Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 12, 1985, a crippled Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people in the world's worst single-aircraft accident.
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On this date in:
1851Isaac Singer was granted a patent on his sewing machine.
1880Baseball Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson was born in Factoryville, Pa.
1898The peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed.
1898Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.
1944Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed when an explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England during World War II.
1953The Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.
1960The first balloon satellite, Echo 1, was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
1966John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago for saying "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."
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1977The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating and then touching down in California's Mojave Desert.
Audio LinkAstronaut Gordon Fullerton, pilot of the Enterprise
1981IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150.
1998Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to Holocaust survivors to settle claims for their assets.
2000The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk and its 118-man crew were lost during naval exercises in the Barents Sea.
2004New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey announced his resignation and proclaimed himself "a gay American."
2004The California Supreme Court voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco earlier in the year.
2008Russia halted its devastating five-day assault on Georgia that left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Rebecca Gayheart turns 43 years old today.
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Dale BumpersFormer U.S. senator, D-Ark.90
George HamiltonActor76
Dana IveyActress74
Mark KnopflerRock singer, musician (Dire Straits)66
Kid CreoleSinger65
Pat MethenyJazz guitarist61
Bruce GreenwoodActor59
Sir Mix-A-LotRapper52
Peter KrauseActor ("Six Feet Under")50
Michael Ian BlackActor, comedian ("Ed")44
Yvette Nicole BrownActress ("Community")44
Pete SamprasTennis player44
Maggie LawsonActress35
Dominique SwainActress35
Actor Casey Affleck turns 40 years old today.
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