This Day in History – August 12
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1492 – 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.Share: