On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1972 Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole
  • 1973 Israeli counter offensive in southern Syria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 US President Richard Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1974 1st time Wash Caps are shutout as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota
  • 1975 Archbishop Oliver Plunkett became 1st Irish-born saint in 7 centuries
  • 1975 NASA launches space vehicle S-195

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1976 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party

Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • 1977 4th test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • 1977 Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, smashed into cop van
  • 1977 US Supreme Court heard arguments in "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, white student denied admission to University of California Med School
  • 1978 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington
  • 1979 Typhoon Tip becomes the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded with peak sustained winds of 305km/h (190mph) and a wind diameter of 2,220km (1,380mi)
  • 1979 The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in Guam, in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip
  • 1982 38.6 cm (15.2") of rainfall, Angoon Alaska (state record)
  • 1983 5225 Loral & 5424 Covington

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1984 IRA bombs the Grand Hotel, Brighton, where British PM Margaret Thatcher is staying, 5 die

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

  • 1985 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for maintenance of STS 61A mission
  • 1985 Intl Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War receives Nobel Prize
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1986 Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the People's Republic of China

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • 1987 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1988 George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in their second presidential debate
  • 1988 Israel & China sign trade deal, plan diplomatic relations

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1990 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1991 Statler Brothers Show premieres on TNN
  • 1991 Professional wrestler Rip is Oliver forced to retire after being injured by Crush
  • 1992 5.8 earthquake at Cairo (at least 510 die)
  • 1992 Arecibo radio telescope begins Microwave Observing Project search for occupied planets
  • 1992 Expo '92 closes in Seville Spain
  • 1992 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Albany NY (WQBK 103.5 & 103.9 FM)
  • 1994 Contact with NASA Venus orbitter Magellan broken
  • 1994 Iranian Fokker F28 explodes between Isfahan and Tehran, killing 66
  • 1997 Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock

BattleCoup d'état

1999 Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup

General and 10th President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf
General and 10th President of Pakistan
Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Nawaz Sharif
  • 1999 The Day of Six Billion: the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born

  • 2000 American destroyer USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
  • 2002 Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali's nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists
  • 2005 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
  • 2012 The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali
  • 2012 The European Union wins the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentary
  • 2013 50 people are killed after a truck veers of a cliff in  La Convencion Province, Peru
  • 2013 15 people are killed by a series of explosions in a fireworks factory in Vietnam

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2014 Evo Morales is re-elected President of Bolivia

1st Indigenous President of Bolivia Evo Morales
1st Indigenous President of Bolivia
Evo Morales
  • 2016 James Charles (17) becomes the 1st male face of make-up label CoverGirl
  • 2017 Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 57, with 684 cases so far reported by WHO

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2017 Long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin confirmed found in Madison borough hall, New Jersey, worth at least $4m

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 2018 US air strike in central Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab militants
  • 2019 Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall on the Izu Peninsula near Tokyo, Japan, bringing record rainfall and killing at least 56 people
  • 2019 California is the 1st US state to pass law banning sale and manufacture of new fur products
  • 2020 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their contributions to auction theory
  • 2020 China announces it will test entire city of Qingdao, 9 million people, for COVID-19 within five days after a dozen cases discovered

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2020 UK PM Boris Johnson announces a new three-tier system for COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • 2015 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97
  • 2017 Grape-kun, a Humbolt penguin from Tobu Zoo, who gained fame from the anime series "Kemono Friends", dies aged 21 (Miyashiro, Saitama Prefecture, Japan).