What Happened on November 12

Significant Events

  • 764 Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, capital of Chinese Tang Dynasty, occupy for fifteen days
  • 1927 Leon Trotsky expelled from Soviet Communist Party, paving way for Joseph Stalin
  • 1942 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands (WWII)
  • 1968 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools
  • 1970 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
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November 12 in Film & TV

  • 1910 1st possible movie stunt: man jumps into the Hudson river from a burning balloon

November 12 in Music

  • 1989 George Forrest's musical "Grand Hotel" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1018 performances (5 Tony wins)

November 12 in Sport

  • 1982 Zaheer Abbas gets his 100th 100 in Test Cricket for Pakistan v India, goes to 215

Did You Know?

British explorer Robert Scott's diary & body found in Antarctica

On November 12, 1912


Would You Believe?

Out Magazine names Barack Obama 'Ally of the Year', Obama becomes 1st sitting US President to pose for cover of a gay magazine

On November 12, 2015

Famous Weddings

  • 1028 Future Byzantine empress Zoe marries Romanus Argyrus according to the wishes of the dying Constantine VIII.
  • 1656 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock
  • 1963 Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)
  • 1964 Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn weds actor Neil Nephew
  • 1969 Director Blake Edwards (47) weds "The Sound of Music" actress Julie Andrews (34) in Beverly Hills
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