Friday, August 12, 2011

August 12

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1 30 BC Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite. The Usaisamonster Poison Snake Tasheyana Compost
2 1851 Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine. Swingset Sew? More Kids, More Fun
3 1883 The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam. The Magnetic Fields Zebra 69 Love Songs, Vol. 3
4 1898 The Hawaiian flag is lowered from Iolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawai`i to the United States. Yoshinori Sunahara 2300 Hawaii Take Off and Landing
5 1952 The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow. Joan Baez Epitaph for a Poet Baptism
6 1953 Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon. New Order Who's Joe Waiting for the Sirens' Call
7 1981 The IBM Personal Computer is released. Kraftwerk Home Computer Computer World

(Historical facts about August 12 are from Wikipedia.)

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