Today is Wednesday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2018 with 131 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French composer Claude Debussy in 1862; 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 93); French fashion designer Marc Bohan in 1926 (age 92); retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf in 1934; writer E. Annie Proulx in 1935 (age 83); baseball Hall of Fame member Carl Yastrzemski in 1939 (age 79); baseball Hall of Fame member Paul Molitor in 1956 (age 62); actor Valerie Harper in 1939 (age 79); actor Cindy Williams in 1947 (age 71); swimming Hall of Fame member Diana Nyad in 1949 (age 69); singer/songwriter Tori Amos in 1963 (age 55); tennis Hall of Fame member Mats Wilander in 1964 (age 54); actor Ty Burrell in 1967 (age 51); celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis in 1970 (age 48); actor Richard Armitage in 1971 (age 47); actor Kristen Wiig in 1973 (age 45); singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) in 1973 (age 45); comedian James Corden in 1978 (age 40); singer Dua Lipa in 1995 (age 23).
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 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 2005, the last Jewish settlers moved peacefully out of the Gaza Strip after carrying Torah scrolls down the main street of Netzarim, last of 21 settlements to be evacuated.
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 2017, India's Supreme Court declared the "instant divorce" practice among the nation's Muslim population to be unconstitutional.
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