Today is the 243rd day of 2014 and the 72nd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1888, the body of the first victim of London serial killer Jack the Ripper was found.
In 1954, Hurricane Carol made landfall over Long Island and Connecticut and soon became one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit New England.
In 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car accident in Paris.
In 2001, the last original episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" aired.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Maria Montessori (1870-1952), physician/educator; William Saroyan (1908-1981), playwright; Buddy Hackett (1924-2003), comedian/actor; James Coburn (1928-2002), actor; Frank Robinson (1935- ), baseball player/manager; Van Morrison (1945- ), singer-songwriter; Itzhak Perlman (1945- ), violinist; Tom Coughlin (1946- ), football coach; Richard Gere (1949- ), actor; Debbie Gibson (1970- ), singer-songwriter; Chris Tucker (1972- ), actor; Larry Fitzgerald (1983- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The only patent ever issued to a president was to Abraham Lincoln for a "Manner of Buoying Vessels" in 1849.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr., playing for the Seattle Mariners, became the first father-son duo to be in the same Major League Baseball lineup.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness." -- William Sayoran, "My Heart's in the Highlands"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1 -- appearance on television in which Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" did not portray himself. Rogers played the role of a preacher in a 1996 episode of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Aug. 25) and first quarter moon (Sept. 2).