Today is the 248th day of 2012 and the 77th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1888, George Eastman patented his roll-film camera and registered the Kodak trademark.
In 1917, the U.S. expeditionary force suffered its first World War I fatalities in France.
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson became the first winner on the "American" Idol TV series.
In 1998, graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page filed paperwork to incorporate Google, their 2-year-old research project.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Richard Wright (1908-1960), writer; Paul Harvey (1918-2009), radio broadcaster; Tom Watson (1949- ), professional golfer; Damon Wayans (1960- ), actor/comedian; Mike Piazza (1968- ), baseball player; Beyonce Knowles (1981- ), singer/actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1993, New York Yankee pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand, pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.
TODAY'S FACT: According to Billboard, the most successful "American Idol" winners are Kelly Clarkson, who won the first season in 2002, and Carrie Underwood, who won season four in 2005.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It's not the disability that defines you, it's how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with." -- Jim Abbott
TODAY'S NUMBER: $37.9 billion -- revenue Google recorded in 2011.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Aug. 31) and last quarter (Sept. 8).