Today is the 209th day of 2012 and the 38th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, Congress established the State Department.
In 1940, the first Bugs Bunny cartoon, "A Wild Hare," debuted in movie theaters.
In 1953, a Korean War armistice was signed after three years of fighting.
In 1974, the House of Representatives voted to recommend the first article of impeachment against President Nixon, which charged him with obstruction of justice.
In 1996, a bomb exploded in an Atlanta park during the Summer Olympics, killing one person.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alexandre Dumas, fils (1824-1895), novelist/playwright; Leo Durocher (1905-1991), baseball player/manager; Norman Lear (1922- ), TV producer/writer; Maya Rudolph (1972- ), actress; Alex Rodriguez (1975- ), baseball player; Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (1977- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1986, 83 years after the Tour de France was established, American cyclist Greg LeMond became the first non-European to win the race.
TODAY'S FACT: The Republic of Korea (South Korea) refused to sign the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War. They have never made a peace treaty with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life is about having a good time, and it was a good time. We did some things well and some things poorly, but that was always the case." -- Norman Lear
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4 -- Major League Baseball teams (Dodgers, Giants, Cubs and Astros) managed by Leo Durocher on his way to a career total of 2,009 wins.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (July 26) and full moon (August 1).