Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2019 with 131 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include Pope Leo XII in 1760; 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 94); French fashion designer Marc Bohan in 1926 (age 93); retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf in 1934; writer E. Annie Proulx in 1935 (age 84); baseball Hall of Fame member Carl Yastrzemski in 1939 (age 80); actor Valerie Harper in 1939 (age 80); actor Cindy Williams in 1947 (age 72); swimming Hall of Fame member Diana Nyad in 1949 (age 70); baseball Hall of Fame member Paul Molitor in 1956 (age 63); singer/songwriter Tori Amos in 1963 (age 56); tennis Hall of Fame member Mats Wilander in 1964 (age 55); actor Ty Burrell in 1967 (age 52); celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis in 1970 (age 49); actor Richard Armitage in 1971 (age 48); actor Kristen Wiig in 1973 (age 46); singer Howie Dorough in 1973 (age 46); comedian James Corden in 1978 (age 41); actor Israel Broussard in 1994 (age 25); singer Dua Lipa in 1995 (age 24).
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 2017, India's Supreme Court declared the "instant divorce" practice among the nation's Muslim population to be unconstitutional.
In 2018, Forbes named George Clooney the world's highest paid actor for 2018 after the $700 million sale of his lucrative business venture with tequila company Casamigos.
A thought for the day: "There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting." -- Irish playwright John Millington Synge