TODAY IN HIS­TORY

New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - KICKOFF -

TODAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

August 12, 1981

IBM in­tro­duced its first per­sonal com­puter, the model 5150, at a press con­fer­ence in New York.

ON THIS DATE

1909

The In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way, home to the In­di­anapo­lis 500, first opened.

1953

The So­viet Union con­ducted a se­cret test of its first hy­dro­gen bomb.

1992

Af­ter 14 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions, the United States, Mex­ico and Canada an­nounced in Wash­ing­ton that they had con­cluded the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment. Avant-garde com­poser John Cage died in New York at age 79.

2000

The Rus­sian nu­clear sub­ma­rine Kursk and its 118-man crew were lost dur­ing naval ex­er­cises in the Bar­ents Sea.

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