Today is the 207th day of 2014 and the 36th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established a postal system.
In 1788, New York ratified the Constitution and became the 11th U.S. state.
In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act, uniting the Army, Navy and Air Force under the Department of Defense and creating the National Security Council, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Central Intelligence Agency.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), playwright/critic; Carl Jung (1875-1961), psychiatrist; Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), author; Blake Edwards (1922-2010), film director; Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), film director; Mick Jagger (1943- ), singer-songwriter; Helen Mirren (1945- ), actress; Nicholas Evans (1950- ), author; Dorothy Hamill (1956- ), figure skater; Kevin Spacey (1959- ), actor; Sandra Bullock (1964- ), actress; Jeremy Piven (1965- ), actor; Kate Beckinsale (1973- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" has the longest title of any film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1992, Nolan Ryan struck out his 100th batter of the season, setting a major league record of 23 consecutive seasons with at least 100 strikeouts.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it." -- George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 9 -- Joint Chiefs of Staff chairmen (out of 18) who have been Army officers. Only one (Peter Pace, 2005-2007) was a Marine Corps officer.
TODAY'S MOON: New moon (July 26).