On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1975 Bob Taylor catches 7 in an innings, Derbyshire v Yorkshire
  • 1975 Sao Tomé e Príncipe gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
  • 1976 Ian Dury & Kilburns disband
  • 1977 John Edrich scores his 100th 100, Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval
  • 1978 Sun Bank Building opens
  • 1978 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1979 Ian Paice joins Whitesnake
  • 1979 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK
  • 1982 Britain announces it is returning 593 Argentine POWs
  • 1982 FEMA promises survivors of a nuclear war will get their mail
  • 1983 Chad government troops reconquer Abéché

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1984 Geraldine Ferraro becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential candidate, after Walter Mondale selects her as his Democratic Party running mate

Congresswoman and 1st Female Vice-Presidential Nominee Geraldine Ferraro
Congresswoman and 1st Female Vice-Presidential Nominee
Geraldine Ferraro
42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
  • 1984 A car bomb set off by the military wing of the ANC, explodes in Durban South Africa killing 5 and injuring 27 people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Doctors discover a cancerous growth in President Reagan's colon

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985 STS 51-F launch scrubbed at T -3s because of main engine shutdown
  • 1986 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman, is shot and paralyzed by Shavod Jones

  • 1987 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
  • 1987 50 white South Africans meets ANCers in Dakar
  • 1988 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Boris Yeltsin quits the Soviet Communist Party

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1990 In Soweto, South Africa, Shanty town women strip to the waist and confront bulldozers sent by authorities to demolish their homes
  • 1993 7.8 earthquake hits Hokkaido Japan, 160 killed
  • 1993 Don Imus begins broadcasting to Boston on WEEI (590 AM)
  • 1994 Nomination hearings for Steven Breyer for supreme court justice begins

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995 Enrique Iglesias releases his first album, "Enrique Iglesias"

King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias
King of Latin Pop
Enrique Iglesias
  • 1996 Start of 1st "Super 8's" tournament in Kuala Lumpur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 South African President Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 2006 Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.
  • 2008 Canadian harness racer John Campbell wins his 10,000th race as a driver by guiding 'Share the Delight' to victory in the 6th race at Meadowlands Racetrack
  • 2012 200 people are killed by the Syrian army in Tremseh
  • 2012 90-155 people are killed after an oil tanker crashes and explodes in Okogbe, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • 2013 8 people are killed after a commuter train derails in Paris

United Nations <b>Speech</b>United Nations Speech

2013 Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations and calls for worldwide access to education

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Bernie Sanders endorses fellow Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a speech in New Hampshire

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 2017 World's largest iceberg (later christened A68) breaks away from Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, about 6,000 sq km in length
  • 2018 World's longest fingernails cut off; Shridhar Chillal's nails measured 909.6cm after growing for 66 years
  • 2018 Republic of Ireland will be the first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after passing legislation in parliament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK for a four-day visit amid protests

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Chemical plant explosion in Jiangan County, Sichuan Province, China, kills at least 19
  • 2021 At least 92 people die in a fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in Iraqi city of Nasiriya

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