Today is the 259th day of 2012 and the 88th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws were enacted in Germany, depriving Jews of their citizenship and imposing the swastika as a national symbol.
In 1963, a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young girls.
In 2001, President George W. Bush named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks and pledged a sustained fight against terrorism.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), novelist/historian; William Howard Taft (1857-1930), 27th U.S. president/chief justice of the United States; Agatha Christie (1890-1976), writer; Roy Acuff (1903-1992), musician; Merlin Olsen (1940-2010), football player/actor; Tommy Lee Jones (1946- ), actor; Oliver Stone (1946- ), filmmaker; Dan Marino (1961- ), football player; Tom Hardy (1977- ), actor; Prince Harry (1984- ), British royal.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2004, National Hockey League owners agreed to lock out players over contract disputes. The entire season was eventually canceled.
TODAY'S FACT: William Howard Taft is still the record-holder for heaviest man to hold the U.S. presidency. He weighed 332 pounds in 1911.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master." -- James Fenimore Cooper
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- romance novels written by mystery novelist Agatha Christie under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.
TODAY'S MOON: New moon (Sept. 15).