Today is the 184th day of 2014 and the 13th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army.
In 1844, the last two confirmed great auk specimens were killed on the island of Eldey, off the coast of Iceland.
In 1863, an assault by Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces failed and the Battle of Gettysburg ended in a Union victory.
In 1890, Idaho was admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.
In 1998, Bill Clinton completed the first presidential visit to China since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George M. Cohan (1878-1942), songwriter/entertainer; Franz Kafka (1883-1924), author; Dave Barry (1947- ), author/journalist; Montel Williams (1956- ), TV personality; Tom Cruise (1962- ), actor; Brian Cashman (1967- ), baseball executive; Teemu Selanne (1970- ), hockey player; Patrick Wilson (1973- ), actor; Olivia Munn (1980- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and The Doors frontman Jim Morrison died on this day in 1969 and 1971, respectively.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1974, Mike Marshall of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched in relief of starter Tommy John, setting a major league record for consecutive games pitched in, at 13.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self." -- Franz Kafka
TODAY'S NUMBER: 20 -- films starring Tom Cruise that have grossed more than $200 million worldwide, including his 2014 film, "Edge of Tomorrow."
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 27) and first quarter moon (July 5).