On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1971 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes President of Bangladesh and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Prime Minister

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • 1972 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
  • 1974 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
  • 1975 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates
  • 1976 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organisation
  • 1977 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
  • 1979 LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
  • 1979 Record blizzard strikes the US midwest killing over 100
  • 1981 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1986 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched

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1987 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • 1989 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)

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1989 Ex-dictator of Uganda Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 1990 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)

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1991 US Congress gives George H. W. Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished
  • 1992 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
  • 1992 Algeria's general elections canceled after strong gains by Islamic Salvation Front in the 1st round
  • 1992 A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali.

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 1995 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

BeatificationPapal Visit

1995 Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1996 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)
  • 1997 Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space
  • 1998 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • 2004 The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
  • 2005 Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
  • 2006 A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims
  • 2006 Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II
  • 2006 French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • 2006 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
  • 2007 Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.

HaitiEarthquake Devastates Haiti

2010 Earthquake devastates Haiti, killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince

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UN forces patrol the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince after a calamitous earthquake on January 12, 2010 killed as many as 200,000 people
UN forces patrol the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince after a calamitous earthquake on January 12, 2010 killed as many as 200,000 people
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  • 2010 Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009
  • 2013 A failed attempt to rescue a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia, results in 18 deaths
  • 2013 Beijing’s level of air pollution is declared to be at levels that are hazardous to human health

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2017 US President Barack Obama in surprise presentation awards Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2017 Justin Thomas (23) becomes the youngest player to shoot a sub-60 round of 59 in the opening round of the Sony Open at Waialae CC in Hawaii; he also wins the tournament
  • 2019 18 year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto, Canada, as a refugee, via Thailand, after escaping family abuse in Saudi Arabia
  • 2020 Taal volcano, 70km (45 miles) south of Manila in the Philippines begins erupting prompting evacuations

Birthdays in History

  • 1950 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1950 Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli jewellery designer & businesswoman, born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1950 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)

Person of interestRush Limbaugh

1951 Rush Limbaugh, American right wing radio personality, born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh
  • 1951 Ann Althouse, American law professor, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1952 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker & author, born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
  • 1952 Walter Mosley, American novelist, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestHoward Stern

1954 Howard Stern, American radio personality & "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), born in Queens, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1959 Lasana M. Sekou, Caribbean poet & author (The Salt Reaper), born in Aruba
  • 1962 Joe Quesada, American comic book writer, born in NYC, New York

Person of interestJeff Bezos

1964 Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 1965 Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritanian politician & slavery abolitionist advocate, born in Rosso, Trarza
  • 1968 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • 1969 David Mitchell, English novelist (Cloud Atlas), born in Southport, England
  • 1972 Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi, born in Delhi, India
  • 1974 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier, born in Stavanger, Norway
  • 1992 Mao Kobayashi, Japanese gravure idol, born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan (d. 2017)
  • 1996 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived), born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1996 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996), born in Tijuana, Mexico

Weddings in History


Deaths in History