On This Day

What Happened on January 12, 1928

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Lew Gallo, American character actor & screen writer (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2000)
  • Ruth Brown, American actress & singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 2008)

Famous Deaths

  • Ruth Snyder, 1st woman to die in electric chair