August 12, 1851 (169 years ago)
•Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.

August 12, 1908 (112 years ago)
•Ford builds the first Model T.

August 12, 1964 (56 years ago)
•South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country's racist policies.

August 12, 1977 (43 years ago)
•The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

August 12, 1981 (39 years ago)
•The IBM Personal Computer is released.

August 12, 1981 (39 years ago)
•The IBM Personal Computer is released.

August 12, 1994 (26 years ago)
•Major League Baseball players go on strike. The work stoppage forces the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

August 12, 2000 (20 years ago)
•The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.