On this day: August 12

Published On: Jul 23 2013 12:41:45 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 12 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Cleopatra commits suicide, the quagga goes extinct, South Africa is banned from the Olympics, the IBM PC goes on sale, Henry Fonda dies, and Major League Baseball players go on strike, all on this day.

OTD August 12 - Merv Griffin
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2007: TV show host and media mogul Merv Griffin dies of prostate cancer at age 82 in Los Angeles, California. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, "The Merv Griffin Show." He also created the game shows "Jeopardy!," "Wheel of Fortune," "Click" and "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" with his own television production companies.


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