Today is the 248th day of 2016 and the 77th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1781, 44 Spanish settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, now known as Los Angeles.
In 1882, Thomas Edison flipped on the switch at the world's first commercial electrical distribution plant, powering downtown Manhattan in New York City.
In 1888, George Eastman patented his roll-film camera and registered the Kodak trademark.
In 1917, the U.S. expeditionary force suffered its first World War I fatalities in France.
In 1998, graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page filed paperwork to incorporate Google, their 2-year-old research project.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Richard Wright (1908-1960), author; Paul Harvey (1918-2009), radio broadcaster; Dick York (1928-1992), actor; Tom Watson (1949- ), professional golfer; Drew Pinsky (1958- ), radio/TV host; Damon Wayans (1960- ), actor/comedian; Mike Piazza (1968- ), baseball player; Wes Bentley (1978- ), actor; Beyonce Knowles (1981- ), singer-songwriter/actress; Whitney Cummings (1982- ), actress/comedian.
TODAY'S FACT: The average salary of a Google intern is $6,788 per month.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1972, American swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I love that in the '70s Cher and Diana Ross looked like superstars and never played it safe. When they were onstage, they gave you drama -- and I love drama." -- Beyonce Knowles
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2004 -- the year Kodak stopped marketing traditional, nondisposable still film cameras.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Sept. 1) and first quarter moon (Sept. 9).