Today is the 224th day of 2015 and the 53rd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1898, Spain agreed to peace protocols with the United States, bringing an end to the Spanish-American war.
In 1898, the United States took formal possession of the Hawaiian Islands.
In 1953, the USSR detonated the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
In 1981, IBM announced the release of its first personal computer.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), songwriter; Christy Mathewson (1880-1925), baseball player; Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), film director/producer; Cantinflas (1911-1993), actor/filmmaker; William Goldman (1931- ), author/screenwriter; George Hamilton (1939- ), actor; Ann Martin (1955- ), author; Bruce Greenwood (1956- ), actor; Peter Krause (1965- ), actor; Pete Sampras (1971- ), tennis player; Casey Affleck (1975- ), actor; Plaxico Burress (1977- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: "Sue," one of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever found, was discovered in South Dakota on this day in 1990 by paleontologist Susan Hendrikson. The skeleton is now displayed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, Major League Baseball players began a 232-day strike that resulted in the first cancellation of the World Series since 1904.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "O beautiful for heroes proved / In liberating strife, / Who more than self their country loved, / And mercy more than life! / America! America! / May God thy gold refine, / Till all success be nobleness, / And every gain divine!" -- Katharine Lee Bates, "America the Beautiful"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 64,000 -- bytes (62.5 kilobytes) of memory available in the "typical system for home and school" offered in IBM's 1981 press release announcing the personal computer. The system retailed for $3,005.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Aug. 6) and new moon (Aug. 14).