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August 12 Birthdays

George IV
1762–1830, king of Great Britain and Ireland (1820–30), eldest son and successor of George III.

Katharine Lee Bates
author (1859)

Jacinto Benavente
dramatist (1866)

Mary Roberts Rinehart
novelist (1876)

Christy Mathewson
baseball player (1880)

Cecil B. De Mille
film director (1881)

Erwin Schrödinger
theoretical physicist (1887)

actor (1911)

George Hamilton
actor, producer (1939)

Pete Sampras
tennis player (1971)

August 12 in History


Cardinal Richelieu was named chief minister of France by king Louis XIII.


Issac Singer patented the sewing machine.


British surgeon Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use an antiseptic during surgery.


Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.


A peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed.


The last American combat troops left Vietnam.


In the world's worst single-aircraft disaster, a Japan Air Lines 747 crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing 520 of the 524 aboard.


Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle lawsuits brought by Holocaust survivors and their heirs. The banks had kept millions of dollars deposited by Holocaust victims before and during World War II.


The Russian military submarine, Kursk, and its crew were lost in the Barents Sea.


N.J. governor James McGreevey announced his resignation.


Notorious Boston gangster James (Whitey) Bulger was found guilty of 31 of the 32 charges he faced, including murder, extortion, money laundering, drug dealing and possession of weapons.

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