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1992 Aug 12
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was announced in Washington, D.C. after 14 months of negotiations between the United States, Mexico and Canada. It created the world's wealthiest trading bloc.
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1992 Aug 12
Avant-garde composer John Cage (b.1912) died in New York at age 79.
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1993 Aug 12
President Clinton signed a relief package for the flooded Midwest. Clinton also lifted a ban on rehiring air traffic controllers fired for going on strike in 1981.
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1993 Aug 12
Pope John Paul II began his third U.S. visit in Denver.
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1993 Aug 12
The launch of space shuttle Discovery was scrubbed at the last second.
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1994 Aug 12
Woodstock '94 opened in Saugerties, N.Y.
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1994 Aug 12
In baseball's eighth work stoppage since 1972, players went on strike rather than allowing team owners to limit their salaries. The season was effectively cancelled and there was no World Series.
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1994 Aug 12
Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, already sworn in during a private ceremony, took a public oath at the White House.
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1995 Aug 12
In a methodical, daylong procession, Republican presidential candidates courted Ross Perot’s followers at a United We Stand America conference in Dallas.
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1996 Aug 12
Economy minister Roque Fernandez announced a new round of austerity measures that included higher fuel prices and tax boosts on everything. Cash will be raised by selling commercial airports, military installations, nuclear power plants and cracking down on tax-evasion.
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1996 Aug 12
The government gave priority status to 42 of 1,500 projects of major public works in a 4-year plan that will exceed 74 billion reals and create 1.5 million jobs.
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1996 Aug 12
It was reported that a Greek Cypriot man was killed and 41 injured in a border clash, after Greek Cypriot motorcyclists defied orders to halt a rode across the line to protest Turkey’s 1974 invasion.
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1996 Aug 12
The Republican Party opened its 36th national convention in San Diego by celebrating Bob Dole as a tested, trustworthy leader who would lower taxes and bring compassionate conservatism to the White House.
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1996 Aug 12
"Inequality by Design," due out in one month, was reviewed. It was produced as a counter to the arguments of "The Bell Curve" and holds that social policies, not IQ, are the main reasons for inequality.
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1996 Aug 12
Mark Gruenwald, the editor of Marvel Comics, died at 42. He requested that his ashes be mixed with ink and used to print a comic book. In 1997 his 12-comic series of 1985, "Squadron Supreme," was re-issued in one volume in a 4,000 copy printing according to his request.
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1996 Aug 12
Stephen Kuttner (1907-1996), Prof. of medieval church law, died. His life study involved tracing the evolution of law from Roman to modern times.
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1996 Aug 12
In Argentina economy minister Roque Fernandez announced a new round of austerity measures that included higher fuel prices and tax boosts on everything. Cash will be raised by selling commercial airports, military installations, nuclear power plants and cracking down on tax-evasion.
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1996 Aug 12
On the shores of Australia’s Cocos and North Keeling Islands thousands of thongs (flip-flops) have been washing up on the shore as discards from Indonesia.
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1996 Aug 12
Iran and Turkey agreed to connect their power networks.
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1996 Aug 12
In Somalia it was reported that 2 Ethiopian businessmen were killed in retaliation for an incursion by Ethiopia’s army.
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1996 Aug 12
In Rwanda the Tutsi-led parliament passed a law allowing for trials of some 80,000 people on charges of genocide in the deaths of 500,000 people in 1994.
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1997 Aug 12
It was reported that the last Italian peacekeeping troops left but that some Greek troops were still based near Tirana.
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1997 Aug 12
Steel workers in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania ended a 10-month strike at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. with a new contract. It was the longest strike by a major steel company.
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1997 Aug 12
Two New York City police officers were placed in desk jobs as authorities investigated the charges of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who accused police of sodomizing him after his arrest in a nightclub fight. Louima's subsequent civil suit against the city resulted in a settlement of $8.75 million on July 30, 2001, the largest police brutality settlement in NYC history. After legal fees, Louima collected approximately $5.8 million.
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1997 Aug 12
A hamburger recall issued to cover some 1.2 million pounds. The Hudson Foods Inc., of Rogers, Ark., issued the recall due to E. coli poisonings in Colorado. [see 8/21]
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1997 Aug 12
In Arizona a flash flood from a storm 15 miles away killed ten hikers in the Lower Antelope Canyon near Lake Powell. The group leader of the Trek-America outfit, that catered mostly to Europeans, was the only survivor.
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1997 Aug 12
It was reported that the World Bank joined the IMF in withholding credit from Kenya due to government corruption.
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1997 Aug 12
It was reported that Laos was promoting the development of the $1.44 billion Nam Theun Two Dam. It would alter 2 major tributaries of the Mekong River and flood an area the size of Singapore. The World Bank contributed $130 million to the project, which was expected to begin generating power in 2009. Environmentalists feared severe impact to the Nakai Plateau and some 120,000 people downstream as one river dries up and another swells.
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1997 Aug 12
From Lithuania it was reported that the country has become a favorite transit point for smugglers. Cigarettes, alcohol, home appliances, oil, amber, gas, cars and illegal narcotics were crossing the borders.
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1998 Aug 12
In Bangladesh over 100 fisherman in trawlers and boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal during a storm and were feared dead.
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1998 Aug 12
The flooding in China, the worst in 4 decades, was estimated to surpass $24 billion in costs.
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1998 Aug 12
Rwanda protested a Congo crackdown on ethnic Tutsis and charged that Kabila was arming Rwandan Hutus to put down a Tutsi-led revolt along the border.
