What Happened on July 12

Historical Events

  • 1679 Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined
  • 1690 Battle of Boyne: in Ireland, Protestant King William III defeats English Catholic King James II
  • 1913 150,000 Ulstermen gather and resolve to resist Irish Home Rule by force of arms; since the British Liberals have promised the Irish nationalists Home Rule, civil war appears imminent
  • 1943 WWII: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
  • 1957 US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
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Did You Know?

Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy

On July 12, 1843

Famous Weddings

  • 1472 Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester and later King of England, marries Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1543 England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife)
  • 1918 Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)
  • 1933 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)
  • 1937 Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris
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