Today is the 192nd day of 2012 and the 21st day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1913, Death Valley, Calif., temperatures reached a sizzling 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 Celsius), the hottest peak temperature on U.S. record.
In 1940, Nazi forces began an air attack on southern Britain that would last 114 days and become known as the Battle of Britain.
In 1962, AT&T (in conjunction with NASA) launched the first privately owned satellite, Telstar 1.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Calvin (1509-1564), theologian/reformer; Marcel Proust (1871-1922), writer; Carl Orff (1895-1982), composer; David Brinkley (1920-2003), TV reporter; Alice Munro (1931- ), writer; Arthur Ashe (1943-1993), tennis player; Arlo Guthrie (1947- ), musician; Adrian Grenier (1976- ), actor; Jessica Simpson (1980- ), actress/singer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, the U.S. soccer team defeated China 5-4 to win the Women's World Cup in Pasadena, Calif.
TODAY'S FACT: Coca-Cola sponsored the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam and has given financial support to the Olympic Movement ever since.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity." -- Marcel Proust
TODAY'S NUMBER: Minus 80 -- lowest temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, recorded in U.S. history (Jan. 23, 1971, in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska).
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (July 10).