Today is the 204th day of 2012 and the 33rd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1587, English colonists founded their second North American settlement at Roanoke Island, near the coast of present-day North Carolina.
In 1934, FBI agents fatally shot notorious bank robber John Dillinger as he left a Chicago movie theater.
In 1994, former pro football star O.J. Simpson, charged in the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, pleaded not guilty.
In 2004, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report, stating that the U.S. government had not been fully prepared for a terrorist attack.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Emma Lazarus (1849-1887), poet; Edward Hopper (1882-1967), artist; Bob Dole (1923- ), politician; Oscar de la Renta (1932- ), fashion designer; Alex Trebek (1940- ), TV personality; George Clinton (1941- ), musician; Danny Glover (1946- ), actor; Don Henley (1947- ), musician; Willem Dafoe (1955- ), actor; Rufus Wainwright (1973- ), singer/songwriter; Selena Gomez (1992- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1976, Nadia Comaneci of Romania scored a perfect 10 in the uneven parallel bars, becoming the first gymnast to ever achieve a perfect score in Olympic competition.
TODAY'S FACT: The fates of the Roanoke colony and Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the Americas in 1587, remain undetermined.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you're hanging around with nothing to do and the zoo is closed, come over to the Senate. You'll get the same kind of feeling and you won't have to pay." -- Bob Dole
TODAY'S NUMBER: 5 -- medals Nadia Comaneci won in the 1976 Olympics at Montreal: three gold, one silver and one bronze.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (July 19) and first quarter moon (July 26).