On This Day

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

Events in History

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1978 Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1979 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage
  • 1979 Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
  • 1980 Military coup under General Kenan Evren in Turkey
  • 1983 Albert Rizzo trod water at sea for 108 hours 9 minutes
  • 1983 Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million
  • 1983 USSR vetoes UN resolution deploring its shooting down of Korean plane
  • 1984 Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on The Tonight Show
  • 1984 Ethiopia forms socialist republic
  • 1985 Flight readiness firing of Atlantis' main engines; 20 seconds
  • 1986 240.49 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • 1986 Twins fire manager Ray Miller & replace him with coach Tom Kelly
  • 1986 US professor Joseph Cicippio is kidnapped & held hostage in Beirut
  • 1987 Ethiopia adopts constitution
  • 1988 Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica
  • 1990 US, United Kingdom, France, USSR, East & West Germanys sign agreements allowing 2 Germanys to merge
  • 1991 Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) launched
  • 1992 Hurricane Inuki pounds Hawaii
  • 1992 STS-47 (Endeavour 2) launches

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1992 Mae Jemison is the 1st African American woman to go into space (aboard Endeavour STS-47)

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • 1993 Wang Junxia runs a women's 3000 m world record (8:12.29) at the Chinese National Games
  • 1993 Paul Molitor at 37 is oldest to reach 100 RBIs for 1st time in career
  • 1993 STS-51 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • 1994 Frank Eugene Corder crashes a Cessna plane into the south lawn of the White House, killing himself
  • 1994 Parti Québécois wins parliamentary election
  • 1995 Belarus military shoots down a hydrogen balloon, killing its two American pilots.
  • 1997 The UN passes a resolution allowing Iraq to reach the $2.14 billion oil sales limit under its oil-for-food program
  • 1999 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • 2000 Holland (the Netherlands) passes law allowing same-gender marriage, adoption and divorce.
  • 2001 Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first and only time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
  • 2001 Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry leaving 10000 people unemployed.
  • 2003 In Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.
  • 2003 The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
  • 2005 The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.
  • 2005 Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.
  • 2005 The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.

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2007 Shinzō Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe

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2007 Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada
  • 2009 The 9-12 Project organized multiple marches and demonstrations across the USA to protest government spending.
  • 2012 18 soldiers are killed by a rebel car bomb in Syria
  • 2012 314 people are killed in factory fire in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2012 Apple unveils its iPhone 5 and iOS 6

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2012 Excavators announce that they may have found the remains of King Richard III of England under a carpark in Leicester

King of England Richard III
King of England
Richard III
  • 2015 Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the UK Labour party
  • 2015 12 tourists mistaken for militants, are killed by Egyptian forces in Egypts Western Desert
  • 2017 Hope Hicks appointed permanent White House Communications Director after working in an interim role
  • 2017 Monster fatburg 250m long, 130 tons, size of 11 buses found in sewers under east London
  • 2017 Apple unveils premium iPhone X costing $999, along with iPhone 8
  • 2018 Oldest known human drawing discovered, a hashtag-like abstract drawing with red ochre, 73,000 years old, in Blombos Cave, South Africa published in "Nature"
  • 2018 More than 3,600 children reported abused by Catholic priests in Germany (1946-2014) in leaked report
  • 2018 European parliament votes to pursue disciplinary action against Hungary for anti-democratic actions, first ever such vote

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