Today is Wednesday, Aug. 12, the 225th day of 2020 with 141 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include Pope Blessed Innocent XI in 1611; American painter Abbott Thayer, credited with noting camouflage in the animal world, in 1849; educator/poet Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote "America the Beautiful," in 1859; moviemaker Cecil B. DeMille in 1881; physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1887; actor/filmmaker Cantinflas, born Fortino Mario Moreno y Reyes, in 1911; Norris and Ross McWhirter, who founded the Guinness World Records, in 1925; businessman/activist George Soros in 1930 (age 90); author William Goldman in 1931; former national security adviser John Poindexter in 1936 (age 84); actor George Hamilton in 1939 (age 81); singer/songwriter Mark Knopfler in 1949 (age 71); author Ann Martin in 1955 (age 65); actor Bruce Greenwood in 1956 (age 64); rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot, born Anthony Ray, in 1963 (age 57); tennis star Pete Sampras in 1971 (age 49); actor Yvette Nicole Brown in 1971 (age 49); comedian Michael Ian Black in 1971 (age 49); Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr in 1974 (age 46); actor Casey Affleck in 1975 (age 45); actor Leah Pipes in 1988 (age 32); actor/model Cara Delevingne in 1992 (age 28); actor Imani Hakim in 1993 (age 27).
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2015, a series of powerful explosions rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing 173 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 2019, Guatemalans elected conservative Alejandro Giammattei as their next president.
A thought for the day: "The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another." -- American abolitionist Sojourner Truth