On This Day in History for August 12 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 140 of 140

  • 1978 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • 1978 11th Commonwealth Games close in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1979 Iranian press censors start massive book burnings
  • 1980 Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.
  • 1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
  • 1981 Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)

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1983 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1984 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio inducted into Hall of Fame
  • 1985 Japanese Boeing 747SR crashes, 520 die (worst in-flight toll)
  • 1986 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
  • 1986 Iran fires missile at refinery near Baghdad; Iraq raids Iranian terminal at Sirri Island severely disrupting Iranian exports
  • 1987 Charles Cole climbs 870'Tyrolean Traverse from top of Elephant Rock

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1988 Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at hospital

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1988 Richard Thornburgh becomes US Attorney General
  • 1990 12th annual Macy's Tap-o-mania

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1990 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 1991 Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan
  • 1992 Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • 1993 Pope John Paul II begins visit of US
  • 1994 Panic in church of Brazzaville: 142 killed
  • 1994 Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 1996 "Breakfast on Fox" premieres
  • 2000 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
  • 2004 New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
  • 2005 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • 2005 An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
  • 2005 Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
  • 2005 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
  • 2007 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
  • 2013 8 people are killed and 25 are injured in a suicide bomb attack in Balad, Iraq
  • 2013 30 people are killed by gunmen in northeast Nigeria
  • 2013 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is elected President of Mali

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2013 Whitey Bulger is found guilty on 31 of 32 counts, and is found to have been involved in 11 murders

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
  • 2014 Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
  • 2014 World Health Organization (WHO) gives its 'cautious blessing' to the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus
  • 2015 In London archaeologists discover a mass grave of 30 bodies from the 1665 plague
  • 2015 Large series of explosions in Tianjin, China leave at least 50 dead and 700 injured in an industrial accident
  • 2015 China cuts its currency the yuan for the 2nd day in a row to boast exports

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2015 Former US President Jimmy Carter reveals that he has cancer

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 2016 Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini

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Deaths in History

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