Almanac: Monday, August 12, 2013
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor
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On August 12 in

1813 Austria declared war on France.

1867 President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

1898 Fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end.

1902 International Harvester Co. was formed by a merger of McCormick Harvesting Machine Co., Deering Harvester Co. and several other manufacturers.

1912 Comedy producer Mack Sennett founded the Keystone Pictures Studio in Edendale, Calif.

1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Clay County native Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1944 During World War II, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England.

1978 Pope Paul VI, who had died August 6 at age 80, was buried in St. Peter's Basilica.

1988 The controversial movie The Last Temptation of Christ, directed by Martin Scorsese, opened in nine cities despite objections by some who felt the film was sacrilegious.

In The Star

Aug. 12, 1938, in The Star: Responding to a list of needs enumerated by the Anniston Board of Education, the Anniston City Council last night approved submitting an application for Public Works Administration funds to build a sports stadium and two new school buildings. The council is seeking $155,000, of which 45 percent would be an outright grant and 55 percent would be a loan to be repaid with a bond issue. The sports stadium, for which no definite site has been ascertained, is needed because Johnston Field is too small to accommodate the needs of senior and junior high students as well as Anniston’s baseball league. Parking is already a problem for spectators at the baseball games. The new school buildings proposed would be a 10-room elementary school for white pupils in the northwestern section of the city and a 14-room elementary school for black students; the latter would replace the Seventeenth Street school, reported to be a fire hazard and not suitable for renovation. Also sought within the PWA sum is an Industrial Arts addition to Cobb Avenue High School.

Aug. 12, 1988, in The Star: As Atlanta's economic expansion moves westward and east Alabama's economy remains stagnant, many Alabamians continue to commute to Georgia. Georgia companies are offering higher wages, more benefits and greater advancement opportunities, Alabama commuters say. While some Anniston residents are making the trip to Georgia, most commuters live in Randolph, Cleburne and Cherokee counties on the Georgia border. “They're spending 3 hours on the road each day,” said Terry Butler, chairman of the Ranburne Industrial Board. “But they're drawing tremendous salaries.” According to 1988 Georgia labor department statistics, 1,043 Cleburne County and 845 Randolph County workers commute to Carroll County, Ga.

Birthdays for August 12

Actor George Hamilton is 74. Actress Dana Ivey is 72. Actress Jennifer Warren is 72. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 64. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 59. Actor Sam J. Jones is 59. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 57. Country singer Danny Shirley is 57. Actor Peter Krause is 48. International Tennis Hall of Famer Pete Sampras is 42. Actor-comedian Michael Ian Black is 42. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 42. Actor Casey Affleck is 38. Actress Maggie Lawson is 33. Actress Dominique Swain is 33. Actress Imani Hakim is 20.

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