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A Blast from the Past

By United Press International   |   Aug. 12, 2002 at 3:04 AM   |   Comments

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.


And in 1973, Jack Nicklaus broke Bobby Jones' record when he won the Professional Golfers' Association championship for his 14th major title.


We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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