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On This Day: 'The Wizard of Oz' premieres

On Aug. 12, 1939, "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wis.

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The Wizard of Oz 4D cinema experience is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York on July 13, 2010. On August 12, 1939, the movie, starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wis. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI
"The Wizard of Oz" 4D cinema experience is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York on July 13, 2010. On August 12, 1939, the movie, starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wis. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 12 (UPI) -- On this date in history:

In 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine. He set up business in Boston with $40 in capital.

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In 1898, a peace protocol was signed, ending the Spanish-American War. The United States acquired Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines, and annexed Hawaii.

In 1939, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wis.

In 1966, as the Beatles were beginning their last tour, John Lennon apologized for saying they were more popular than Jesus Christ.

In 1973, Jack Nicklaus won the PGA championship for his 14th major title, surpassing Bobby Jones' record of 13. Nicklaus won 18 majors in his career.

In 1981, IBM introduced the first personal computer.

In 1984, the 23rd Olympic Games ended in Los Angeles. It had a record attendance of 5.5 million people despite a Soviet-led boycott.

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In 1985, in aviation's worst single-plane disaster, a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 slammed into a mountain in central Japan, killing 520 people. Four passengers survived.

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In 1992, President George H.W. Bush announced the completion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, creating the world's largest free trade bloc. President Bill Clinton signed the agreement into law on December 8, 1993.

In 2012, officials in Iran said the death toll from two earthquakes that struck the northwestern part of the country rose to 250, with at least 2,000 others injured.

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In 2015, a series of powerful explosions rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing 145 people and injuring hundreds more.

In 2016, swimmer Katie Ledecky became the most decorated U.S. woman athlete at a single Olympics, winning four golds and one silver.

In 2017, a car plowed through a crowd of counterprotesters at a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing Heather Heyer.

In 2018, Brooks Koepka became the fifth person to win both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year. He shot 4-under-par 66 to win the PGA Championship.

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