On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1983 Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 P. W. Botha declares South African national emergency

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

1987 Central African Republic ex-emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa sentenced to death

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1988 Andy Hampton is 1st American to win Round of Italy
  • 1988 The Republic of Ireland beats England 1-0 at Euro88 thanks to a headed goal by Ray Houghton. This is Ireland's first competitive match at a major football tournament.

A Beautiful Day in MoscowA Beautiful Day in Moscow

1988 Soviet Union holds its 1st beauty content in Moscow, 16 year old Maria Kalinina crowned the winner

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Maria Kalinina becomes Miss Moscow. © Jacques Langevin/Sygma/Corbis
Maria Kalinina becomes Miss Moscow. © Jacques Langevin/Sygma/Corbis
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  • 1989 Canadian Olympian Ben Johnson admits using steroids

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1991 Boris Yeltsin wins Russia's first presidential election with 57% of the vote

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1991 Boris Yelstin elected President of Russian Federation

BeatificationPapal Visit

1994 -17] Pope John Paul II visits Spain

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994 48th Tony Awards: Angels in America: Perestroika & Passion win
  • 1994 Cab Calloway suffered massive stroke at his home in White Plaines NY
  • 1994 Moshood Abiola declares himself lawful President of Nigeria
  • 1996 3 Philadelphia Fed Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet
  • 1996 Marge Schott gives up day-to-day operations because of her numerous insensitive comments about Adolf Hitler, working women & Asians

Notable FireworksGlobe Theatre Fire

1997 Shakespeare's Globe theatre opens in London, England, replica of original Globe theatre (1599-1642) with performance of Henry V, after campaign by Sam Wanamaker

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on fire
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on fire
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  • 1999 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • 2000 Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.
  • 2004 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2008 Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
  • 2009 Protests in Iran following the presidential election.
  • 2011 65th Tony Awards: The Book of Mormon & War Horse win
  • 2012 An Australian coroner's report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980
  • 2012 The chemical compound NOTT-202, which is capable of selectively absorbing carbon dioxide, is created
  • 2012 World Health Organization concludes that diesel exhaust causes cancer
  • 2013 Russia passes a law banning gay propaganda
  • 2014 Israeli leadership blames Hamas after 3 Israeli teenagers are kidnapped in the West Bank
  • 2015 Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars
  • 2015 Al-Qaeda's 2nd-in-command Nasser al-Wuhayshi (Osama Bin Laden's former private secretary) is killed in a US air strike in Yemen
  • 2016 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US
  • 2016 70th Tony Awards: "Hamilton" wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days administrative arrest for organizing rallies

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
Alexei Navalny

Meeting of InterestDonald Trump Meets Kim Jong-Un

2018 Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump - first time a North Korean leader and an incumbent US President have ever met

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US President Donald Trump shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at their summit in Singapore
US President Donald Trump shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at their summit in Singapore
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  • 2018 French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at center of Nobel Prize Committee scandal, charged with rape in Sweden
  • 2018 Battle for key Yemen port of Hudaydah begins with assault by Saudi backed pro-government forces against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels
  • 2018 AT&T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner can go ahead according to US district court judge
  • 2019 Earliest evidence of humans smoking cannabis discovered in 2,500-year-old grave in Pamir Mountains, China, published in "Science Advances"
  • 2019 World’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Norway’s Government Pension Fund, worth $1 trillion, gets authorization to drop fossil fuel investments from Norway's government
  • 2019 Same-sex marriage approved by Ecuador's Constitutional Court in landmark ruling
  • 2019 Violent protests in Hong Kong as tens of thousands of protesters block and try to storm government buildings to stop extradition law
  • 2020 African American Rayshard Brooks shot dead in drive-through carpark in Atlanta leading to further protests at police violence and the resignation of city's police chief

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