ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 243rd day of 2019 and the 72nd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1888, the body of the first victim of London serial killer Jack the Ripper was found.
In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act.
In 1954, Hurricane Carol made landfall over Long Island and Connecticut and soon became one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit New England.
In 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car accident in Paris.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Maria Montessori (1870-1952), physician/educator; William Saroyan (1908-1981), playwright; Buddy Hackett (1924-2003), comedian/actor; James Coburn (1928-2002), actor; Frank Robinson (1935- ), baseball player/manager; Van Morrison (1945- ), singer-songwriter; Itzhak Perlman (1945- ), violinist; Tom Coughlin (1946- ), football executive; Richard Gere (1949- ), actor; Debbie Gibson (1970- ), singer-songwriter; Chris Tucker (1971- ), actor; Larry Fitzgerald (1983- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The last original episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" aired on this day in 2001.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr., playing for the Seattle Mariners, became the first father-son duo to be in the same Major League Baseball lineup.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Everything and everybody is sooner or later identified, defined, and put in perspective. The truth as always is simultaneously better and worse than what the popular myth-making has it." -- William Saroyan, "Memories of the Depression"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- weeks atop the 1951 Billboard charts for Rosemary Clooney's recording of "Come on-a My House," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyen and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian, creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Aug. 30) and first quarter moon (Sept. 5).