Today is the 239th day of 2012 and the 68th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1939, announcer Red Barber called the first Major League Baseball game to be broadcast on television.
In 1957, the Soviet Union announced it had successfully developed and tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
In 1982, the Argentine government lifted its ban on political parties.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Lee de Forest (1873-1961), inventor; Albert Sabin (1906-1993), microbiologist; Ben Bradlee (1921- ), journalist; Will Shortz (1952- ), crossword editor; Branford Marsalis (1960- ), musician; Macaulay Culkin (1980- ), actor; Chris Pine (1980- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, Randy Johnson, pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks, threw his 300th strikeout of the season, a mark Johnson reached in just 29 starts.
TODAY'S FACT: Lee de Forest invented the Audion tube, which amplified weak electronic signals and made broadcast radio possible.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all." -- Ben Bradlee
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,550 -- strategic nuclear warheads the United States and Russia are permitted to have deployed according to the terms of the New START treaty signed in 2010.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Aug. 24) and full moon (Aug. 31).