Today is the 232nd day of 2012 and the 61st day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1839, details of Louis Daguerre's pioneering photographic process were first released in Paris.
In 1934, a German plebiscite approved giving then-Chancellor Adolf Hitler the additional office of president.
In 2010, the last U.S. combat troops left Iraq.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Coco Chanel (1883-1971), fashion designer; Ogden Nash (1902-1971), writer; Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), publisher; Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), Star Trek creator; Bill Shoemaker (1931-2003), jockey; Bill Clinton (1946- ), 42nd U.S. president; John Stamos (1963- ), actor; Kyra Sedgwick (1965- ), actress; Clay Walker (1969- ), singer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1909, Louis Schwitzer won the first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but two drivers and several bystanders died in related accidents.
TODAY'S FACT: President Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III, after his biological father, who died a few months before Clinton was born. The future president legally changed his surname to Clinton (his stepfather's surname) as a teenager.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons." -- Ogden Nash
TODAY'S NUMBER: 11 -- Triple Crown horse races won by thoroughbred jockey Bill Shoemaker. He never won all three jewels in the Triple Crown in the same year.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Aug. 17) and first quarter moon (Aug. 24).