On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1980 NYC Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana
  • 1980 US space probe Voyager I approaches 77,000-mi (124,000 km) of Saturn
  • 1981 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
  • 1981 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
  • 1981 Bill C Davis' "Mass Appeal" premieres in NYC
  • 1981 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1982 KGB Chief Yuri Andropov succeeds Leonid Brezhnev as leader of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • 1983 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
  • 1984 Space shuttle astronauts snared a satellite 1st space salvage
  • 1985 STS 61-B vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1985 Secretary in Ann Arbor Mich wounded by package bomb
  • 1986 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987 Heavy snow closes schools from DC to Maine
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989 Brazil holds its 1st free presidential election in 29 years

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1990 Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • 1991 "Full House" 100th episode, the twins are born
  • 1991 Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 1991 Dili Massacre, Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of protesters in Dili, East Timor, killing at least 250
  • 1995 NY MTA raises subway & bus fares from $1.25 to $1.50
  • 1995 STS 74 (Atlantis 15), launches into orbit
  • 1996 Toronto's Pat Hentgen wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1996 Saudi Arabian Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in midair over Charkhi Dadri in India, killing 349 people, the third-deadliest aviation disaster in history
  • 1997 Pedro Martinez wins NL Cy Young Award

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1998 Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol.

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • 1999 The Düzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
  • 2001 Taliban forces abandon Afghanistan's capital Kabul, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops
  • 2001 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
  • 2003 With 501 km/h (311 mph) Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world record for commercial railway systems.
  • 2003 Iraq war: In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
  • 2006 Former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a second referendum on independence from Georgia
  • 2011 Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Prime Minister of Italy due, in large part, to the European sovereign debt crisis.
  • 2012 Into the Silence by Wade Davis wins the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize
  • 2014 European Space Agency's Rosetta lands the Philae probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • 2015 Suicide bombings in Lebanon kill 43, Isis claim responsibility

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2015 Out Magazine names Barack Obama 'Ally of the Year', Obama becomes 1st sitting US President to pose for cover of a gay magazine

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2017 7.3 earthquake hits near Halabjal, Iraq, on border with Iran, killing over 500 people, with 7,000 injured

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2017 For the first time Prince Charles lays the wreath to Great Britain's war dead, replacing Queen Elizabeth

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 2018 Israeli secret operation in Gaza kills eight including one Israeli and an Hamas Commander, igniting tensions with retaliatory rocket attack from Gaza

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2018 Former US First lady Michelle Obama publishes her memoir "Becoming"

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama

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2019 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak - the founder of Sikhism celebrated in India and Pakistan

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak

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2019 Former Bolivian President Evo Morales takes asylum in Mexico

1st Indigenous President of Bolivia Evo Morales
1st Indigenous President of Bolivia
Evo Morales
  • 2019 Israeli forces kill senior commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip with Palestinian militants setting off retaliatory rockets at Israel

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