Today is the 244th day of 2012 and the 73rd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1887, Thomas Alva Edison received a patent for his kinetoscope, which could produce motion pictures.
In 1954, Hurricane Carol made landfall over Long Island and Connecticut and soon became one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit New England.
In 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car accident.
In 2001, the last original episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" aired.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Maria Montessori (1870-1952), physician/educator; William Saroyan (1908-1981), playwright; Buddy Hackett (1924-2003), comedian/actor; James Coburn (1928-2002), actor; Frank Robinson (1935- ), baseball player/manager; Van Morrison (1945- ), singer/songwriter; Itzhak Perlman (1945- ), violinist; Chris Tucker (1972- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr., playing for the Seattle Mariners, became the first father-son duo to be in the same Major League Baseball lineup.
TODAY'S FACT: The only patent ever issued to a president was to Abraham Lincoln for a "Manner of Buoying Vessels" in 1849.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war." -- Maria Montessori
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,093 -- U.S. patents held by Thomas Edison.
TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (Aug. 31).