UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 180th day of 2013 and the ninth day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the Federal-Aid Highway Act, creating the interstate system.
In 1972, in Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty as it was then applied in the United States was unconstitutional "cruel and unusual punishment."
In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir station in orbit for the first time.
In 2007, Apple Inc. released the first iPhone.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Harry Frazee (1881-1929), producer/Red Sox owner; Alan Blumlein (1903-1942), engineer; Leroy Anderson (1908-1975), composer; Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011), baseball player; Gary Busey (1944- ), actor; Richard Lewis (1947- ), actor/comedian; Matthew Weiner (1965- ), TV writer/producer; Joe Johnson (1981- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: The United States ranked fifth in the world for the highest number of executions in 2012, behind China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2004, Arizona Diamondback pitcher Randy Johnson became the fourth pitcher in Major League Baseball with 4,000 career strikeouts.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The creative conquest of space will serve as a wonderful substitute for war." -- James McDonnell, designer of the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft
TODAY'S NUMBER: 46,876 -- miles of roads in the U.S. interstate highway system.
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (June 29).