Today is Sunday, Aug. 19, the 232nd day of 2012. There are 134 days left in the year.
On Aug. 19, 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.”
On this date:
In 1951, the owner of the St. Louis Browns, Bill Veeck, sent in 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel to pinch-hit in a game against Detroit. (In his only major league at-bat, Gaedel walked on four pitches and was replaced at first base by a pinch-runner.)
In 1991, Soviet hard-liners made the stunning announcement that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. (The coup attempt collapsed two days later.)
USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 78. Rock musician Ginger Baker is 73. Actress Jill St. John is 72. Former President Bill Clinton is 66. Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 64. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 60. Political consultant Mary Matalin is 59. Actor Peter Gallagher is 57. Actor Adam Arkin is 56. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 47. TV reporter Tabitha Soren is 45. Actor Matthew Perry is 43.
Thought for Today
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” — Howard H. Aiken, American computer pioneer (1900-1973).