On This Day

On This Day in History for December 12 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1982 $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC
  • 1982 The "Snowplow Game": when a snowstorm holds a New England vs Miami game scoreless, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, on Patriots coach Ron Meyer order, clears the path for John Smith's attempt, which wins the game for the Patriots, 3-0
  • 1983 A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait
  • 1983 5th ACE Cable Awards: The VII International Tchaikovsky Competition by Robert Dalrymple and Ken Locker
  • 1985 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
  • 1985 DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die
  • 1985 NASA launches space vehicle S-207
  • 1986 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed
  • 1986 South African journalist and activist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested at John Vorster Square
  • 1987 Rollermania at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers
  • 1988 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • 1988 NYC Subway system adds new stations (Z line)
  • 1988 PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist
  • 1990 US accuses Iraq of dragging its feet on dates for talks
  • 1990 US ambassador to Kuwait, Nathaniel Howell, leaves Kuwait
  • 1991 Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection

  • 1991 Abuja replaces Lagos as the capital city of Nigeria
  • 1992 6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000)

HeartEngagement of Interest

1992 Japanese crown prince Naruhito announces engagement to Masaka Owada

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres addresses both houses of the US Congress

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 1995 Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)
  • 1996 Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain)
  • 1997 Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary", goes on trial in Paris
  • 1997 Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
  • 1997 Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH
  • 1997 SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Florida, freeing 2 young hostages
  • 1997 TWA 800 hearings end

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2000 US Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore, settling the recount dispute in Florida's 2000 presidential election in George W. Bush's favor and thus handing him the presidency

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2003 Paul Martin becomes Prime Minister of Canada after resignation of Jean Chretien

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
20th Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien
  • 2006 Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
  • 2008 Andrei Klepach, a deputy economics minister of Russia, states that Russia has entered the recession, with two quarters of contraction expected, meaning Russia will fall short of reaching the 6.8% growth forecast for 2008
  • 2013 The United States announces sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program
  • 2014 UN climate change talks in Peru continue past scheduled time as negotiations continue to stall
  • 2014 Over 200 pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong
  • 2015 COP21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between 195 countries to limit the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels
  • 2015 First women ever elected in Saudi Arabia in municipal council elections

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
  • 2016 Paolo Gentiloni is sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy, succeeding Matteo Renzi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte boasts he killed susected criminals personally when mayor of Davao City

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte
  • 2017 Australian shopping mall firm Westfield is bought by French property company Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion
  • 2017 Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat in upset win marked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Michael Cohen, former lawyer for US President Donald Trump sentenced to three years in prison for campaign-finance violations and tax fraud

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 China built 88 out of world's 143 skyscrapers in 2018 more than any country ever (buildings over 200 meters/656 ft)
  • 2018 American Media Inc. publisher of "National Enquirer" admits paying hush money to mistresses of US President Donald Trump
  • 2018 Seven mass graves in former Islamic State area discovered containing hundreds of bodies, some tortured, near Albu Kamal, eastern Syria
  • 2018 Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev compete complex spacewalk to fix hole in Soyuz spacecraft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 British Prime Minister Theresa May survives 200-117 no-confidence vote from own Conservative Party

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2019 British General Election won by Boris Johnson's Conservative Party in landslide win with 80 seat majority. Scottish National Party also wins 48 of 59 seats in Scotland.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2019 Deepest point on land on earth identified under Denman Glacier, east Antarctica at 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level

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