Today is the 200th day of 2014 and the 29th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 64, the Great Fire of Rome began.
In 1848, a seminal women's rights convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York.
In 1941, Winston Churchill launched his V for Victory campaign.
In 1943, Allied forces bombed railway yards in Rome.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" policy for gay men and women serving in the U.S. military.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Samuel Colt (1814-1862), inventor; Edgar Degas (1834-1917), painter; Lizzie Borden (1860-1927), alleged murderer; Max Fleischer (1883-1972), animator; A.J. Cronin (1896-1981), writer; George McGovern (1922-2012), U.S. senator/presidential candidate; Ilie Nastase (1946- ), tennis player; Brian May (1947- ), musician; Anthony Edwards (1962- ), actor; Stuart Scott (1965- ), sportscaster; Jon Jones (1968- ), mixed martial artist.
TODAY'S FACT: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was the first person ever named an honorary American citizen.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1903, Italian cyclist Maurice-Francois Garin won the inaugural Tour de France.
TODAY'S QUOTE: " The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher standard." -- George McGovern
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1 -- state (Massachusetts) from which Democratic Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota won electoral votes in the 1972 presidential election, along with Washington, D.C.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (July 18) and new moon (July 26).