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This Day in History –¬†August 12

This Day In History1492 – Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World.

1851 – American inventor Issac Singer patents the sewing machine.

1867 – US President Andrew Johnson defies Congress suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.

1877 – Thomas Edison completes 1st model for the phonograph, a device that recorded sound onto tinfoil cylinders.

1898 – Hawaii is formally annexed to US.

1908 – Henry Ford’s company builds he first Model T car.

1922 – Dedication of Frederick Douglas’ home in Washington, D.C. as national shrine.

1930 – Clarence Birdseye is granted a patent for method for quick freezing food (patent US 1773079A)

1944 – Pipeline under ocean (Pluto) begins operating.

1953 – Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic.

1955 – US President Dwight Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour.

1960 – Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched by NASA.

1964 – 10th time Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR in a game, one goes 502 feet.

1969 – Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million.

1973 – PGA Championship, Canterbury CC: Jack Nicklaus wins 3rd of 5 PGA Championships.

1981 – IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)

1991 – Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan.

2004 – New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicity as a gay man.

2013 – Whitey Bulger is found guilty on 31 of 32 counts, and is found to have been involved in 11 murders.

2015 – Former US President Jimmy Carter reveals that he has cancer.

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