August 12th….This Day in History
1970 – Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball
1971 – Syriam Pres Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
1972 – Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
1973 – 55th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 277 at Canterbury Cleve
1974 – Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st teammates elected to hall of fame on same day
1976 – 1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise
1977 – High Energy Astronomy Observatory 1 launched into Earth orbit
1977 – Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
1978 – China & Japan sign peace treaty
1979 – Iran press censors start massive book burnings
1979 – Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
1980 – Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.
1981 – IBM introduces PC & PC-DOS version 1.0
1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released.
1982 – Heavy Israeli bombardement of Beirut
1983 – General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army
1984 – Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio inducted into Hall of Fame
1985 – Japanese Boeing 747SR crashes, 520 die (worst in-flight toll)
1986 – Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
1987 – Charles Cole climbs 870’Tyrolean Traverse from top of Elephant Rock
1988 – Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at hospital
1988 – Richard Thornburgh becomes US Attorney General
1990 – Iraq President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories
1991 – Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan
1992 – Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
1993 – Pope John Paul II begins visit of US
1994 – Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association strike
1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
1995 – Lara completes 6th Test Cricket century, 152 at Trent Bridge
1996 – “Breakfast on Fox” premieres
2000 – The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
2004 – New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
2005 – An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
2005 – An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
2007 – Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.