Today is the 218th day of 2012 and the 47th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was installed on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
In 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan began to fire striking air-traffic controllers for violating his order to return to work.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), novelist/writer; John Huston (1906-1987), director; Neil Armstrong (1930- ), astronaut; Loni Anderson (1945- ), actress; Patrick Ewing (1962- ), basketball player; Adam Yauch (1964-2012), rapper; Carl Crawford (1981- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, Phil Niekro threw a no-hitter as Atlanta defeated San Diego, 9-0.
TODAY'S FACT: Norma Jean Baker began using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change her name until 1956.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched." -- Guy de Maupassant
TODAY'S NUMBER: 70,000 -- average daily flights in the United States, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Aug. 1) and last quarter moon (Aug. 9).