Historical Events on 12th April
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467 - Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1065 - Pilgrims under bishop Gunther of Bamberg reach Jerusalem
1111 - Pope Paschalis II crowns Henry V, Roman emperor
1204 - 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople
1229 - Queen Blanche of Castile & earl Raymond VII van Toulouse sign peace
1545 - French King Francois I orders protestants of Vaudois to be killed
1557 - Cuenca is founded in Ecuador.
1606 - England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag/Union Jack
1648 - University of Harderwijk Neth solemn opens
1654 - Ordinance of Union between England and Scotland passed by the Council of State
1713 - Dutch State-Gen signs peace with France: Neth loses Orange Princedom
1770 - Townsend Acts repealed
1776 - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
1782 - Battle at Les Saintes West-Indies: British fleet beats French
1787 - Philadelphia's Free African Society forms
1811 - 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, WA
1820 - Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.
1826 - Weber's opera "Oberon" premieres in London
1844 - Texan envoys sign Treaty of Annexation with the United States
1857 - Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" published
1858 - 1st US billiards championship (Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit)
1859 - Hibernia Savings & Loan Society of SF incorporates
1861 - Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War
1862 - James Andrews steals Confederate train (General) at Kennesaw, GA
1862 - Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski Georgia
1863 - -14] Gunboat battle at Bayou Teche Louisiana
1864 - Battle of Blair's Landing LA
Confederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest 1864 - Confederate Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tn
1869 - North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law
1872 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky (1 dead/$1,500)
1877 - British annex Transvaal, in South Africa
1877 - Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
1883 - French troops under lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes occupy Bamako Senegal
1887 - Henrik Ibsen's "Rosmersholm" premieres in Oslo
1892 - George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter
1893 - Battle at Hoornkrans Southwest-Africa: German Schutztruppen chases away Hottentotten under Hendrik Witbooi
1894 - British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central-Africa
1896 - Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
1898 - Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in SF Bay to Navy
1900 - The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (effective 1 May)
Outlaw Jesse James 1905 - French Dufaux brothers test helicopter
1905 - Hippodrome arena opens (NYC)
1907 - Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer, resigns
1907 - In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation's forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males
1908 - Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
1909 - Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
1911 - 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3h56m)
1916 - Irish nationalist activist and poet Roger Casement boards submarine U-19 at Wilmshaven, Germany, bound for a rendezvous with the Aud at Tralee
1917 - Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St NYC (Demolished 1982)
1917 - Domenico Scarlatti & Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome
1919 - British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages
1926 - Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek 1927 - Gen Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai
1930 - 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days
1930 - Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
1931 - Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
1931 - Spanish voters reject the monarchy
1932 - Emmanuel Chabriers & Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo
1932 - "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Gabo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)
1933 - Moffatt Field commissioned
1934 - Second highest ever wind spped of 372 km/h (231 mph) recorded on Mt Washington
1934 - The US Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.
1935 - Germany prohibits publishing "not-Arian" writers
1935 - Royal Proclamation sets design of Canada's new Jubilee Silver Dollar
1935 - First flight of the Bristol Blenheim.
1937 - Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
1938 - 1st US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (NY)
1938 - Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
1938 - US began requiring medical tests for marriage licenses
1940 - Italy annexes Albania
1940 - NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
1941 - Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1941 - Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler
1942 - 9th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280
1942 - Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
1943 - Allies conquer Soussa, North-Africa
1943 - Dutch Catholic University Nijmegen closed
1944 - Lillian Hellman's "Searching Wind" premieres in NYC
1945 - Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands
1945 - US President Franklin Roosevelt dies in office and Vice-President Harry Truman is sworn in as 33rd US President
1945 - Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosis"
1946 - Syria gains independence from France
1951 - Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day
1952 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Houston Weathervane Golf Tournament
1952 - Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government
Golfer Ben Hogan 1953 - 17th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274
1953 - KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 - Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston
1954 - 18th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289
1954 - 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
1954 - Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
1954 - Bill Haley & Comets records "Rock Around Clock"
1954 - Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
1955 - 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
1955 - Salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched
1956 - Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon
1957 - Jim Spalding set a 2088 pin nine-game bowling record
1957 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk 1958 - 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
1958 - Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
1959 - 13th Tony Awards: J B & Redhead win
1959 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
1959 - France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
1960 - Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"
1960 - Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"
1961 - 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4
1961 - Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner
1961 - Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
1962 - San Mateo County withdraws from BART district (SF Bay area)
1963 - Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
1963 - Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
1964 - 28th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276
Golfer Arnold Palmer 1964 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies' Golf Open Invitational
1965 - 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
1966 - 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
1966 - Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
1966 - Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
1968 - Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
1969 - Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
1970 - Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio
1973 - France recognizes North Vietnam
1973 - Sudan adopts constitution
1973 - Swaziland suspends constitution
1975 - Linda Ronstadt releases "When Will I Be Loved"
1975 - Six Catholic civilians are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force gun and grenade attack on Strand Bar in Belfast, North Ireland
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle 1976 - India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare
1976 - Anne Rice's debut novel "Interview with a Vampire" is published by Knopf.
1978 - 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win
1979 - Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
1980 - BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
1980 - Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
1980 - US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
1980 - Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.
1980 - Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland.
1981 - 45th Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280
1981 - Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
1981 - Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched
LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi 1982 - 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
1983 - Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st black mayor
1983 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1985 - 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn
1986 - 20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines
1987 - 51st Masters Golf Tournament: Larry Mize wins, shooting a 285
1987 - Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
1987 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1987 - Texaco files for bankruptcy
1987 - CBS' premiere of fact based World War II drama "Escape from Sobibor"
1988 - Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
1988 - Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
1988 - Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
1988 - Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs Calif
1989 - 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
1989 - Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
1990 - Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace strikers
1990 - James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months
1990 - 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust & asks for forgivenesss
1991 - 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
1991 - Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
1991 - US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
1992 - "Streetcar Named Desire" opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 perfs
1992 - 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, NY Knicks 61
1992 - 53rd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino
Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples 1992 - 56th Masters Golf Tournament: Fred Couples wins, shooting a 275
1992 - Earthquake rocks Germany
1992 - Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) opens in Marne-la-Vallee France
1992 - Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN
1992 - Matt Young no-hits Cleveland, but loses 2-1
1992 - NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
1992 - Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle
1994 - Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
1998 - 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
1998 - An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
1999 - US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
2002 - Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.
President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez 2002 - Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
2009 - U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth.
2009 - President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue
2009 - 73rd Masters Golf Tournament: Ángel Cabrera wins, shooting a 276
2010 - A train derailed near Merano, Italy, after running into a landslide, causing nine deaths and injuring 28 people.
2012 - A ceasefire in the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising comes into effect
2012 - Bodleian, Oxford University and Vatican libraries announce over 1.5 million pages of ancient texts will be made available across the internet
2012 - Civilian rule in Mali is returned after Dioncounda Traore is sworn in as interim president
2013 - 11 people are killed and 30 are injured in mosque attacks across Iraq
2013 - A man-made 32-foot and 60 tonne monument that is dates around 2000 BC is discovered in the Sea of Galilee
2014 - The new drug, ABT-450, with a 90-95% success rate for treating Hepatitis C, is announced
US First Lady and Politician Hillary Clinton 2015 - Hillary Clinton announces she will run for the Democratic nominee for US President for the 2nd time.
2015 - 79th Masters Golf Tournament: Jordan Spieth wins, shooting a 270
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