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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Died

  • William Blake (poet)
  • The Viscount Willingdon (Canadian Governor General 1926-1931)
  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (oldest child of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy; brother of President John F. Kennedy)
  • Ian Fleming (writer, creator of Agent 007 James Bond)
  • Henry Fonda (actor)
  • Loretta Young (actress)
  • Enos Country" Slaughter" (baseball player)
  • Ed Headrick (designed the frisbee)
  • Merv Griffin (entertainer)
  • Lauren Bacall (actress)

Born

  • Christy Mathewson (baseball hall-of-famer)
  • Cecil B. DeMille (director)
  • Cantinflas (aka Mario Moreno Reyes [actor])
  • George Hamilton (actor)
  • Ann M. Martin (author)
  • Bruce Greenwood (actor)
  • Peter Krause (actor)
  • Michael Ian Black (comedian & actor)
  • Pete Sampras (tennis player)
  • Matt Clement (baseball player)
  • Casey Affleck (actor)
  • Cindy Klassen (Olympic speed skater; only Canadian Olympian to win five medals in a single Olympic games)

Events

  • Philip, chief of the Wampanog tribe, was killed by a renegade Indian of his own tribe, bringing to an end the first and bloodiest war between American Indians and white settlers of New England, a war that had raged for nearly two years and was known as King Philip’s War
  • Isaac Singer received a patent for the continuous-stitch sewing machine
  • Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph
  • Marjorie Gestring, at age 13, won an Olympic gold medal for springboard diving
  • Actor William Shatner married Gloria Rand
  • The first successful communications satellite, Echo I, was launched
  • Space shuttle Enterprise completed its first free-flight test
  • The IBM PC was introduced
  • Patent issued for therapeutic horseshoe
  • Cathy Gerring won the Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic, in Vermont
  • Fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson found Tyrannosaurus rex bones near Faith, South Dakota
  • 232-day baseball strike began, causing World Series to be canceled

Weather

  • A Rhode Island hurricane prevented a major British-French sea battle
  • 1.8 inches of rain fell in San Diego, California
  • Record temperature of 120 degrees F, Seymour, Texas

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