Today is Aug. 12.
It was aviation's worst single-plane disaster. On this date in 1985, 520 people were killed when a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 slammed into Mount Ogura in central Japan. Amazingly, four passengers survived the crash.
The Spanish-American War ended on this date in 1898 with the signing of a peace protocol. As a result of its defeat of Spain, the United States acquired Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines -- and annexed Hawaii.
The 25th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., was commemorated by a three-day concert in Saugerties, N.Y., which began on this date in 1994. As it did during the original Woodstock, it rained a lot.
It was on this date in 1851 that Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine, which could be used in homes. He set up shop in Boston with $40 in capital. Business was sew-sew.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.