August 12 in Pop Culture History

12August 12 in Pop Culture History

30 BC – Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, committed suicide, by means of an asp bite.

1851 – Isaac Singer was granted a patent (#8,294) for his sewing machine.

1877 – Asaph Hall discovered the Mars moon Deimos.

1883 – The last quagga, a kind of zebra, died at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 1984, the quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analyzed.

1901 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened.

1960 – Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, was launched.

1977 – The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

1978 – #1 Hit August 12, 1978 – August 25, 1978: CommodoresThree Times a Lady

1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was released.

1985 – Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, becoming the worst single-plane air disaster.

1989 – #1 Hit August 12, 1989 – September 1, 1989: Richard MarxRight Here Waiting

1990 – Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton found to date, was discovered by paleontologist Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.

1994 – Major League Baseball players went on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

2000 – #1 Hit August 12, 2000 – August 25, 2000: SisqoIncomplete

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