On This Day In History, 12 August


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World Events Today

  • Hawaii became a territory of the United States today in 1898
  • One of the Great Train Robbers, Charlie Wilson, after serving just 4 months of a 30 year sentence, escaped from HMP Winson Green prison today in 1964
  • The first IBM Personal Computer, model number 5150, was released today in 1981, it cost over 1,500 US dollars

Entertainment Events Today

  • The 5th Test of the Indies in England ended today in 1991, it was the last day of Test Cricket for the Antiguan cricket legend Viv Richards
  • The 5th studio album by Metallica, titled Metallica and also known as The Black Album, was released today in 1991
  • The 30th Summer Olympic Games in London ended today in 2012

Family Events Today

  • Schwartz György, better known as the Hungarian billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, was born today in 1930 in Budapest
  • The Scottish singer-songwriter Mark Knopfler, co-founder of the rock band Dire Straits, was born today in 1949 in Glasgow
  • The English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, died today in 1964 aged 56

Main Event Today

  • Production of the first Ford Model T started today in 1908, it left the factory 6 weeks later

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Vinyl Record Day

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