On This Day

Historical Events on October 12 (Part 2)

  • 2005 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
  • 2006 United States Postal Service designates facility in Green River, Wyoming, as the "Curt Gowdy Post Office Building," honoring the noted broadcaster

Sports History

2008 Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund

  • 2008 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: D. A. Weibring wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Fred Funk
  • 2012 The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali
  • 2012 The European Union wins the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentary
  • 2013 50 people are killed after a truck veers of a cliff in  La Convencion Province, Peru
  • 2013 15 people are killed by a series of explosions in a fireworks factory in Vietnam
  • 2013 Timothy Bradley defeats Juan Manuel Márquez to win the WBA Welterweight boxing title

Election of Interest

2014 Evo Morales is re-elected President of Bolivia

  • 2016 Auston Matthews becomes 1st player to score 4 goals in his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa
  • 2016 James Charles (17) becomes the 1st male face of make-up label CoverGirl
  • 2017 Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 57, with 684 cases so far reported by WHO

Historic Event

2017 Long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin confirmed found in Madison borough hall, New Jersey, worth at least $4m

  • 2018 US air strike in central Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab militants
  • 2019 Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall on the Izu Peninsula near Tokyo, Japan, bringing record rainfall and killing at least 56 people

Sports History

2019 Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya becomes first to run a marathon in under 2 hours (1:59:40) in Vienna, Austria; not a race by strict definition using pacesetters and pace laser markings on a doctored course

  • 2019 Centre-back Sergio Ramos becomes Europe's most capped male outfield soccer player (168 caps) as Spain draws 1-1 with Norway in Euro 2020 qualification in Oslo
  • 2019 California is the 1st US state to pass law banning sale and manufacture of new fur products
  • 2020 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their contributions to auction theory
  • 2020 China announces it will test entire city of Qingdao, 9 million people, for COVID-19 within five days after a dozen cases discovered

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 UK PM Boris Johnson announces a new three-tier system for COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge