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Once Upon A Time – August 12 – 1869 – Self-Proclaimed Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton Of The USA Issues Edict Abolishing Democratic And Republican Parties

1121 Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi

1480 Battle of Otranto – Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam

1851 American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine

1908 Henry Ford’s company builds the first Model T car

1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)

Historical Events Today

Today In Film & Tv

1927 “Wings”, one of only two silent films – the other being The Artist in 2011 – to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

Today In Music

1991 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album “Metallica”; debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

More Facts…

1883 The last quagga (zebra subspecies with less slashes) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.

1869 Self-proclaimed Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton of the USA issues edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties

Famous Weddings

1806 Frontiersman Davy Crockett (20) weds Polly Finley in Tennessee

1940 PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes

1941 “I Love Lucy” actress Vivan Vance (32) weds actor Philip Ober (39)

Famous Divorces

2011 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage

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