On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1971 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • 1971 The Allman Brothers Band record their live album "Live at Fillmore East" on this date and the following day
  • 1971 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Ted Bundy victim Donna Manson disappears from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington (body never found)

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1975 Vietcong conquer Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam
  • 1976 South African troops leave Angola

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet bans the Christian-Democratic Party

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat pledges to regain Arab territory from Israel

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat

MurderMurder of Interest

1980 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1981 Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • 1981 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1982 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
  • 1983 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • 1984 British National Union of Mine Workers headed by Arthur Scargill supports regional strikes, calls for national action
  • 1986 210.25 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • 1986 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • 1987 Ice Pairs World Championship at Cincinnati won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)
  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk (Soviet Union)
  • 1989 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • 1989 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submits his first proposal for an "information management system" to his boss at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) who finds it “vague, but exciting”

Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer Scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • 1990 LA Raiders announce their return to Oakland
  • 1991 OPEC announces oil production cut to 22.3 Mbbl/d (3,550,000 m3/d)
  • 1992 Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations
  • 1993 317 killed by bomb attacks in Bombay
  • 1993 Inkhata leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi begins 2½ week speech
  • 1994 The Church of England ordains its first ever 33 female priests
  • 1995 Congress party loses India national election
  • 1995 Ice Pairs Championship at Birmingham won by Radka Kovarikova & Rene Novotny
  • 1995 Lara scores 139 in ODI v Australia at Port-of-Spain
  • 1995 Letitia Vriesde runs South American indoor record 800m (2:00.35)
  • 1995 World Men's Figure Skating Champions in Birmingham won by Elvis Stojko of Canada
  • 1995 World Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Birmingham won by Chen Lu (China)
  • 1996 Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • 1999 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.

  • 2003 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
  • 2003 Elizabeth Smart found after having been missing for 9 months.
  • 2004 Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea, is impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation's history.
  • 2005 Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
  • 2008 Streaming service Hulu launches for public access in the United States
  • 2011 A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.
  • 2012 100 people are killed in ethnic clashes and cattle raids in South Sudan
  • 2012 45 people, including children, are massacred by the Syrian Army in Homs
  • 2012 China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade
  • 2013 JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from seabed deposits
  • 2013 The 2013 Papal conclave begins with no new Pope elected on the first day
  • 2014 8 people are killed, 70 injured, & 2 buildings are leveled by a gas explosion in East Harlem, New York

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was "highly likely" to have poisoned a Russian spy and his daughter on March 4 with nerve agent

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 2018 Plane crash of Bangladeshi carrier at Kathmandu airport kills at least 49 after plane approaches runway from wrong end
  • 2018 Research shows Chinese cites have decreased pollution by 32 percent on average in just four years
  • 2018 Tens of thousands of farmers from Indian state Maharashtra end protests over loan waivers, prices and land rights after promises from state officials and walking 167km to Mumbai
  • 2018 Civilian death toll in Eastern Ghouta passes 1,000 in three weeks as Syrian government forces capture the town of Mesraba
  • 2019 Theresa May's British government suffers a second defeat on a Brexit deal with the EU, 391 votes to 242
  • 2019 More than 3,000 ISIS fighters have surrendered amid battle for last ISIS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, according to Syrian Democratic Forces officials

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries, though not the UK, due to COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added a day later)

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 UK PM Boris Johnson says the UK is facing the “worst public health crisis for a generation”, that up to 10,000 people may already be infected with COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi imposes new COVID restrictions warning of a new wave as cases again exceed 25,000 a day

Economist and Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi
Economist and Prime Minister of Italy
Mario Draghi
  • 2021 Researchers say world has likely reached 'peak twin' with more twin births than ever before - 1.6 million twins born per year (1 in 42) [1]

Birthdays in History

  • 1947 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
  • 1948 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • 1948 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage
  • 1949 David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
  • 1952 Eliézer Niyitegeka, Rwandan journalist, politician and genocidaire
  • 1953 Carl Hiaasen, American journalist and author
  • 1953 Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepalese politician
  • 1954 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1961 Joseph Facal, Quebec politician
  • 1968 Tammy Duckworth, American politician (D) Senator Illinois (2017-), former Lieutenant Colonel, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1969 Jake Tapper, American journalist
  • 1970 Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher
  • 1975 Annabel Port, English radio presenter
  • 1977 Ramiro Corrales, American footballer
  • 1978 Cristina Teuscher, 4X200m freestyle (Olymp-gold-96), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1978 Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
  • 1987 Chris Seitz, American footballer
  • 1999 Janja Garnbret, Slovenian competitive climber, born in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Deaths in History