Today is the 214th day of 2012 and the 43rd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1834, Britain abolished slavery in all of its colonies.
In 1876, Colorado became the 38th U.S. state.
In 1981, MTV debuted. The music video "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles was the first thing that it aired.
In 2007, a highway bridge in Minneapolis collapsed over the Mississippi River, killing 13 and injuring 145.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Clark (1770-1838), explorer; Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), composer/lawyer; Herman Melville (1819-1891), writer; Dom DeLuise (1933-2009), actor/comedian; Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), fashion designer; Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), musician; Coolio (1963- ), rapper; Adam Duritz (1964- ), musician; Jason Momoa (1979- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1936, the Olympic Games opened in Berlin before a crowd of 100,000 spectators.
TODAY'S FACT: The U.S. Census Bureau hired nearly 700,000 people to conduct interviews for the 2010 census.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Never joke at funerals, or during business transactions." -- Herman Melville
TODAY'S NUMBER: 11 -- U.S. presidents to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Abraham Lincoln was the first so honored in 1865.
TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (August 1).