Today is the 180th day of 2014 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; Slim Pickens (1919-1983), actor; Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011), baseball player; Gary Busey (1944- ), actor; Richard Lewis (1947- ), actor/comedian; Dan Dierdorf (1949- ), football player/sportscaster; Matthew Weiner (1965- ), TV writer/producer; Joe Johnson (1981- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: The United States ranked sixth in the world for the highest number of executions in 2013, behind China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.
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: "When you're in love, it's the most glorious two and a half days of your life." -- Richard Lewis
TODAY'S NUMBER: 47,714 -- miles of roads in the U.S. interstate highway system.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 27) and first quarter moon (July 5).