Today is Saturday, July 29, the 210th day of 2017 with 155 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning star Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French historian Alexis de Tocqueville in 1805; novelist Booth Tarkington in 1869; Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1883; Dag Hammarskjold, second U.N. secretary-general/Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in 1905; Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. labor secretary and U.S. senator in 1936 (age 81); TV anchorman Peter Jennings in 1938; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in 1953 (age 64); musician Geddy Lee in 1953 (age 64); musician Patti Scialfa in 1953 (age 64); TV host Tim Gunn in 1953 (age 64); country singer Martina McBride in 1966 (age 51); actor Wil Wheaton in 1972 (age 45); actor Josh Radnor in 1974 (age 43); Formula 1 champion driver Fernando Alonso in 1981 (age 36); actor Munro Chambers in 1990 (age 27); football player Dak Prescott in 1993 (age 24).
On this date in history:
In 1588, off the coast of Gravelines, France, Spain's "Invincible Armada" was defeated by an English naval force under the command of Charles Howard and Francis Drake.
In 1848, at the height of the potato famine in Ireland, an abortive nationalist revolt against English rule was crushed by government police in Tipperary.
In 1900, Italian King Umberto I was shot to death by Gaetano Bresci, an Italian-born anarchist who resided in the United States before returning to his homeland to kill the king.
In 1914, the first transcontinental telephone linkup was completed between San Francisco and New York City.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- NASA.
In 1976, David Berkowitz, the so-called "Son of Sam," fatally shot two people in the Bronx, the first in a series of shootings that would terrorize New York City for months. Berkowitz pleaded guilty to the murders and was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison.
In 1981, British Prince Charles, son of the queen, married Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997.
In 1996, China conducted an underground atomic test and then declared a moratorium on such explosions.
In 1999, a federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., fined U.S. President Bill Clinton $89,000 for lying about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
In 2004, Democrats nominated Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to oppose Republican incumbent George W. Bush in the November presidential election.
In 2005, authorities said heavy rains and flooding in Mumbai and surrounding areas killed about 1,000 people.
In 2008, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven felony counts accusing him of failing to disclose gifts from an oil services company. Stevens died in a 2010 plane crash.
In 2013, the FBI reported a nationwide roundup of 159 men charged with forcing more than 100 young girls, some only 13, to work as prostitutes.
A thought for the day: Samuel Davies, 18th-century American educator, said, "Intolerance has been the curse of every age and state."