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

Events in History

Events 101 - 148 of 148

  • 1972 Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole
  • 1973 Israeli counter offensive in southern Syria

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1973 Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1974 1st time Wash Caps are shutout as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota
  • 1975 Archbishop Oliver Plunkett became 1st Irish-born saint in 7 centuries
  • 1975 NASA launches space vehicle S-195
  • 1976 4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach & land test (ALT) flight
  • 1976 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party
  • 1977 4th test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • 1977 Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, smashed into cop van
  • 1977 US Supreme Court heard arguments in "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, white student denied admission to University of California Med School
  • 1978 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington
  • 1979 Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa
  • 1979 The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
  • 1980 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in LA
  • 1982 38.6 cm (15.2") of rainfall, Angoon Alaska (state record)
  • 1983 5225 Loral & 5424 Covington

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1984 IRA bombs the Grand Hotel, Brighton, where British PM Margaret Thatcher is staying, 5 die

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for maintenance of STS 61A mission
  • 1985 Intl Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War receives Nobel Prize
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1986 Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the People's Republic of China

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1987 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1988 George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in their second presidential debate
  • 1988 Israel & China sign trade deal, plan diplomatic relations

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1988 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1989 Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Vikings for 12 players
  • 1990 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1991 Statler Brothers Show premieres on TNN
  • 1992 5.8 earthquake at Cairo (at least 510 die)
  • 1992 Arecibo radio telescope begins Microwave search for occupied planets
  • 1992 Expo '92 closes in Seville Spain
  • 1992 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Albany NY (WQBK 103.5 & 103.9 FM)
  • 1992 Microwave Observing Project begins (seeking alien life)
  • 1994 Contact with NASA Venus orbitter Magellan broken
  • 1994 Iranian Fokker F28 explodes between Isfahan and Tehran, killing 66
  • 1997 Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock
  • 1999 Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup
  • 1999 The Day of Six Billion: the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born
  • 2000 The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
  • 2002 Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali's nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists
  • 2005 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
  • 2012 The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali
  • 2012 The European Union wins the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentary
  • 2013 50 people are killed after a truck veers of a cliff in  La Convencion Province, Peru
  • 2013 15 people are killed by a series of explosions in a fireworks factory in Vietnam
  • 2014 Evo Morales is re-elected President of Bolivia
  • 2016 James Charles (17) becomes the 1st male face of make-up label CoverGirl

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