Today is the 186th day of 2012 and the 15th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the text of the Declaration of Independence.
In 1826, founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
In 1895, the Congregationalist magazine published the poem "America the Beautiful," written by Wellesley professor Katharine Lee Bates.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), writer; Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th U.S. president; Leona Helmsley (1920-2007), real estate developer; Eva Marie Saint (1924- ), actress; Neil Simon (1927- ), playwright; George Steinbrenner (1930-2010), New York Yankees owner; Geraldo Rivera (1943- ), TV personality.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1939, more than 60,000 baseball fans honored Lou Gehrig, who was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig delivered the famous line, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
TODAY'S FACT: Eleven different places in the United States have "independence" in their names. Independence, Mo., is the most populous place, with 116,830 residents.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain, you probably haven't been born yet." -- Neil Simon
TODAY'S NUMBER: $3.6 million -- value of imported American flags in 2011 ($3.3 million worth of American flags were imported from China alone).
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (July 3) and last quarter moon (July 10).