Today is the 229th day of 2012 and the 58th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln prohibited Union states from trading with states that had seceded.
In 1956, the Democratic Convention nominated Adlai Stevenson for president for the second time.
In 1977, Elvis Presley died at age 42.
In 2007, U.S. citizen Jose Padilla was convicted of conspiracy in a terrorism case and sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) (1888-1935), soldier/archaeologist/writer; George Meany (1894-1980), union leader; Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), poet/writer; Ann Blyth (1928- ), actress; Eydie Gorme (1928- ), singer/actress; Frank Gifford (1930- ), sportscaster/football player; Kathie Lee Gifford (1953- ), actress/TV personality; James Cameron (1954- ), film director; Angela Bassett (1958- ), actress; Madonna (1958- ), singer/actress; Steve Carell (1962- ), actor/comedian; Yu Darvish (1986- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch. Twelve hours later, Chapman became the first and only major-league player to die as a result of a pitched ball.
TODAY'S FACT: Excluding five Canadian shows in 1957, Elvis Presley never performed a concert outside of the United States.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Every man has a right to be heard; but no man has the right to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal cords." -- Adlai Stevenson
TODAY'S NUMBER: 102,800 -- height (in feet) from which Joseph Kittinger jumped during a U.S. Air Force experiment on this day in 1960. Jumping from nearly 20 miles above the Earth, he reached a speed of 614 mph during 4 minutes, 36 seconds of free fall.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Aug. 9) and new moon (Aug. 17).