Today is Monday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2017 with 131 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French composer Claude Debussy in 1862; Charles Jenkins, inventor of airplane brakes and the conical drinking cup, in 1867; writer-critic Dorothy Parker in 1893; heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley in 1920; science fiction writer Ray Bradbury in 1920; actor Honor Blackman in 1925 (age 92); French fashion designer Marc Bohan in 1926 (age 91); retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf in 1934; writer E. Annie Proulx in 1935 (age 82); baseball Hall of Fame member Carl Yastrzemski in 1939 (age 78); baseball Hall of Fame member Paul Molitor in 1956 (age 61); actor Valerie Harper in 1939 (age 78); actor Cindy Williams in 1947 (age 70); swimming Hall of Fame member Diana Nyad in 1949 (age 68); singer/songwriter Tori Amos in 1963 (age 54); tennis Hall of Fame member Mats Wilander in 1964 (age 53); actor Richard Armitage in 1971 (age 46); actor Kristen Wiig in 1973 (age 44).
On this date in history:
In 1851, the U.S.-built schooner America outran a fleet of Britain's finest ships around England's Isle of Wight in an international race that became known as the America's Cup.
In 1881, American humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons founded the National Red Cross.
In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was discovered stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was recovered two years later.
In 1922, Michael Collins, a founder of the Irish Republican Army and a key figure in Ireland's independence movement, was assassinated by political opponents.
In 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Colombia, becoming the first pontiff to visit South America.
In 1986, Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of nuclear industry worker Karen Silkwood more than $1 million, ending a 10-year legal battle waged by her family over her exposure to radioactive materials at the company's Oklahoma plant.
In 2004, two masked robbers stole Edvard Munch's The Scream and another painting from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. They were found about two years later and put back on display in 2008. The Scream had been stolen once before, 10 years earlier, but was recovered within three months.
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided to make the "morning-after" contraceptive pill known as Plan B available without a prescription to people 18 and older.
In 2011, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington opened to the public. The $120 million memorial, 25 years in the making, is on a four-acre site on the National Mall.
In 2013, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and acquaintance of the football player. In 2014, Hernandez was charged with two more murders. Hernandez killed himself in prison this spring.
In 2014, the United Nations reported that the death toll in three years of Syria's civil war had surpassed 191,000.
A thought for the day: "Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt