Today is the 250th day of 2012 and the 79th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1522, Ferdinand Magellan's ship, Victoria, completed the first circumnavigation of the globe, though Magellan himself died en route.
In 1901, President William McKinley was shot and wounded by Leon Czolgosz. He died eight days later.
In 1997, funeral services were held for Diana, Princess of Wales.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jane Addams (1860-1935), social worker; Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969), businessman/ambassador; Roger Waters (1943- ), rock musician; Jane Curtin (1947- ), actress/comedian; Jeff Foxworthy (1958- ), comedian/TV personality; Rosie Perez (1964- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. played his 2,131st game, breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games record.
TODAY'S FACT: More than 2.5 billion people worldwide were estimated to have watched at least part of Princess Diana's funeral services on television in 1997.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance." -- Jane Addams
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2,632 -- consecutive games Cal Ripken Jr. ultimately played before taking a game day off on Sept. 20, 1998.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Aug. 31) and last quarter (Sept. 8).