ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 180th day of 2018 and the ninth day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the Federal-Aid Highway Act, creating the interstate system.
In 1972, in Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty as it was then applied in the United States was unconstitutional "cruel and unusual punishment."
In 1974, Isabel Peron was sworn in as Argentina's president, becoming the Western Hemisphere's first female head of government.
In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir station in orbit for the first time.
In 2007, Apple Inc. released the first iPhone.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Harry Frazee (1881-1929), producer/Red Sox owner; Alan Blumlein (1903-1942), engineer; Leroy Anderson (1908-1975), composer; Slim Pickens (1919-1983), actor; Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011), baseball player; Gary Busey (1944- ), actor; Richard Lewis (1947- ), actor/comedian; Dan Dierdorf (1949- ), football player/sportscaster; Matthew Weiner (1965- ), TV writer/producer; Bret McKenzie (1976- ), comedian/musician; Kawhi Leonard (1991- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: The United States executed 23 convicts in 2017; seven were executed by the state of Texas.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2004, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson became the fourth pitcher in Major League Baseball with 4,000 career strikeouts.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "An artwork is a finished product, and it should be, but I always swore to myself that I would not hide my brushstrokes." -- Matthew Weiner
TODAY'S NUMBER: 46,876 -- miles of roads in the U.S. interstate highway system.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (June 27) and last quarter moon (July 6).