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1998 Aug 12
A Lockheed Martin Titan 4A rocket exploded after takeoff at Cape Canaveral. The $300 million rocket carried a spy satellite for the Air Force valued at $800 to $1 billion. The explosion was blamed on a momentary loss of power.
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1998 Aug 12
Vincente Fox, governor of Guanajuato, Mexico, announced plans, during a speech in Oakland, to run for president in the year 2000 and to have every one of his state’s 4,500 communities provided with potable water, sewers, electricity, telephones and health services within a half hour for everyone.
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1998 Aug 12
In Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was indicted on charges of illegally awarding a contract to a Dubai-based company for the import of gold and silver during her rule.
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1998 Aug 12
Representatives of Swiss banks and holocaust survivors agreed to a settlement of $1.25 billion in reparations for victims of the Nazi regime.
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1998 Aug 12
In the Ukraine Prime Minister Valery Pustovitenko called 1,500 executives to a civil defense base to solve the question of their debts. A previous summons had net 70 million, but was not sufficient to cover the $3.5 billion budget deficit.
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1999 Aug 12
Ethiopia claimed to have almost eliminated 3 rebel groups based in Somalia which it said were supported by Eritrea. Most of the 1,103 killed or captured rebels were of the Oromo Liberation Front.
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1999 Aug 12
Los Angeles County prosecutors charged white supremacist Buford O. Furrow (b.1961) with murder and five counts of attempted murder, all filed as hate crimes, in the August 10 wounding of five people at a Jewish community center and the shooting death of a Filipino-American mail carrier. Federal prosecutors already had charged Furrow in the postman’s slaying. In 2001 Furrow pleaded guilty to all of the counts against him. In exchange for pleading guilty, Furrow avoided a possible death sentence, but was instead sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Furrow expressed no regrets for any of his crimes.
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1999 Aug 12
The invention of a new rechargeable battery with a 50% longer life span was announced by researchers in Israel.
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1999 Aug 12
In Belgium a McDonald's Restaurant was destroyed by fire. The Animal Liberation Front was suspected.
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1999 Aug 12
In Indonesia violence in Maluku province left 14 people dead and raised the death toll since Aug 8 to 53.
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1999 Aug 12
In Japan lawmakers gave police the power to use wiretaps against crime suspects.
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1999 Aug 12
In Kazakstan Pres. Nazarbayev ordered the investigation of MiG sales to North Korea. South Korea charged that 30 MiG-21 jets were sold this year.
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1999 Aug 12
In the Philippines a big explosion killed at least 7 people in Manila and damaged the headquarters of the National Bureau of Investigation. Police later blamed the explosion on dynamite that had been seized as evidence.
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1999 Aug 12
Pres. Milosevic reshuffled his cabinet, sacked 7 ministers and named 12 new ones. His Socialist Party dominated the 27-member cabinet.
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1999 Aug 12
In Venezuela the Constitutional Assembly assumed sweeping powers and declared a state of emergency for the courts.
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1999 Aug 12
In Porterville, Ca., a man shot and killed his wife and 3 daughters (2,7,11). An explosion resulted after the shooting when fire spread and ignited flammable liquid.
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2000 Aug 12
The Taliban closed public bathhouses in Kabul, saying that Islam forbids men to display their bodies publicly.
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2000 Aug 12
In Congo a Russian-made Antonov crashed on approach to Tshikapa and 27 people were killed.
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2000 Aug 12
Evander Holyfield won a 12-round unanimous decision over John Ruiz in Las Vegas for the vacant WBA heavyweight title.
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2000 Aug 12
Loretta Young, film actress, died at age 87. She made nearly 100 movies in over 70 years. She had a daughter, Judy Lewis, by Clark Gable in 1935. Her memoir "The Things I Had to Learn" was published in 1961. In 2000 Joan Wester Anderson authored "Forever Young."
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2000 Aug 12
British and US bombers struck southern Iraq for a 2nd day and Iraqi military reported 3 people injured.
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2000 Aug 12
A Russian nuclear submarine, the Kursk, became trapped on the floor of the Barents Sea during naval exercises. 118 sailors were trapped in the Oscar-II class submarine that was thought to have suffered a torpedo-room explosion. On August 21 Norwegian divers confirmed that all the sailors had died. The Kursk was raised in 2001.
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2001 Aug 12
In Algeria assailants attacked a convoy of farmers and slashed the throats of 17 people in Oule-d-Bouaza.
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2001 Aug 12
Some 300 family members fled about 100 farms as rampaging mobs attacked and looted more farms following a week of violence in Zimbabwe.
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2001 Aug 12
In Iran flash floods followed heavy rains and at least 181 people were killed. Kalaleh in Golestan province was the hardest hit.
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2001 Aug 12
In Israel Palestinian suicide bomber Muhammad Nasser (28) blew himself up at the Wall Street Café in Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa. 21 other people were injured. In Hebron a Palestinian girl died in a clash with Israeli troops.
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2001 Aug 12
Macedonia's interior minister Ljube Boskovski watched from a distance as police under his control rampaged through Ljuboten, killing seven ethnic Albanian men and torching and blowing up houses. In 2007 defendants Boskovski and a top police official faced a possible punishment of life imprisonment. The policemen who allegedly carried out the killings were not on trial.
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2002 Aug 12
In Chile hundreds of thousands of Santiago residents had to walk to work as a strike took virtually all the buses off the streets in this capital city of 5.5 million people.
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