Saturday, Aug. 11, is the 224th day of 2012. There are 142 days left in the year.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Eric Carmen is 63. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is 62. Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 59. Actress Viola Davis is 47. Actress Anna Gunn is 44.
In 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz Island (a former military prison).
In 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.
In 1984, during a voice test for a radio address, President Ronald Reagan joked that he had ‘‘signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.’’
In 1992, the Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minn.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills.