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  1. #1 8-15-12: Today in History 
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    Lead Story
    The Woodstock festival opens in Bethel, New York, 1969
    American Revolution
    "Swamp Fox" routs loyalists while Gates' men fall ill, 1780
    Automotive
    Henry Ford leaves Edison to start automobile company, 1899
    Civil War
    Anderson named Department of Kentucky commander, 1861
    Cold War
    Khrushchev announces he is ready to begin arms talks, 1964
    Crime
    Wife of slain minister released from jail, 2006
    Disaster
    Hurricane Alicia pounds Texas coast, 1983
    General Interest
    Malcolm slays Macbeth, 1057
    Panama Canal open to traffic, 1914
    India and Pakistan win independence, 1947
    Berlin Wall built, 1961
    Hollywood
    Apocalypse Now released, 1979
    Literary
    Edna Ferber, author of Show Boat, is born, 1887
    Old West
    Indian captive William Wells is killed, 1812
    Presidential
    Hoover looks to combat drought and economic depression, 1930
    Sports
    Charles Comiskey born, 1859
    Vietnam War
    Heavy fighting erupts in and around the DMZ, 1968
    Woodstock begins in upstate New York, 1969
    Regional Forces victorious, 1970
    North Vietnamese capture Vietnamese marine base, 1971
    World War I
    Japan gives ultimatum to Germany, 1914
    World War II
    The Japanese emperor speaks, 1945

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    1836 - Philip Sublett nominated Sam Houston for president of the Republic of Texas.

    1855 - The first Feast of Assumption celebration was held in a small Czech community southern Fayette County. Three years later the community was named Praha. It had previously been known as Mulberry and Hottentot.

    1895 - The first U.S. battleship to be named USS Texas was commissioned. Its name was changed to USS San Marcos in 1911.

    1935 - Texas native Wiley Post and humorist Will Rogers were killed in a plane crash at Point Barrow, Alaska.

    1983 - In Galveston and Houston, TX, Hurricane Alicia killed 21 people. (August 15-21)
    personal note - we, in Wichita Falls, TX loaded up a couple of guys with a truckload of clothes, food etc and sent them packing to Corpus Christi to our fellow employees there. A few years later as an employee in CC I was involved in sending a return truck to WF following a major tornado - what goes around, comes around.

    1993 - Nolan Ryan got his 324th and final victory. The Texas Rangers beat the Indians 4-1.
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
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