Today is the 177th day of 2012 and the sixth day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1876, Lt. Col. George Custer and 263 soldiers under his command were killed by Cheyenne and Sioux fighters in the "last stand" Battle of Little Bighorn.
In 1938, the first federal hourly minimum wage was enacted (at 25 cents an hour).
In 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea, igniting the Korean War.
In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled the federal line-item veto unconstitutional.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), architect; George Abbott (1887-1995), playwright/producer/director; George Orwell (1903-1950), essayist/novelist; Sidney Lumet (1924-2011), filmmaker; Sonia Sotomayor (1954- ), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Anthony Bourdain (1956- ), chef/author/TV personality; Ricky Gervais (1961- ), comedian/actor; George Michael (1963- ), singer; Linda Cardellini (1975- ), actress; Busy Philipps (1979- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1968, San Francisco Giants rookie Bobby Bonds became the first player in the 20th century to hit a grand slam in his first major league game.
TODAY'S FACT: North Korea's military had 1.1 million active troops and 8.2 million reserve troops in 2011.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." -- George Orwell
TODAY'S NUMBER: $9.04 -- hourly minimum wage in Washington state, which had the highest minimum wage of any state in 2012.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 19) and first quarter moon (June 26).