Today is the 246th day of 2016 and the 75th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1666, the Great Fire of London began as a small fire in a bakeshop, ending three days later after destroying more than 13,000 buildings.
In 1789, Congress created the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt made his "speak softly and carry a big stick" speech on American foreign policy.
In 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace stationed state troopers around Tuskegee High School to prevent integration.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Romare Bearden (1911-1988), artist/author; Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald (1948- ), basketball player; Terry Bradshaw (1948- ), sportscaster/football player; Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986), teacher/astronaut; Mark Harmon (1951- ), actor; Jimmy Connors (1952- ), tennis player; Eric Dickerson (1960- ), football player; Keanu Reeves (1964- ), actor; Lennox Lewis (1965- ), boxer; Salma Hayek (1966- ), actress; Katt Williams (1973- ), comedian.
TODAY'S FACT: The first automatic teller machine in the United States was put into service at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York, on this day in 1969.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1960, Wilma Rudolph ran the 100-meter dash in 11 seconds to claim the gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome. She was awarded the world record for her sprint, only to have it revoked because wind speeds were higher than allowed.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you enjoy the process, it's your dream. ... If you are enduring the process, just desperate for the result, it's somebody else's dream." -- Salma Hayek
TODAY'S NUMBER: 18 years -- age of amateur pilot Mathias Rust when he illegally landed a private airplane near Red Square in Moscow. His trial began on this day in 1987.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Sept. 1) and first quarter moon (Sept. 9).