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August 12, 2016

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Today is Friday August 12, 2016 The 225th day of 2016-- 141 left It is a leap year Sunrise this morning 6:23 a.m. set: 8:05 p.m. 13:41 hours of daylight Moonrise: 3:35 p.m. set: 1:18 a.m. SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS TODAY; Today is Toasted Almond Bar Day, Juliene Fries Day, Kool-Aid Day, U.N. International Youth Day and Vinyl Record Day. This day in History: 1676 - "King Phillip's War" came to an end with the killing of Indian chief King Phillip. The war between the Indians and the Europeans lasted for two years. 1851 - Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine. 1865 - Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister. 1867 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. 1877 - Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording. 1879 - The first National Archery Association tournament took place in Chicago, IL. 1898 - The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The U.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Hawaii was also annexed. 1915 - "Of Human Bondage" by William Somerset Maugham was first published. 1918 - Regular airmail service began between Washington, DC, and New York City. 1937 - Red Skelton appeared on network radio for the first time on the "Rudy Vallee Show" on NBC. 1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th. 1953 - The Soviet Union secretly tested its first hydrogen bomb. 1960 - The balloon satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the first communications satellite. 1962 - The Soviet Union launched Pavel Popovich into orbit. Popovich and Andrian Nikolayev, who was launch a day before, both landed on August 15. 1964 - Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game. 1969 - The Boston Celtics were sold for $6 million. At the time it was the highest price paid for a pro basketball team. 1973 - Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title. The win broke the record that had been held by Bobby Jones for 50 years. 1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test. 1981 - IBM unveiled its first PC. 1986 - It was announced by NASA that they had selected a new rocket design for the space shuttle. The move was made in an effort at correcting the flaws that were believed to have been responsible for the Challenger disaster. 1986 - Rod Carew became the first player in the history of the California Angels franchise to have his uniform (#29) retired. 1988 - The movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" opened. 1992 - The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been created after 14 months of negotiations. 1993 - U.S. President Clinton lifted the ban on rehiring air traffic controllers that had been fired for going on strike in 1981. 1994 - Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years. 1998 - Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims. 1999 - Hang Thu Thi Ngyuen shot an arrow from a bow with her feet on "Guinness World Records: Primetime" and hit a target that was 16 feet and 5 inches away. 2000 - The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sank and its 118-man crew died during naval exercises in the Barents Sea. 2004 - The California Supreme Court voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages that had been sanctioned in San Francisco earlier in the year. 2008 - Russia halted its five-day assault on Georgia. If Today is your Birthday you share your special day with: Cecil B. DeMille 1881 Mario Moreno 1911 Jane Wyatt 1912 Michael Kidd 1919 Majorie Reynolds 1921 Joe Jones 1926 John Derek 1926 Porter Wagoner 1927 Buck Owens 1929 William Goldman 1931 Parnelli Jones 1933 Larry Ziegler 1939 George Hamilton 1939 - Actor Jennifer Warren 1941 Mark Knopfler 1949 - Musician (Dire Straits) Kid Creole 1950 - Singer Pat Metheny 1954 - Guitarist Sir Mix-A-Lot 1963 - Rapper Peter Krause 1965 - Actor ("Six Feet Under") Pete Sampras 1971 - Tennis player Yvette Nicole Brown 1971 - Actress ("Community") Michael Ian Black 1971 - Actor, comedian ("Ed") Rebecca Gayheart 1972 - Actress Casey Affleck 1975 - Actor Tags: almanac