Today is the 183rd day of 2014 and the 12th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1777, Vermont became the first American territory to abolish slavery.
In 1839, 53 African slaves took over the slave ship Amistad.
In 1881, lawyer Charles Guiteau shot President James Garfield, who died from his wounds ten weeks later.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing major forms of discrimination.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), author; Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), Supreme Court justice; Pierre Cardin (1922- ), fashion designer; Medgar Evers (1925-1963), civil rights activist; Dave Thomas (1932-2002), Wendy's fast-food chain founder; Richard Petty (1937- ), NASCAR driver; Larry David (1947- ), writer/actor; Jose Canseco (1964- ), baseball player; Johnny Weir (1984- ), figure skater; Lindsay Lohan (1986- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: The first zeppelin airship, which made its debut flight over Lake Constance, Germany, on this day in 1900, was 420 feet long and powered by a 16-horsepower engine.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2002, Steve Fossett completed the first nonstop solo hot air balloon flight around the world.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish." -- Hermann Hesse
TODAY'S NUMBER: 11,003 -- Wal-Mart stores (including Walmart U.S., Sam's Club and Walmart International) worldwide, as of May 2014. The first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas, on this day in 1962.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 27) and first quarter moon (July 5).