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This Day in History for August 12

1851 – American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine.

1856 – Anthony Fass patents accordion.

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.

1908 – Henry Ford’s company builds the 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 of quick freezing food (patent US 1773079A)

1944 – Pipeline under ocean (Pluto) begins operating.

1955 – US President 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.

1972 – Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam.

1977 – Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric test flight.

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

1986 – Don Baylor gets hit by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season.

1991 – Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan.

2005 – An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.

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

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

2017 – US President Donald Trump at a press conference at Trump Tower says “there is blame on both sides” about Charlottesville violence, provoking widespread condemnation.

2018 – US man steals a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, flies for an hour chased by military jets before crashing on Ketron Island.

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