On This Day

What Happened on March 12

Important Events

  • 538 Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome, retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman 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
  • 1860 Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists
  • 1930 Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m (300km) march protesting British salt tax
  • 1994 Church of England ordains 1st 33 women priests
More Historical Events

March 12 in Film & TV

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

March 12 in Music

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

March 12 in Sport

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

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