TODAY IN HISTORY - 8/12:

1492 - Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World
1898 - Hawaii formally annexed to US
1908 - Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1929 - Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
1939 - George Hamilton, Memphis Tn, (Love at 1st Bite, Where the Boys Are)
2000 - "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Will Ferrell (33) weds Swedish actress Viveca Paulin (31)

GOODBYE TO:

30 BC - Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by inducing an asp (Egyptian cobra) to bite her
2009 - Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) American musician and inventor aged 94

For more historical events that happened this date, visit:  http://www.historyorb.com/day/august/12

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