Today is the 242nd day of 2012 and the 71st day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1957, Democratic Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina concluded his 24-hour-long filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
In 1991, the parliament of the Soviet Union suspended all Communist Party activities indefinitely.
In 2005, Category 3 storm Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Locke (1632-1704), philosopher; Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982), actress; Charlie Parker (1920-1955), musician; Sir Richard Attenborough (1923- ), filmmaker; William Friedkin (1935- ), film director; John McCain (1936- ), U.S. senator; Elliott Gould (1938- ), actor; GG Allin (1956-1993), musician; Michael Jackson (1958-2009), singer; Roy Oswalt (1977- ), baseball player; Lea Michelle (1986- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1977, St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock stole two bases to match, then break, Ty Cobb's record for career stolen bases, which had stood at 892 bases for 49 years.
TODAY'S FACT: Strom Thurmond's 1957 civil rights filibuster is still the longest one-man filibuster in history. It lasted 24 hours, 18 minutes and opened with Thurmond reading the voting laws of all 48 states.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom." -- John Locke
TODAY'S NUMBER: 175 -- top sustained wind speed (in mph) during Hurricane Katrina.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Aug. 24) and full moon (Aug. 31).