Historical Events in January 1912

  • 1st 1st running of SF's famed "Bay to Breakers" race (7.63 miles/12.3 km)
  • 1st Sun Yat-sen forms Chinese Republic
  • 1st The Republic of China is established.
  • 3rd South Pacific RR offers to bring Liberty Bell to Exposition, free
  • 3rd 10th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Christchurch (5-0)
  • 4th Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-ctr
  • 4th The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
  • 5th 1st National Hockey Association game (Victoria)
  • 5th The Prague Party Conference takes place.
  • 6th New Mexico becomes 47th state of the Union

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6th Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt.

Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist Alfred Wegener
Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist
Alfred Wegener
  • 8th Chiefs, representatives of people's and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms
  • 9th US Marines send troops to Honduras
  • 10th Caillaux government in France resigns
  • 10th World's 1st flying boat's maiden flight, (Glenn Curtiss in NY)
  • 11th Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 12th -47°F (-44°C), Washta, Iowa (state record)
  • 13th -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)
  • 14th Raymond Poincaré becomes premier of France

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17th Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen

Naval Officer and Explorer Robert Scott
Naval Officer and Explorer
Robert Scott
  • 23rd The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.
  • 29th Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, MA