On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1997

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary", goes on trial in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
  • Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH
  • Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Florida, freeing 2 young hostages
  • TWA 800 hearings end

Famous Deaths

  • Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)