11 things that happened on this day in history - 12th August

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1865 - Disinfectant is used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister

2. 1964 - Great Train robber Charlie Wilson, part of the gang who pulled off the 1963 Great Train Robbery, escapes from prison

3. 1964 - The author of James Bond, Ian Fleming, dies

4. 1964 - South Africa is barred from the Olympic Games in Tokyo over its refusal to condemn apartheid

5. 1971 - Tennis legend Pete Sampras is born

6. 1972 - The last American combat troops left Vietnam

7. 1981- IBM introduces its first Personal Computer

8. 1990 - The skeleton of the largest ever Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered

9. 1998 - Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims

10. 2005 - Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home

11. 2010 - Director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, announces plans to release remaining Afghan WarDiary documents

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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