8/12/2019 12:01:00 AM Today In History - August 12
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
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:
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
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)
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