Today is Sunday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2018 with 141 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include American painter Abbott Thayer, credited with noting camouflage in the animal world, in 1849; educator/poet Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote "America the Beautiful," in 1859; moviemaker Cecil B. DeMille in 1881; Norris and Ross McWhirter, who founded the Guinness World Records, in 1925; billionaire/activist George Soros in 1930 (age 88); author William Goldman in 1931 (age 87); former national security adviser John Poindexter in 1936 (age 82); actor George Hamilton in 1939 (age 79); singer/songwriter Mark Knopfler in 1949 (age 69); former French President Francois Hollande in 1954 (age 64); author Ann Martin (The Babysitter's Club series) in 1955 (age 63); actor Bruce Greenwood in 1956 (age 62); rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot, born Anthony Ray, in 1963 (age 55); tennis star Pete Sampras in 1971 (age 47); actor Yvette Nicole Brown in 1971 (age 47); comedian Michael Ian Black in 1971 (age 47); Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr in 1974 (age 45); actor Casey Affleck in 1975 (age 43); actor Leah Pipes in 1988 (age 30); actor/model Cara Delevingne in 1992 (age 26); actor Imani Hakim in 1993 (age 25).
On this date in history:
In 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine. He set up business in Boston with $40 in capital.
In 1898, a peace protocol was signed, ending the Spanish-American War. The United States acquired Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines, and annexed Hawaii.
In 1939, The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland had its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wis.
In 1966, as the Beatles were beginning their last tour, John Lennon apologized for saying they were more popular than Jesus Christ.
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In 1973, Jack Nicklaus won the PGA championship for his 14th major title, surpassing Bobby Jones' record of 13. Nicklaus won 18 majors in his career.
In 1981, IBM introduced the first personal computer.
In 1984, the 23rd Olympic Games ended in Los Angeles. It had a record attendance of 5.5 million people despite a Soviet-led boycott.
In 1985, in aviation's worst single-plane disaster, a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 slammed into a mountain in central Japan, killing 520 people. Four passengers survived.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush announced the completion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, creating the world's largest free trade bloc. President Bill Clinton signed the agreement into law on December 8, 1993.
In 2004, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey announced his resignation after revealing a homosexual affair.
In 2012, officials in Iran said the death toll from two earthquakes that struck the northwestern part of the country rose to 250, with at least 2,000 others injured.
In 2014, actress Lauren Bacall died at her home in New York City a month before her 90th birthday.
In 2015, a series of powerful explosions rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing 145 people and injuring hundreds more.
In 2016, swimmer Katie Ledecky became the most decorated U.S. woman athlete at a single Olympics, winning four golds and one silver.
In 2017, a car plowed through a crowd of counterprotesters at a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing Heather Heyer
A thought for the day: Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, during the 1968 Democratic Party national convention, said: "The police aren't here to create disorder, the police are here to preserve disorder."
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