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

Events in History

Events 101 - 141 of 141

  • 1971 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
  • 1972 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
  • 1974 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
  • 1975 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates
  • 1976 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organisation
  • 1979 LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
  • 1979 Record blizzard strikes the US midwest killing over 100
  • 1981 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1983 Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1986 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
  • 1986 Chic Blackhawk Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period

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1987 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • 1989 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)

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1989 Ex-dictator of Uganda Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin

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1990 Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 1990 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)

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1991 US Congress gives George H. W. Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished
  • 1992 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
  • 1992 Algeria's general elections canceled after strong gains by Islamic Salvation Front in the 1st round
  • 1992 A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali.

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1994 Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 1995 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

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1995 Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1996 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)
  • 1997 Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space
  • 1998 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • 2001 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim
  • 2004 The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
  • 2005 Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
  • 2006 A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims
  • 2006 Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II
  • 2006 French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • 2006 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
  • 2007 Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
  • 2010 Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
  • 2010 Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009
  • 2013 A failed attempt to rescue a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia, results in 18 deaths
  • 2013 Beijing’s level of air pollution is declared to be at levels that are hazardous to human health
  • 2014 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship

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2017 US President Barack Obama in surprise presentation awards Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 126 of 126

  • 1949 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist

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1949 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1950 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • 1950 Marilyn R Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • 1950 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
  • 1950 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • 1950 Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland
  • 1950 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • 1951 Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality
  • 1951 Ann Althouse, American law professor
  • 1952 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker and author
  • 1952 Walter Mosley, American author

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1954 Howard Stern, American radio personality and "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), born in Queens, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1957 John Lasseter, American animation director
  • 1959 Lasana M. Sekou, Saint Martin, Caribbean, poet/author (The Salt Reaper
  • 1962 Joe Quesada, American comic book writer
  • 1964 Lynne Marie Thurik, Vancouver Wash, Miss Washington-America (1991)

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1964 Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon.com, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 1965 Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritanian politician, slavery abolitionist advocate, born in Rosso, Trarza
  • 1968 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • 1972 Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi
  • 1974 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 1990 Sergey Karjakin, Ukrainian chess player
  • 1992 Mao Kobayashi, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1996 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived)
  • 1996 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996)

Weddings in History

Deaths in History