Today is the 220th day of 2014 and the 49th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the United Nations charter, making the United States the first nation to join the organization.
In 1963, 15 thieves stole close to 2.6 million pounds from a mail train in Britain's "Great Train Robbery."
In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced on national television that he would resign the presidency at noon the following day.
In 1990, Iraq announced its "unification" with Kuwait, days after its military forces invaded and took over the country.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Marjorie Rawlings (1896-1953), novelist/Pulitzer winner; Benny Carter (1907-2003), jazz musician; Esther Williams (1921-2013), actress; Mel Tillis (1932- ), singer-songwriter; Dustin Hoffman (1937- ), actor; Keith Carradine (1949- ), actor; Deborah Norville (1958- ), journalist; The Edge (1961- ), guitarist; Roger Federer (1981- ), tennis player; Meagan Good (1981- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: The United Nations has 193 member states. Only three countries in the world (Kosovo, Taiwan and Vatican City/The Holy See) are not members.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1988, the Chicago Cubs hosted the first-ever night game under the newly installed lights at Wrigley Field. Rain caused the game to be called in the fourth inning with the Cubs leading the Mets 3-1.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to." -- Marjorie Rawlings
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2,121 -- height (in feet) of the Warsaw radio mast in Poland, which held the title of the world's tallest structure until it collapsed on this day in 1991.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Aug. 3) and full moon (Aug. 10).