ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 195th day of 2018 and the 24th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille in Paris.
In 1881, infamous outlaw Billy the Kid was shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett near Fort Sumner in New Mexico.
In 1965, NASA's Mariner 4 began its flyby of Mars, taking the first close-up photos of the planet.
In 2015, NASA's New Horizons probe became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto.
In 2016, a truck was driven into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing 86 people.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), painter; Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), singer-songwriter/musician; Gerald Ford (1913-2006), 38th U.S. president; Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), screenwriter/director; Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017), actor; Jane Lynch (1960- ), actress; Matthew Fox (1966- ), actor; Brian Selznick (1966- ), writer/illustrator; Darrelle Revis (1985- ), football player; Conor McGregor (1988- ), mixed martial artist.
TODAY'S FACT: NASA's New Horizons probe is currently more than 3.5 billion miles from Earth, traveling at 32,000 mph on its way to its next fly-by target, Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which it will fly past on Jan. 1, 2019.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 79-61 to win the first WNBA All-Star Game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The note of hope is the only note that can help us or save us from falling to the bottom of the heap of evolution, because, largely, about all a human being is, anyway, is just a hoping machine." -- Woody Guthrie
TODAY'S NUMBER: $192.7 million -- total price fetched for four paintings by Gustav Klimt at a Christie's auction in 2006.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (July 12) and first quarter moon (July 19).