Today in History: August 12, deadliest single-aircraft crash

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Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2022. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 12, 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb. On this date: In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, with whom he had clashed over Reconstruction policies. (Johnson was acquitted by the Senate.) In 1898, fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end. In 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, first opened. In 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. In 1960, the first balloon communications satellite — the Echo 1 — was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral. In 1964, author Ian Fleming, 56, the creator of James Bond,...
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