updated 8/12/2007 12:03:41 AM ET 2007-08-12T04:03:41

Today is Sunday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2007. There are 141 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 12, 1944, 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.

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.

In 1898, fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end.

In 1898, Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.

In 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.

In 1960, the first balloon satellite — the Echo I — was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral.

In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely Aug. 15.

In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating, then touching down in California’s Mojave Desert.

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

In 1985, the world’s worst single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people.

In 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk and its 118-man crew were lost during naval exercises in the Barents Sea.

Ten years ago: Steel workers approved a contract ending a 10-month strike against Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. A flash flood in Arizona’s Lower Antelope Canyon claimed the lives of 11 hikers.

Five years ago: Iraq’s information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, told the Arabic satellite television station Al-Jazeera that there was no need for U.N. weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad and branded as a “lie” allegations that Saddam Hussein still had weapons of mass destruction.

One year ago: Thousands of people gathered across from the White House, even though President Bush was out of town, to condemn U.S. and Israeli policies in the Middle East.

Today’s Birthdays: Choreographer Michael Kidd is 88. Former Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is 82. Country singer Porter Wagoner is 80. Actor George Hamilton is 68. Actress Jennifer Warren is 66. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 58. Singer Kid Creole is 57. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 53. Actor Sam J. Jones is 53. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 51. Country singer Danny Shirley is

51. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 46. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 44. Actor Peter Krause is 42. Tennis player Pete Sampras is 36. Actor Michael Ian Black is 36. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 35. Actor Casey Affleck is 32. Rock musician Bill Uechi (Save Ferris) is 32. Actress Maggie Lawson is 27. Actress Dominique Swain is 27. Actress Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 14.

Thought for Today: “Since when was genius found respectable?” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861).

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