►Today is Monday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2011. There are 131 days left in the year.
►Today’s birthdays: Author Ray Bradbury is 91. Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 91. Retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf is 77. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 76. Author Annie Proulx is 76.
► In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
► In 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny proclaimed all of New Mexico a territory of the United States.
►In 1922, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed.
►In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. conducted its first experimental television broadcast using a 30-line mechanical system.
►In 1986, Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.
►In 1989, Black Panthers cofounder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)
► In 2006, a Russian Pulkovo Airlines jet carrying 170 people crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard.
► In 2010, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera confirmed in August that all the miners trapped underground for 17 days were still alive after a probe came back with a handwritten note saying, “All 33 of us are fine in the shelter.’’ (The miners were rescued that October.)