- 1381 Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath
- 1830 Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch
- 1864 The Battle of Trevilian Station, the bloodiest and largest all-cavalry battle of the American Civil War in Louisa County ends with Confederate tactical victory and Union successful retreat
- 1931 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury
- 1942 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam
- 1964 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
- 2018 Singapore summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump - first time a North Korean leader and an incumbent US President have ever met
- More Historical Events
Jun 12 in Film & TV
- 1981 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (the first Indiana Jones film) directed by Stephen Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, with story by George Lucas premieres
Jun 12 in Music
- 1990 "Mariah Carey" debut album by Mariah Carey is released
Jun 12 in Sport
- 1880 Worcester Ruby Legs pitcher Lee Richmond throws first perfect game in MLB history in 1-0 win over Cleveland Blues at the Agricultural County Fair Grounds, Worcester
Would You Believe?
Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars
On June 12, 2015
- 1733 King of Prussia Frederick the Great (21) weds duchess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (18) at Schloss Salzdahlum in Wolfenbüttel, Germany
- 1927 Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (53) weds Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali
- 1949 Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin
Articles, Photos and Quiz
Anne Frank – A Light of Inspiration in the Nazi DarknessAnne Frank received her famous diary on this day – a beacon of hope and love from a young girl in a world beset by cruelty, horror and death.
June 12, 1942
Nelson Mandela Begins 27 Years in JailNelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment on this day and sent to Robben Island, seven miles off Cape Town. It caused international outrage.
June 12, 1964
A Beautiful Day in MoscowOften depicted as grey and formal, the comrades of Soviet Russia let their hair down and held their first beauty pageant, changing the life of one schoolgirl.
June 12, 1988
Donald Trump Meets Kim Jong-UnUS President Donald Trump shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at their summit in Singapore
June 12, 2018
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