What Happened on December 12

Significant Events

  • 627 Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine Emperor Heraclius beats Sassanid forces during Byzantine-Sassanid War
  • 1901 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1925 Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rezā Shāh Pahlavi takes over
  • 1946 UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 2000 United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore
  • 2015 COP21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between 195 countries to limit the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels
More Historical Events

December 12 in Film & TV

  • 1966 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

December 12 in Music

December 12 in Sport

  • 1930 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book, ball bouncing into stands not a HR, now a double

Did You Know?

Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America

On December 12, 1800


Would You Believe?

Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart

On December 12, 1957

Famous Weddings

  • 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham
  • 1991 Actor Richard Gere (42) weds supermodel Cindy Crawford (25) in Las Vegas
  • 1998 TV personality Melissa Rivers (30) weds horse breeder John Endicott at The Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • 2001 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
  • 2008 Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger (57) weds former model Dee Ocleppo in Greenwich, Connecticut

Famous Divorces

  • 2014 Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage
More Weddings & Divorces