— Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2013. There are 172 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 12, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Medal of Honor.
On this date:
Ten years ago: Wrapping up a five-day tour of Africa, President George W. Bush said he would not allow terrorists to use the continent as a base "to threaten the world." The USS Ronald Reagan, the first carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va. Jazz great Benny Carter died at age 95.
Five years ago: Former White House press secretary Tony Snow died in Washington, D.C. at age 53. Former All-Star outfielder and longtime Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer died in Oklahoma City at age 62. Angelina Jolie gave birth at a hospital on the French Riviera to twins Knox and Vivienne, making a family of eight with Brad Pitt.
One year ago: Vice President Joe Biden rallied support for President Barack Obama at the NAACP's convention in Houston, declaring that Republican challenger Mitt Romney's election-year agenda would hurt — not help — working families in the black community. A scathing report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh said the late Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials had buried child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade earlier to avoid bad publicity.
Today's Birthdays: Movie director Monte Hellman is 84. Comedian Bill Cosby is 76. Singer-musician Christine McVie is 70. Actress Denise Nicholas is 69. Singer-songwriter Butch Hancock is 68. Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 65. Actor Jay Thomas is 65. Singer Walter Egan is 65. Writer-producer Brian Grazer is 62. Actress Cheryl Ladd is 62. Country singer Julie Miller is 57. Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 57. Actress Mel Harris is 57. Actor Buddy Foster is 56. Rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 51. Actress Judi Evans is 49. Rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) is 48. Actress Lisa Nicole Carson is 44. Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 42. Country singer Shannon Lawson is 40. Rapper Magoo is 40. Actress Anna Friel is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tracie Spencer is 37. Actor Steve Howey is 36. Actor Topher Grace is 35. Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 35. Country singer-musician Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 30. Actor Erik Per Sullivan is 22. Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber is 18.
Thought for Today: "Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. No institution can be good which does not tend to improve the individual." — Margaret Fuller, American social reformer (1810-1850).