On This Day

What Happened on March 12

Historical Events

  • 538 Witiges, King of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome, retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of victorious Byzantine General Belisarius
  • 1455 First record of Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, letter dated this day by Enea Silvio Piccolomini refers to the bible printed a year before
  • 1642 Abel Tasman is the 1st European to sight New Zealand, viewing the north-west coast of the South Island
  • 1918 Fearing foreign invasion Vladimir Lenin shifts revolutionary Russia's capital from Petrograd (St. Petersburg) to Moscow
  • 1930 Mahatma Gandhi begins his famous 200 mile (300km) protest march against the widely hated British salt tax
  • 1994 The Church of England ordains its first ever 33 female priests
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Mar 12 in Film & TV

  • 1973 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV

Mar 12 in Music

  • 1832 The ballet La Sylphide first premieres at the Opéra de Paris.

Mar 12 in Sport

  • 2020 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Did You Know?

Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi

On March 12, 1894

Would You Believe?

Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain

On March 12, 1881

Famous Weddings

  • 1968 Actress Maureen O'Hara (47) marries third husband aviator Charles F. Blair Jr. (58)
  • 1969 Beatle Paul McCartney (26) marries American photographer Linda Eastman (27) at Marylebone Register's Office in London
  • 1970 Actor Phil Hartman (21) weds first wife Gretchen Lewis

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