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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.

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