 percent for the 1972 presidential election, from 60.8 percent of eligible voters in 1968.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own." -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
TODAY'S NUMBER: 49 -- percentage of U.S. college students who were war veterans in 1947, marking the peak year of the GI Bill education program.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 19) and first quarter moon (June 26).