History's August 12
    2015 In London archaeologists discover a mass grave of 30 bodies from the 1665 plague
    2015 Large series of explosions in Tianjin, China leave at least 50 dead and 700 injured in an industrial accident
    2015 China cuts its currency the yuan for the 2nd day in a row to boast exports
    2015 Former US President Jimmy Carter reveals that he has cancer
    2014 Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
    2014 World Health Organization (WHO) gives its 'cautious blessing' to the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus
    2013 8 people are killed and 25 are injured in a suicide bomb attack in Balad, Iraq
    2013 30 people are killed by gunmen in northeast Nigeria
    2013 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is elected President of Mali
    2013 Whitey Bulger is found guilty on 31 of 32 counts, and is found to have been involved in 11 murders
    2012 94th PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy shoots a 275 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    2012 30th Olympic Games closes at London, United Kingdom
    2007 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
    2007 89th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club
    2005 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
    2005 An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
    2005 Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
    2005 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
    2004 New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
    2001 8th World Championships in Athletics close at Edmonton, Canada
    2000 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
    1999 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"
    1996 "Breakfast on Fox" premieres
    1995 Lara completes 6th Test Cricket century, 152 at Trent Bridge
    1994 1st NFL game on Fox network (exhibition - SF vs Denver)
    1994 Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association strike
    1994 Panic in church of Brazzaville: 142 killed
    1994 Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
    1993 Pope John Paul II begins visit of US
    1992 Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
    1991 Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan
    1991 Last day in Test Cricket for Viv Richards, Dujon & Marshall
    1990 12th annual Macy's Tap-o-mania
    1990 Cathy Gerring wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
    1990 72nd PGA Championship: Wayne Grady shoots a 282 at Shoal Creek Ala
    1990 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories
    1988 Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released
    1988 Boston Red Sox beat Tigers 9-4 for AL record 23rd consecutive win at home
    1988 Richard Thornburgh becomes US Attorney General
    1988 Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at hospital
    1987 Charles Cole climbs 870'Tyrolean Traverse from top of Elephant Rock
    1986 Iran fires missile at refinery near Baghdad; Iraq raids Iranian terminal at Sirri Island severely disrupting Iranian exports
    1986 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
    1986 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
    1985 Balt Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
    1985 Japanese Boeing 747SR crashes, 520 die (worst in-flight toll)
    1984 23rd Olympic games close at Los Angeles, Calif
    1984 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls & 19 ejections
    1984 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio inducted into Hall of Fame
    1984 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
    1983 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army
    1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
    1981 Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)
    1980 Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.
    1979 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
    1979 Iran press censors start massive book burnings
    1979 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
    1978 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
    1978 China & Japan sign peace treaty
    1978 ICE is launched
    1978 11th Commonwealth Games close in Edmonton, Canada
    1977 For 2nd straight day, Oakland's Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid
    1977 High Energy Astronomy Observatory {HEAO] 1 launched into Earth's orbit by NASA
    1977 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
    1976 1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise
    1976 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
    1974 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day
    1974 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2
    1973 55th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 277 at Canterbury Cleve
    1973 Betty Burfeindt wins LPGA Child & Family Service Golf Opens
    1973 WPBA National Championship won by Betty Morris
    1972 "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
    1972 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 1316 performances
    1972 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
    1972 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
    1971 Syrian Pres Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
    1970 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball
    1969 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
    1969 Battle of the Bogside: RUC officers, backed by loyalists, entered the nationalist Bogside in armoured cars and tried to suppress the riot by using CS gas, water cannon and eventually firearms; the almost continuous rioting lasted for two days
    1967 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season victory, beat St Louis 23-14
    1965 Elizabeth Lane becomes first female British supreme court justice
    1965 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc applies for a NL franchise
    1965 Race riot in West Side of Chicago
    1964 10th time Mantle switch-hits HR in a game, one goes 502 feet
    1964 Race riot in Elizabeth, NJ
    1964 Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR record 10th & final time in a game
    1963 Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization
    1963 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year
    1962 1st time 2 people in space
    1962 Russia launches Vostok 4, Pavel Popovich, who lands safely Aug 15
    1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
    1960 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
    1960 Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched
    1960 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m
    1960 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 41,600 m
    1959 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
    1959 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
    1956 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
    1956 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
    1955 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
    1955 WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
    1955 President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour
    1954 Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
    1953 Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
    1953 Heavy earthquake strikes the Ionian islands, 435 killed
    1953 Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb
    1952 Hussain ibn Talal proclaimed King of Jordan
    1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
    1950 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa
    1950 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis
    1949 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
    1948 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
    1948 Court of justice sentences General Friedrich Christiansen, commander of the German Wehrmacht in the Netherlands, to 12 years imprisonment
    1944 Churchill & Tito meet in Naples
    1944 Pipeline under ocean (Pluto) begins operating
    1944 Waffen SS troops massacre 560 people in Sant'Anna di Stazzema.
    1943 Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge.
