Today is the 196th day of 2012 and the 25th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille in Paris.
In 1951, the George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Mo., was dedicated, becoming the first U.S. national monument to honor an African-American.
In 2004, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), painter; Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), painter; Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), musician; Gerald Ford (1913-2006), 38th U.S. president; Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), screenwriter/director; Harry Dean Stanton (1926- ), actor; Jane Lynch (1960- ), actress; Brian Selznick (1966- ), writer/illustrator; Tim Hudson (1975- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 79-61 to win the first WNBA All-Star Game.
TODAY'S FACT: The French revolutionaries were called sans-culottes, or "without breeches," which referred to their preference for wearing long trousers rather than the breeches of the aristocracy.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Let me be known as just the man that told you something you already knew." -- Woody Guthrie
TODAY'S NUMBER: $192.7 million -- total price fetched for four paintings by Gustav Klimt at a Christie's auction in 2006.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (July 10) and new moon (July 19).