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today inhistory Today is sunday, aug. 12, The 224Th day of 2018. There are 141 days lefT in The year. Today’s highlighTs in hisTory: and acknowledged that he’d had an extramarital affair with another man. on augusT 12, 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, Ten years ago: Declaring the model 5150, at a press conference in “the aggressor has been punished,” the Kremlin ordered a halt to Russia’s New York. devastating assault on Georgia — five on This daTe: in 1859, poet and English professor days of air and ground attacks that left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the words to “America the Beautiful,” was 100,000 people. Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle for his third gold born in Falmouth, Mass. medal at the Beijing Games. in 1898, fighting in the Spanishfive years ago: James “Whitey” American War came to an end. Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss In 1909, the Indianapolis Motor who became one of the nation’s mostSpeedway, home to the Indianapolis wanted fugitives, was convicted in 500, first opened. a string of 11 killings and dozens of in 1937, President Franklin D. other gangland crimes, many of them Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to the committed while he was said to be an U.S. Supreme Court. FBI informant. (Bulger is now serving a in 1944, during World War II, life sentence in federal prison.) Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of one year ago: A car plowed Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, into a crowd of people peacefully was killed with his co-pilot when their protesting a white nationalist rally in the explosives-laden Navy plane blew up Virginia college town of Charlottesville, over England. killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and in 1953, the Soviet Union conducted hurting more than a dozen others. a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb. (The 21-year-old Ohio man accused in the attack, James Alex Fields, would in 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet face a state murder charge and federal hate-crimes charges.) President Donald Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Trump condemned what he called Popovich; both men landed safely “this egregious display of hatred, Aug. 15. in 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise bigotry and violence on many sides;” passed its first solo flight test by taking Democrats and some Republicans off atop a Boeing 747, separating, then called on Trump to specifically touching down in California’s Mojave denounce white supremacy. Two Virginia state policemen were killed in (moh-HAH’-vee) Desert. a helicopter crash while monitoring the in 1985, the world’s worst Charlottesville protests. single-aircraft disaster occurred as a Today’s BirThdays: Actor crippled Japan Airlines Boeing 747 George Hamilton is 79. Actress Dana on a domestic flight crashed into a Ivey is 77. Actress Jennifer Warren is 77. mountain, killing 520 people. (Four Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler people survived.) (Dire Straits) is 69. Actor Jim Beaver in 1992, after 14 months of is 68. Singer Kid Creole is 68. Jazz negotiations, the United States, Mexico musician Pat Metheny is 64. Actor Sam and Canada announced in Washington J. Jones is 64. Actor Bruce Greenwood is that they had concluded the North 62. Country singer Danny Shirley is 62. American Free Trade Agreement. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) Avant-garde composer John Cage died is 57. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 55. Actor in New York at age 79. Peter Krause is 53. Actor Brent Sexton is in 2000, the Russian nuclear 51. International Tennis Hall of Famer submarine Kursk and its 118-man crew Pete Sampras is 47. Actor-comedian were lost during naval exercises in the Michael Ian Black is 47. Actress Yvette Barents Sea. Nicole Brown is 47. Actress Rebecca in 2004, New Jersey Gov. James E. Gayheart is 47. Actor Casey Affleck McGreevey announced his resignation is 43. Rock musician Bill Uechi is 43.