Saturday, August 12, 2017
History for August 12 - On-This-Day.com
Cecil B. DeMille 1881, William Goldman 1931, Parnelli Jones 1933
George Hamilton 1939 - Actor, Sir Mix-A-Lot 1963 - Rapper, Pete Sampras 1971 - Tennis player
1865 - Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.
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.
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.
1981 - IBM unveiled its first PC.
1992 - The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been created after 14 months of negotiations.
2000 - The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sank and its 118-man crew died during naval exercises in the Barents Sea.