12 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • George IV, 1762
  • Diamond Jim Brady, 1856
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1876
  • Christy Mathewson, 1880
  • Radclyffe Hall, 1880
  • Cecil B. DeMille, 1881
  • Cantinflas (Mario Moreno Reyes), 1911
  • Michael Kidd, 1919
  • Ross and Norris McWhirter, 1925
  • John Derek, 1926
  • Buck Owens, 1929
  • George Soros, 1930
  • William Goldman, 1931
  • John Poindexter, 1936
  • George Hamilton, 1939
  • Mark Knopfler, 1949
  • Pete Sampras, 1971

Died On This Day:

  • King Philip VI France, 1350
  • Pope Sixtus IV, 1484
  • King Philip of the Wampanoags, 1676
  • Pope Innocent XI, 1689
  • William Blake, 1827
  • George Stephenson, 1848
  • James Russell Lowell, 1891
  • Wilhelm Steinitz, 1900
  • Rev. William Booth, 1912
  • Thomas Mann, 1929
  • Ian Fleming, 1964
  • Henry Fonda, 1982
  • B. Kliban, 1990
  • John Cage, 1992
  • Merce Cunningham, 1992
  • Loretta Young, 2000
  • Merv Griffin, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 3 BC - One hour 20 minutes before sunrise Jupiter rises in conjunction with Venus causing blazing light in sky; was it later interpreted as the Star of Bethlehem?
  • 1676 - Indian War in New England, King Philip's War, ends; five Indian tribes virtually destroyed.
  • 1759 - Austrian & Russian armies beat Frederick II Prussia, occupy Berlin in Battle of Kunersdorf.
  • 1851 - Isaac Merritt Singer of New York patents his version of the sewing machine - first to succeed.
  • 1853 - Florence Nightingale,33, begins nursing career as unsalaried superintendent at 1 Upper Harley St.
  • 1877 - Thomas Alva Edison makes first drawing of machine which in 15 weeks would be a tinfoil phonograph.
  • 1883 - Extinction of the Quagga; last Zebra-like mammal dies at Amsterdam Zoo.
  • 1888 - Mrs. Bertha Benz takes world's first long distance car trip driving sons 100 miles from Mannhein.
  • 1898 - U.S. formally annexes Hawaii.
  • 1898 - End of the Spanish-American War with the signing of a peace protocol; US gets Puerto Rico, Guam.
  • 1908 - First Model T Ford produced. Goes on sale October first.
  • 1912 - First foreign film, 'Queen Elizabeth' from France starring Sarah Bernhardt, opens in NY.
  • 1914 - First shot fired in WWI by British soldier; France, Britain declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1918 - America's first regular airmail service begins between New York City and Washington DC.
  • 1949 - Fourth Geneva Convention protecting civilian victims in the hands of an enemy is ratified.
  • 1955 - U.S. minimum wage raised to $1.00 per hour.
  • 1960 - First passive communications satellite, Echo I, launched by NASA.
  • 1961 - 2500 people cross from East to West Berlin; Erich Honecker decides to seal East Berlin borders.
  • 1980 - First giant panda born in captivity in a Mexican zoo.
  • 1981 - IBM introduces its personal computer costing $1,565 and boasting 40K Ram and 256K hard drive
  • 1985 - 520 dead, 4 live as Japan Air Lines jumbo jet crashes into mountain northwest of Tokyo.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Clare of Assisi

Holiday:

  • Ponce de Leon Day in Puerto Rico

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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