August 12


1851 – Isaac Singer was issued a patent for his double-headed sewing machine.

1865 – Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.

1867 – President Andrew Johnson defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin. M. Stanton. This action sparked a move to impeach Johnson.

1877 – Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.

1898 – The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The U.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Hawaii was also annexed.

1918 – Regular airmail service began between Washington, DC, and New York, NY.

1927 – Pilot Charles Lindbergh started his 26 city tour in Grand Rapids, MI. 100,000 people cheer him in a parade. His mother joined him here and he took her for a plane ride in “The Spirit of St. Louis”.

1939 – “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.

1960 – The balloon satellite Echo 1A was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was NASA’s first successful communications satellite.

1964 – Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game.

1966 – John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago, IL, for his remark that “the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.”

1977 – The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was released.

1986 – NASA announces that they had selected a new rocket design for the Space Shuttle. The move was made to correct flaws that were believed to have been responsible for the Challenger disaster.

1988 – The movie “The Last Temptation of Christ” opened in theaters.

1990 – Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton found to date, was discovered by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.

1992 – The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been created after 14 months of negotiations.

1994 – Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. The strike forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series for the first time in 90 years.

2003 – A computer virus called the Blaster worm infected a half-million computers. Minnesota teenager Jeffrey Lee Parson was later arrested for setting off the virus.



William Goldman 1931 – Screenwriter (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “All the President’s Men”)

Parnelli Jones 1933 – Race car driver

George Hamilton 1939 – Actor (“Where the Boys Are”, “Love at First Bite”)

Larry Ziegler 1939 – Golfer

Mark Knopfler 1949 – Musician (Dire Straits)

Sam J. Jones 1954 – Actor (“Flash Gordon”)

Pat Metheny 1954 – Guitarist

Bruce Greenwood 1956 – Actor (“Thirteen Days”, “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”, played Captain Christopher Pike “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness”)

Roy Hay 1961 – Musician (Culture Club)

Dawnn Lewis 1961 – Actress (TV’s “A Different World”, “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”)

Sir Mix-A-Lot 1963 – Rapper

Peter Krause 1965 – Actor (TV’s “Parenthood”, “Six Feet Under”, “Sports Night”)

Michael Ian Black 1971 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Ed”, “Stella”, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”, “Michael & Michael Have Issues”, “Another Period”)

Yvette Nicole Brown 1971 – Actress (TV’s “Community”)

Rebecca Gayheart 1971 – Actress (“Jawbreaker”, “Urban Legend”, “Scream 2”, TV’s “Dead Like Me”, “Wasteland”)

Pete Sampras 1971 – Tennis player

Casey Affleck 1975 – Actor (“The Assassination of Jesse James”, “Good Will Hunting”, “Gone Baby Gone”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Ocean’s Twelve”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”)

Maggie Lawson 1980 – Actress (TV’s “Psych”)

Dominique Swain 1980 – Actress (“Lolita”, “Face/Off”)

Cara Delevingne 1992 – Actress (“Paper Towns”, “Suicide Squad”)



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