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On This Day: August 12th

This is 224th day of the year and 141 days remain in the year.

in history
1624
Cardinal Richelieu was named chief minister of France by king Louis XIII.
1851
Issac Singer patented the sewing machine.
1865
British surgeon Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use an antiseptic during surgery.
1898
A peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed.
1898
Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.
1972
The last American combat troops left Vietnam.
1985
In the world's worst single-aircraft disaster, a Japan Air Lines 747 crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing 520 of the 524 aboard.
1998
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.
2000
The Russian military submarine, Kursk, and its crew were lost in the Barents Sea.
2004
N.J. governor James McGreevey announced his resignation.
2013
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.
August 12 BirthdaysGeorge IV1762–1830, king of Great Britain and Ireland (1820–30), eldest son and successor of George III.
Christy Mathewsonbaseball player
Pete Samprastennis player
Cantinflasactor
Katharine Lee Batesauthor
Cecil B. De Millefilm director
Mary Roberts Rinehartnovelist
Jacinto Benaventedramatist
Erwin Schrödingertheoretical physicist
George Hamiltonactor, producer



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