Today is the 226th day of 2014 and the 55th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, guaranteeing income for retirees and the unemployed.
In 1945, President Harry Truman announced Japan's unconditional surrender and the end to World War II.
In 2003, 50 million people in the northeastern United States and Canada lost power in one of the largest blackouts in U.S. history.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Doc Holliday (1851-1887), gambler; David Crosby (1941- ), singer-songwriter; Steve Martin (1945- ), comedian/actor/writer; Danielle Steel (1947- ), novelist; Gary Larson (1950- ), cartoonist; James Horner (1953- ), composer; Rusty Wallace (1956- ), race car driver; Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1959- ), basketball player/businessman; Halle Berry (1966- ), actress; Mila Kunis (1983- ), actress; Tim Tebow (1987- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The New York Times reported in 1945 that an estimated 2 million people flooded New York City's Times Square following the announcement of Japanese surrender in World War II.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2007, Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected from his 132nd major league game, passing the record previously set by John McGraw. Cox retired in 2010 with 158 regular season and three post-season ejections in his career.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent." -- Steve Martin, "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life"
TODAY'S NUMBER: $47 million -- price paid by pop legend Michael Jackson when he purchased the publishing rights to the majority of the Beatles' catalog (251 compositions) on this day in 1985.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Aug. 10) and last quarter moon (Aug. 17).