Today is Thursday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2018 with 172 to follow.
The moon is new. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Roman leader Julius Caesar in 100 B.C.; American writer Henry David Thoreau in 1817; photography pioneer George Eastman in 1854; scientist George Washington Carver in 1864; Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani in 1884; composer Oscar Hammerstein II in 1895; Chilean writer Pablo Neruda in 1904; comedian Milton Berle in 1908; painter Andrew Wyeth in 1917; pianist Van Cliburn in 1934; comedian/actor Bill Cosby in 1937 (age 81); musician Christine McVie in 1943 (age 75); actor Denise Nicholas in 1944 (age 74); exercise/diet guru Richard Simmons in 1948 (age 70); movie producer Brian Grazer in 1951 (age 67); actor Cheryl Ladd in 1951 (age 67); actor Mel Harris in 1956 (age 62); actor Rolonda Watts in 1959 (age 59); Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi in 1971 (age 47); wrestler Brock Lesnar in 1977 (age 41); actor Steve Howey in 1977 (age 41); actor Michelle Rodriguez in 1978 (age 40); actor Topher Grace in 1978 (age 40); country singer Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) in 1983 (age 35); actor Phoebe Tonkin in 1989 (age 29); actor Erik Per Sullivan in 1991 (age 27); human rights activist Malala Yousafzai in 1997 (age 21).
On this date in history:
In 1862, the U.S. Congress authorized a new award, the Medal of Honor, highest military decoration for valor against an enemy.
In 1933, a U.S. industrial code was established to fix a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour.
In 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first sitting president to ride in a helicopter. He traveled in a Bell Ranger as part of a nationwide civil defense exercise. The presidential helicopter has always been called Marine One.
In 1962, the Rolling Stones gave their first public performance -- at the Marquee Club in London. Twenty years later, the band entered into a long-term, $28 million contract with CBS Records -- the richest deal in music history.
In 1979, thousands of spectators at a Chicago White Sox game rushed the field at Comiskey Park declaring disco dead. Police made 39 arrests and nine people were injured during the so-called Disco Demolition.
In 1984, Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale named U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, D-N.Y., as his running mate. She was the first woman to share a major U.S. political party's presidential ticket. Mondale lost in November to incumbent Ronald Reagan.
In 1990, Boris Yeltsin quit the Soviet Communist Party, saying he wanted to concentrate on his duties as president of the Russian republic.
In 1993, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, killing 160 people. It was the deadliest temblor to hit the country in 10 years.
In 2008, Tony Snow, who was press secretary under U.S. President George W. Bush and a Fox News Channel host, died of cancer at age 53.
In 2011, Ahmed Wali Karzai, 48, a half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a powerful figure in Kandahar, was killed at his home by a bodyguard.
In 2013, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a Kirkuk, Iraq, coffee shop, killing at least 33 people and injuring more than two-dozen others. It was the latest in a wave of random attacks that killed more than 2,000 people in the country since April.
In 2017, a huge iceberg -- 2,239 square miles with a volume twice that of Lake Erie -- separated from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf. Scientists said the loss of the iceberg will leave the ice shelf -- now 12 percent smaller -- less stable.
A thought for the day: "An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." -- Henry David Thoreau