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 This day in History - August 12
404 Historic Events for August 12
1881

Cecil B deMille, Mass, directed God (10 Commandments, Cleopatra)

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1881

Vaclav Vackar, composer

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1883

Jan Schouten, Dutch co-founder (Daily Trouw)/chairman (ARP)

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1883

Last Quagga, zebra with less slashes (in Artis), dies

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1884

Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval

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1884

Frank Arthur Swinnerton, England, novelist (Summer Storm, Sanctuary)

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1885

Georg Curtius, German classical/linguist/philologist, dies at 65

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1885

Alexander Albrecht, composer

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1886

W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval

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1887

Erwin Schr‚ÄĚdinger, Austria, physicist (had a cat)

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1888

Marion Lorne, Phila, actress (Strangers on a Train, Girl Rush)

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1888

Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour

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1888

Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder (AVRO)

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1890

Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orch leader (NBC Comedy Hour)

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1891

James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat, dies

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1893

Howard Smith, Attleboro Mass, actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel)

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1896

Gold discovered at Klondike River at Dawson

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1896

Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg

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1897

Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer

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1897

Manuel Blancafort, composer

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1897

Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)

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1898

Oscar Homolka, Vienna Austria, actor (I Remember Mama)

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1898

Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed

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1898

Hawaii formally annexed to US

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1899

Alfred Kantorowicz, German historian (Spanish Diary)

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