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8/12/2019 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - August 12

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Today in History in 1851 Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine; in 1955 President Eisenhower raised the minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour; and in 1964 Ian L. Fleming, British journalist/writer (James Bond), died at age 56.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World
  • 1851 - 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • 1851 - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine
  • 1856 - Anthony Fass patents accordion
  • 1877 - Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device
  • 1898 - Hawaii formally annexed to US
  • 1908 - Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car
  • 1927 - "Wings", the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)
  • 1935 - Babe Ruth's final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand
  • 1953 - Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • 1955 - President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1781 - Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)
  • 1856 - "Diamond Jim" Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  • 1881 - Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1959)
  • 1887 - Erwin Schrodinger, physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
  • 1910 - Jane Wyatt, Mahwah, New Jersey, American actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek), (d. 2006)
  • 1918 - Guy Gibson, British aviator, awarded Victoria Cross (d. 1944)
  • 1919 - Michael Kidd, [Milton Greenwald] choreographer (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
  • 1971 - Pete Sampras, Washington, D.C., tennis champ (14 grand slam titles)

Famous Weddings

  • 1806 - Frontiersman Davy Crockett (20) weds Polly Finley in Tennessee
  • 1940 - PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes
  • 1941 - "I Love Lucy" actress Vivian Vance (32) weds actor Philip Ober (39)
  • 1949 - Multi-Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (23) weds actor and producer Peter Shaw (31) at St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in London, England
  • 1956 - Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand
  • 1988 - Country singer John Denver (44) weds actress Cassandra Delaney
  • 2000 - "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Will Ferrell (33) weds Swedish actress Viveca Paulin (31)
  • 2006 - "Syfy" actor Sam Huntington (24) weds actress Rachel Klein in Hancock, New Hampshire
  • 2006 - Phil McGraw's son and "Renovate My Family" host Jay McGraw (27) weds former Playboy Playmates Erica Dahm (28) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2011 - Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 - Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp (41) after 18 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 30 BC - Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by inducing an asp (Egyptian cobra) to bite her
  • 1827 - William Blake, English poet/painter, dies at 69
  • 1914 - John Philip Holland, submarine designer, dies at 74
  • 1944 - Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy (b. 1915)
  • 1955 - Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80
  • 1964 - Ian L Fleming, British journalist/writer (James Bond), dies at 56
  • 1973 - Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1973 - Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 74
  • 1982 - Henry Fonda, actor (On Golden Pond), dies of heart disease at 77
  • 1989 - William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
  • 2000 - Loretta Young, American actress (b. 1913)
  • 2004 - Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2007 - Merv Griffin, American television host and game show creator (b. 1925)
  • 2009 - Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) American musician and inventor aged 94
  • 2010 - Richie Hayward, American musician (Little Feat) (b. 1946)
  • 2014 - Lauren Bacall, American actress (Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89


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