What Happened on December 12

Significant Events

  • 627 Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine Emperor Heraclius beats Sassanid forces during Byzantine-Sassanid War
  • 1901 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1925 Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rezā Shāh Pahlavi takes over
  • 1946 UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1991 Maastricht Treaty signed to create a European Community
  • 2000 United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore
  • 2015 COP21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between 195 countries to limit the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels
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Did You Know?

Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America

On December 12, 1800

Would You Believe?

Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart

On December 12, 1957

Famous Weddings

  • 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham
  • 1991 Actor Richard Gere (42) weds supermodel Cindy Crawford (25) in Las Vegas
  • 1998 TV personality Melissa Rivers (30) weds horse breeder John Endicott at The Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • 2001 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
  • 2008 Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger (57) weds former model Dee Ocleppo in Greenwich, Connecticut

Famous Divorces

  • 2014 Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage
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