Today is the 185th day of 2012 and the 14th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army.
In 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg ended in a major victory for the Union states as Confederate troops retreated.
In 1998, Bill Clinton completed the first presidential visit to China since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George M. Cohan (1878-1942), songwriter/entertainer; Franz Kafka (1883-1924), writer; Tom Stoppard (1937- ), playwright; Tom Cruise (1962- ), actor; Olivia Munn (1980- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2001, NBA owners approved the move of the 6-year-old Grizzlies franchise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Memphis, Tenn.
TODAY'S FACT: George M. Cohan, author of the songs "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There," among many others, often claimed to have been "born on the Fourth of July."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair." -- Franz Kafka
TODAY'S NUMBER: 50,000 -- estimated number of Gettysburg veterans who reunited at the site to mark the battle's 50th anniversary in 1913. The youngest veteran claimed to be only 61.
TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (July 3).