    1942 German 1st tank leader captures Elista, Kalmukkensteppe
    1942 Lt General Bernard Montgomery arrives in Cairo
    1942 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Moscow, meets Stalin
    1941 French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany
    1940 Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
    1940 Netherlands starts rationing textiles
    1936 120°F (49°C), Seymour, Texas (state record)
    1936 Demo baseball game at 1936 Olympics in Berlin, world beats US, 6-5
    1936 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
    1935 49th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah Palfrey Cooke (6-2, 6-4)
    1935 Babe Ruth's final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand
    1933 Cuban dictator Machado y Morales flees after military coup
    1931 Yangtzee River floods after heavy rain crumbles dikes in China
    1928 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
    1927 "Wings", the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)
    1925 KMA-AM in Shenandoah IA begins radio transmissions
    1925 The first cast of Alpha Psi Omega, drawn from The Masquers of Fairmont College, West Virginia, is initiated.
    1923 Dutch AR-leader Coair replaces De Geer as minister of finances
    1923 Enrico Tiraboschi is 1st to swim English Channel westward
    1922 Dedication of Frederick Douglas' home in Wash DC as national shrine
    1920 Battle of Warsaw (Vistula) between Poland and Russia begins
    1918 WW I: Allies defeat Germans at the Battle of Amiens - the last great battle on the Western Front
    1916 Picasso, Max Jacob, Kisling, Ortiz & Paquerette photographed in Paris
    1915 "Of Human Bondage" by William Somerset Maugham, published
    1914 France and Great Britian declare war on Austria-Hungary
    1914 Cavalry battle at Halen, Belgium ("Battle of the Silver Helmets")
    1914 German 16.5"/12" guns fires on forts round Liege
    1914 Great Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary
    1914 Russian troops take East-Prussia & occupy Marggrabowa
    1908 Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car
    1905 King Leopold II opens Central Station Antwerp
    1903 The Japanese Minister to Russia presents a note to the Russian Government protesting against its failure to evacuate Manchuria
    1901 Boer general Kritzinger driven out of Cape colony
    1898 Hawaii formally annexed to US
    1898 Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed
    1896 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
    1888 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour
    1886 W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval
    1884 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
    1883 The last quagga (zebra subspecies) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
    1879 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
    1877 Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device
    1876 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
    1869 Self-proclaimed Emperor, Emperor Norton of the USA issues edit abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties
    1867 US President A Johnson defies Congress suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton
    1865 Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery
    1863 1st cargo of lumber leaves Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC)
    1862 Gen John Hunt Morgan & his raiders capture Gallatin, TX
    1861 Skirmish at Texas - rebels are attacked by Apache Indians
    1856 Anthony Fass patents accordion
    1851 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
    1851 Isaac Singer patents sewing machine
    1833 The town of Chicago is incorporated (population 350)
    1831 Dutch troops conquer Leuven
    1831 Netherlands & Belgium sign peace treaty
    1813 Robert Southey is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III
    1812 Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid
    1793 The Rhône départment is created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire was split into two: Rhône and Loire (Lêre).
    1759 Battle of Kunersdorf - Russian-Austrian army overpowers Prussians
    1687 Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders
    1687 Battle of Mohacs: Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed by forces of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles of Lorraine
    1676 1st war between American colonists & Indians ends in New England
    1665 English fleet beat Dutch fleet
    1658 1st American police force forms (New Amsterdam)
    1588 Commander of the English fleet Lord Howard of Effingham calls off chase of the Spanish Armada off coast of Scotland
    1588 Medemblik surrenders to Spanish army
    1553 Pope Julius III orders confiscation & burning of Jewish Talmud
    1549 French troops occupy Ambleteuse England
    1530 Florence surrenders for emperor Karel I
    1499 First engagement of the Battle of Zonchio between Venetian and Ottoman fleets.
    1492 Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World
    1480 Battle of Otranto - Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
    1336 English King Edward III ends wool export to Flanders
    1332 Battle of Dupplin Moor; Scottish dynastic battle
    1323 Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia) regulates the border for the first time.
    1164 Battle of Harim: Nur ad-Din defeats the Crusader armies of the County of Tripoli and the Principality of Antioch.
    1121 Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.
    1099 Battle at Ascalon: Godfried of Broth leading the Crusaders beats Egyptians Fatimid army
    1071 Alp Arslan beat Byzantines, emperor Romanos IV Diogenes
    3 Venus-Jupiter in conjunction-Star of Bethlehem
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