Today is the 217th day of 2012 and the 46th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1944, the Gestapo arrested diarist Anne Frank and the other inhabitants of the "Secret Annex" in Amsterdam.
In 1972, Arthur Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison for shooting Alabama Gov. George Wallace.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed the measure that established the Department of Energy.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), poet; Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), musician; Billy Bob Thornton (1955- ), director/actor; Barack Obama (1961- ), 44th U.S. president; Roger Clemens (1962- ), baseball player; Jeff Gordon (1971- ), race car driver.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2007, 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees became the youngest player ever to hit 500 career home runs.
TODAY'S FACT: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Wyoming and Alaska consume more energy per capita than any other states.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself." -- Anne Frank
TODAY'S NUMBER: 67 -- minimum number of languages into which "The Diary of Anne Frank" has been translated since its Dutch publication in 1947.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Aug. 1) and last quarter moon (Aug. 9).