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August 12th History

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August 12th In Pop Culture History

30 BC - Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, committed suicide, by means of an asp bite.

1851 - Isaac Singer was granted a patent (#8,294) for his sewing machine.

1877 - Asaph Hall discovered the Mars moon Deimos.

1883 - The last quagga, a kind of zebra, died at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 1984, the quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analyzed.

1901 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened.

1960 - Echo 1A, NASA's first successful communications satellite, was launched.

1977 - The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

1978 - #1 Hit August 12, 1978 - August 25, 1978: Commodores - Three Times a Lady

1981 - The IBM Personal Computer was released.

1985 - Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, becoming the worst single-plane air disaster.

1989 - #1 Hit August 12, 1989 - September 1, 1989: Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting

1990 - Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton found to date, was discovered by paleontologist Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.

1994 - Major League Baseball players went on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

2000 - #1 Hit August 12, 2000 - August 25, 2000: Sisq - Incomplete

Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Mark Knopfler (1949)
Cecil B. DeMille (1881)
Peter Krause (1965)
Pete Sampras (1971)
Cantinflas (1911)
Casey Affleck (1975)
Yvette Nicole Brown (1971)
Joe Besser (1907)
Michael Ian Black (1971)
Miss Cleo (1962)
Rebecca Gayheart (1971)
George Hamilton (1939)
Sir Mix-A-Lot (1963)

The average human will eat an average of 8 spiders while sleeping.

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