Today is the 212th day of 2012 and the 41st day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1619, America's first representative assembly met in Jamestown, Va.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill that created Medicare.
In 1975, former Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from suburban Detroit.
In 2006, the Democratic Republic of the Congo held its first multiparty election in four decades.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Emily Bronte (1818-1848), novelist; Henry Ford (1863-1947), industrialist/automaker; Casey Stengel (1890-1975), baseball player/manager; Bud Selig (1934- ), baseball commissioner; Paul Anka (1941- ), singer/songwriter; Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947- ), actor/former governor; Laurence Fishburne (1961- ), actor; Lisa Kudrow (1963- ), actress; Christopher Nolan (1970- ), film director; Hilary Swank (1974- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2002, Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a WNBA game.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1919, Henry Ford sued the Chicago Tribune for libeling him in an editorial headlined, "Ford Is an Anarchist." The jury found in his favor and awarded him 6 cents plus trial costs.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The key to good management is keeping the nine guys who hate your guts away from the nine guys who haven't made up their minds." -- Casey Stengel
TODAY'S NUMBER: 28 -- age at which Emily Bronte finished writing "Wuthering Heights."
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (July 26) and full moon (Aug. 1).