On This Day for 12th January

Historical Events

  • 1528 Gustav I of Sweden "father of the nation" crowned King of Sweden. Rules 37 years
  • 1872 Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
  • 1967 Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
  • 1970 Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian civil war.
  • 2010 Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince

Did You Know?

After using other pseudonyms over the years, Josef Dzhugashvili signs himself as Stalin ('man of steel) in a letter to the the paper, Social Democrat

On January 12th, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 1684 French King Louis XIV marries Madame Maintenon
  • 1901 Tennis champ Charlotte Cooper (30) weds solicitor Alfred Sterry
  • 1963 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas
  • 1993 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow
  • 2002 TV Host Conan O'Brien (38) weds Liza Powel (31) at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington