Today is the 241st day of 2012 and the 70th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1917, 10 suffragettes were arrested for picketing the White House.
In 1963, the March on Washington drew hundreds of thousands of civil rights activists to Washington, D.C.
In 1968, the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert Humphrey for president as demonstrators confronted Chicago police officers on the streets outside.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), writer; Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), writer; Bruno Bettelheim (1903-1990), psychologist; Donald O'Connor (1925-2003), actor/performer; Ben Gazzara (1930- ), actor; Lou Piniella (1943- ), baseball player/manager; Shania Twain (1965- ), singer; Jack Black (1969- ), actor; Jason Priestley (1969- ), actor; LeAnn Rimes (1982- ), singer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1977, in Pele's last competitive game, his New York Cosmos defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-1 for the National American Soccer League championship.
TODAY'S FACT: Twenty-three nations in the world require all eligible citizens to vote in elections, but the policy is actively enforced in fewer than a dozen nations.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Boredom: the desire for desires." -- Leo Tolstoy
TODAY'S NUMBER: 641 -- people arrested at the Democratic National Convention in 1968.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Aug. 24) and full moon (Aug. 31).