Today is the 233rd day of 2014 and the 62nd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1858, senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held the first of their seven debates.
In 1863, pro-Confederate guerillas led by William Quantrill raided the pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas, killing more than 150 men and boys.
In 1911, an employee stole the "Mona Lisa" from the Louvre in Paris. It was recovered two years later.
In 1959, Hawaii was admitted as the 50th U.S. state.
In 1991, a coup by Communist hard-liners in the Soviet Union collapsed on the third day.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William "Count" Basie (1904-1984), musician; Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999), basketball player; Kenny Rogers (1938- ), singer-songwriter; Peter Weir (1944- ), film director; Joe Strummer (1952-2002), musician; Kim Cattrall (1956- ), actress; Carrie-Anne Moss (1967- ), actress; Sergey Brin (1973- ), Google co-founder; Kelis (1979- ), singer; Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (1981- ), entrepreneurs; Usain Bolt (1986- ), Olympic sprinter; Hayden Panettiere (1989- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Pew Research Center projects that the population of Russia will shrink considerably in the coming decades, from about 142.5 million in 2014 to 129.9 million in 2050.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1903, Tom Fetch and M.C. Krarup set a record for America's fastest transcontinental automobile trip, completing the journey from San Francisco to New York City in 61 days.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune." -- William "Count" Basie
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 million -- people who view Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" at the Louvre in Paris annually.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Aug. 17) and new moon (Aug. 25).