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This Day in History for August 12

1856 – Anthony Fass patents accordion.

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

1898 – Hawaii is formally annexed to US.

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

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

1930 – Clarence Birdseye is granted a patent for method for quick freezing food.

1942 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Moscow for a conference with Joseph Stalin and US representative W. Averrell Harriman.

1944 – Pipeline under ocean (Pluto) begins operating.

1948 – Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game.

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 Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour.

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

1964 – Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR record 10th & final time in a game.

1970 – Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball.

1972 – Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam.

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

1991 – Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan.

1994 – 1st NFL game on Fox network (exhibition – SF vs Denver)

2004 – New Jersey Governor James McGreevey comes out publicly as gay.

2014 – Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1,000.

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

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