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It’s Aug. 12, the 224th day of the year; 141 days remain in 2018. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 78 at the Chicago shore, 73 at the Chicago crib and 74 at the Wilmette buoy.

Today:

Muse of Fire’s “Richard III”, Ingraham Park, 3 p.m. Free.

“Crowns” at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.  3 p.m. Tickets at the door, perhaps.

Tonight:

Shakespeare on the Ridge: Arc Theatre presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Ridgeville Park District.” 7 p.m. Free. (Great review by Shawn Jones in the arts section here).

Watch for the Perseid meteor shower, one of the best sky shows of the year.

Tomorrow:

City Council will vote on placing a referendum question dealing with an increase in real estate transfer taxes on the November ballot.

In History

 1851: American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine

1856: Anthony Fass patents accordion

1908: Henry Ford‘s company builds the first Model T car

1981: IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)