Today is the 206th day of 2012 and the 35th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1847, Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers arrived at Utah's Salt Lake Valley.
In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to formally rejoin the Union following the Civil War.
In 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev engaged in what became known as the "kitchen debate."
In 1998, a lone gunman opened fire in the U.S. Capitol building, killing two police officers.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Simon Bolivar (1783-1830), South American liberator; Alexandre Dumas, pere (1802-1870), playwright/novelist; Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), aviator; Bella Abzug (1920-1998), activist/politician; Billy Taylor (1921-2010), jazz pianist; Karl Malone (1963- ), basketball player; Barry Bonds (1964- ), baseball player; Jennifer Lopez (1969- ), actress/singer; Elisabeth Moss (1982- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2005, Lance Armstrong became the first cyclist ever to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times.
TODAY'S FACT: Barry Bonds will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 2013. He must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast to gain admission.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "All for one, one for all -- that is our motto, is it not?" -- Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6.2 million -- reported membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) in the United States in 2012.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (July 19) and first quarter moon (July 26).