Today is the 253rd day of 2018 and the 82nd day of summer. TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1846, Elias Howe patented the first sewing machine. In 1977, France used a guillotine in carrying out a death sentence for the last time. In 2002, Switzerland became a member of the United Nations. In 2008, the Large Hadron Collider was powered up for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.