Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017 with 137 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French physicist Gabriel Lippmann, inventor of color photography, in 1845; British soldier/writer T.E. Lawrence (subject of Lawrence of Arabia) in 1888; former Israeli Prime Minister/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Menachem Begin in 1913; actor Ann Blyth in 1928 (age 89); actor Julie Newmar in 1933 (age 84); football Hall of Fame member/sports commentator Frank Gifford in 1930; TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford in 1953 (age 64); actor Lesley Ann Warren in 1946 (age 71); actor Reginald VelJohnson in 1952 (age 65); film director James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) in 1954 (age 63); actor Jeff Perry in 1955 (age 62); actor Angela Bassett in 1958 (age 59); singer Madonna, whose full name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, in 1958 (age 59); actor Laura Innes in 1957 (age 60); actor Timothy Hutton in 1960 (age 57); actor and Steve Carell in 1962 (age 55); reality star Jase Robertson in 1969 (age 48); Dixie Chicks singer Emily Robison in 1972 (age 45); singer Vanessa Carlton in 1980 (age 37); actor Cam Gigandet in 1982 (age 35); actor Arden Cho in 1985 (age 32); actor Rumor Willis in 1988 (age 29); actor Cameron Monaghan in 1993 (age 24).
On this date in history:
In 1812, British forces foiled plans for a U.S. invasion of Canada by capturing the city of Detroit.
In 1896, the North Country gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory.
In 1954, the first edition of Sports Illustrated was published.
In 1987, a Northwest Airlines jet bound for Phoenix crashed on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing 156 people. A 4-year-old girl, Celia Cichan, was the sole survivor.
In 2005, a West Caribbean Airways flight from Colombia crashed in a remote area of northwest Venezuela, killing 160 people.
In 2007, Jose Padilla, accused of plotting to explode a "dirty" bomb in the United States, was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to commit terror and giving material support to al-Qaida. Padilla was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison.
In 2008, American swimmer Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal in a single Olympics in the Summer Games at Beijing.
In 2009, John Yettaw, a Missouri man convicted in Myanmar of illegally visiting political opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, serving a lengthy house-arrest sentence, was allowed to leave the country.
In 2010, off-road derby supporters and opponents criticized a lack of safety precautions after a crash during a 200-mile nighttime race in California's Mojave Desert killed eight spectators in a crowd ringing the raceway.
In 2012, the Ecuadorean government said it was granting political asylum in its London Embassy to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual assault investigation.
In 2013, the MV Thomas Aquinas ferry carrying nearly 700 people collided with a cargo ship and sank off the Philippines. Authorities later said the accident killed about 60 people and many others were reported missing.
A thought for the day: "Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies." -- Robert F. Kennedy