Today is the 249th day of 2012 and the 78th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1774, the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.
In 1957, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a defining novel of the postwar generation, was published by Viking Press.
In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts for chief justice of the United States.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jesse James (1847-1882), legendary outlaw; Arthur Nielsen (1897-1980), market researcher; Darryl Zanuck (1902-1979), film producer; John Cage (1912-1992), composer; Bob Newhart (1929- ), comedian/actor; William Devane (1939- ), actor; Raquel Welch (1940- ), actress/model, Michael Keaton (1951- ), actor; Rose McGowan (1973-), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Palestinian terrorists took hostage and eventually killed 11 Israelis, including an Olympic wrestling coach and a weightlifter.
TODAY'S FACT: Jack Kerouac typed the manuscript of "On the Road" on a 120-foot-long scroll of paper.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is unnecessary. If they disagree all the time, then both are useless." -- Darryl Zanuck
TODAY'S NUMBER: 12 -- colonies represented at the First Continental Congress in 1774. Georgia declined to send delegates.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Aug. 31) and last quarter (Sept. 8).