Aug 12, 2017
August 12. In 1865, disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he suspended Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in defiance of Congress. In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording. In 1883, the last quagga died in Amsterdam. In 1898, the Spanish-American War ended. America acquired Guam. In 1939, “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. In 1950, North Korean troops massacred 75 Americans POWs in the Bloody Gulch Massacre. In 1964, Mickey Mantle set a major league record when he hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game. And South Africa was banned from the Olympics due to their racist policies. In 1966, John Lennon apologized for saying “the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.” In 1998, Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to Holocaust victims for restitution. Happy Birthday, Helena Blavatsky, Katharine Lee Bates, Zerna Addis Sharp, Walter Dean Myers. Mission: Mend.