On This Day

What Happened on April 12

Important Events

  • 1204 4th Crusade occupies and plunders Constantinople
  • 1811 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington

Apr 12 in Film & TV

  • 1932 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)

Apr 12 in Music

Apr 12 in Sport

  • 1980 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games

Did You Know?

Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.

On April 12, 1937

Would You Believe?

Harvard University patents a genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)

On April 12, 1988

Famous Weddings

  • 1385 Duke of Burgundy, John the Fearless, marries Margaret of Bavaria in political double wedding with his sister
  • 1385 Willem van Oostervant of Bavaria weds Philip the Bold's daughter Marguerite (10)
  • 1583 William of Orange marries Louise de Coligny

Famous Divorces

  • 1935 Actress Mary Astor (28) divorces Dr. Franklyn Thorpe after 4 years of marriage
  • 1992 Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz, after 5 years of marriage

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