DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Aug. 12 - On August 12, 1813, Austria declared war against Napoleon. An outraged England rushed to France's defense by declaring war against Austria exactly 101 years later.
On August 12, 1898, the Spanish-American war ended. Spain released Cuba and gave Puerto Rico to the United States. Americans rushed to Puerto Rico in gleeful droves, only to discover that everyone spoke Spanish and there were no luaus or volcanoes. Their disappointment was profound. They took Hawaii later that same day.
Today is the birthday of Pete Sampras (1971), George Hamilton (1939), William Goldman (1931), Jane Wyatt (1912), and Cecil B. DeMille (1881).
It's Djoulde Soumae in Cameroon.
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