Events in History on June 12

  • 28 Roman General Gaius Carrinas' triumphant procession through Rome, awarded for fighting in Gaul
  • 1418 An insurrection delivers Paris to the Burgundians

Victory in Battle

1442 King Alfonso V of Aragon occupies Naples

  • 1458 Magdalen College, Oxford founded by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester
  • 1523 Frisian rebel leader Jancko Douwama arrested
  • 1534 Turkish admiral Chaireddin "Barbarossa" allows Giulia Gonzaga to kidnap and plunder in Naples
  • 1552 Land guardians of Netherlands attack Verdun
  • 1553 King Edward VI accepts Archbishop Cranmer's "42 Articles"
  • 1560 Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeats Imagawa Yoshimoto.

Historic Event

1651 The newly completed Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini is unveiled in Rome

  • 1653 - 13] First Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of the Gabbard/ Battle at North Foreland, English fleet beats the Dutch
  • 1665 England installs a municipal government in New York City
  • 1665 New Amsterdam legally becomes an English colony and renamed New York after English Duke of York
  • 1667 -13] Michiel de Ruyter destroys English fleet
  • 1672 French army under Gen Turenne crosses Rhine at Lobith

Historic Event

1673 Charles II's brother duke James of York resigns as Lord High Admiral

  • 1691 Pope Innocent XII succeeds Alexander VIII
  • 1701 Act of Settlement gives English crown to Sophia, Princess of Hanover
  • 1714 Prussia and Russia sign secret treaty
  • 1772 Marion du Fresne is killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori
  • 1775 1st naval battle of Revolution-Unity (US) captures Margaretta (Br)
  • 1776 Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights
  • 1787 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention (held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) agree to requirement providing a senator must be at least 30 years old [1]
  • 1792 Captain George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1819 Dutch colonial troops driven out of Palembang, Sumatra
  • 1830 Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch
  • 1838 Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1838 Iowa Territory forms with Burlington as its capital
  • 1840 Meteorite hits Uden, Netherlands
  • 1845 George Abernethy becomes 1st governor of Oregon Country
  • 1849 Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • 1859 Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered, first major silver discovery in the US
  • 1860 The State Bank of the Russian Empire is established.
  • 1861 Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federal "invasion" from taking over his state after US Army forces led by Nathaniel Lyon arrest pro-Confederate state militia at Fort Jackson

Historic Event

1864 General Lee sends Jubal A. Early into Shenandoah Valley

  • 1864 Skirmish at Mcafee's Cross Road, Georgia, about 57 die in battle
  • 1864 The Battle of Trevilian Station, the bloodiest and largest all-cavalry battle of the American Civil War in Louisa County ends with Confederate tactical victory and Union successful retreat
  • 1867 Austro-Hungarian Empire forms

Historic Event

1873 John William Strutt [Lord Raleigh] becomes President of the Royal Society (UK)

  • 1881 The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, is crushed by Arctic ice after 21 months of ice-bound drifting
  • 1885 Roof collapse kills 30 at murder trial in France
  • 1889 88 people are killed in the Armagh rail disaster, Ireland.
  • 1892 Netherlands Society for Currency & Coin collecting forms
  • 1897 Possibly the most severe quake in history strikes Assam, India, Shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1,500 casualties).

Philippine Revolution

1898 Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain

  • 1899 New Richmond Tornado: the eighth deadliest tornado in U.S. history kills 117 peoples and injures around 200
  • 1900 In Germany, the Reichstag pass the second Navy Bill, which calls for doubling the German Navy within 20 years
  • 1901 In Cuba, the constitutional convention - knowing that the USA will not withdraw its troops until does so - adopts the Platt Amendment as part of its constitution
  • 1902 Australian parliament agrees to Commonwealth Franchise Act, granting female suffrage
  • 1902 Horn & Hardart opens 1st "automat" (self-service restaurant) in the US on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1903 Niagara Falls, Ontario incorporated as a city
  • 1908 Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC)
  • 1917 US Secret Service extends protection of the President to include his family
  • 1918 1st aerial bombing raid by an American unit, France
  • 1919 Dutch 2nd Chamber accord for equal Christian-public education
  • 1920 Farmer Labor Party organized (Chicago)
  • 1922 German Reich president Friedrich Ebert visits Munich
  • 1926 Brazil leaves League of Nations

Historic Event

1931 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury

  • 1933 Financial and Economy World conference opens (66 countries)

Historic Event

1934 Black-McKeller Bill passes causes the break-up of William Boeing's empire into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] and United Airlines

Historic Event

1935 Senator Huey Long of Louisiana speaks continually for 15½ hours in then Senate's longest speech (150,000 words)

  • 1935 Weapons pact ends 3 year war of Gran Chaco (Bolivia vs Paraguay)
  • 1936 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)


1937 After a one-day show trial, eight Soviet generals are sentenced to death and executed by the NKVD

Historic Event

1942 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam

Historic Event

1942 Hitler orders enslavement of Slavic peoples

  • 1942 Tornado kills 35 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1944 1st V-1 rocket assault on London
  • 1944 British 12th airborne battalion and the 13th & 18th Hussars attack and capture Bréville
  • 1944 Churchill/Marshall/Arnold visit Montgomery's HQ in Chateau de Creully
  • 1944 US troop march into Carentan/Caumont, Normandy
  • 1945 US 7th Marine regiment conquer summit of Kunishi Ridge, Okinawa

Historic Event

1949 Kwame Nkrumah announces the formation of Ghana's Convention People's Party (CPP), the word "convention" chosen "to carry the masses with us"

  • 1950 2 Air France DC-4s crash near Bahrain, about 100 die
  • 1952 USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
  • 1957 Paul Anderson of US back-lifts a record 2850 kg (6,270 lbs)
  • 1961 Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • 1962 Laos Prince Souvanna Phouma forms coalition government
  • 1962 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m


1963 American civil rights activist Medgar Evers is assassinated by white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith in Jackson, Mississippi

  • 1965 Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies
  • 1965 South Vietnam Gen Nguyen Cao Ky succeeds Phan Huy Quat as premier
  • 1967 In the case of Loving v. Virginia, United States Supreme Court unanimously strikes down laws against interracial marriages
  • 1967 Race riot in Cincinnati Ohio (300 arrested)
  • 1967 USSR launches Venera 4 for parachute landing on Venus
  • 1973 Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry
  • 1975 Billy Williams's 400th career HR

Historic Event

1977 Groundbreaking ceremony for John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts; architect I. M. Pei's design would take over 2 years to build

  • 1978 David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life
  • 1978 US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
  • 1979 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
  • 1979 Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185 ft-1 inch; record broken in 1992
  • 1979 Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Sandinista occupies parts of Managua

Historic Event

1980 Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests

  • 1981 Only candidate Hassan Gouled Aptidon wins Djibouti Presidential election
  • 1982 750,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators, rally in Central Park NYC
  • 1982 Battle of Mount Longdon Falkland Islands
  • 1983 Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth

Historic Event

1986 P. W. Botha declares South African national emergency

  • 1987 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall
  • 1988 Andy Hampton is 1st American to win Round of Italy

A Beautiful Day in Moscow

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

  • 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.
  • 1989 Canadian Olympian Ben Johnson admits using steroids
  • 1991 Boris Yelstin elected President of Russian Federation

Election of Interest

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

Papal Visit

1994 -17] Pope John Paul II visits Spain

  • 1994 48th Tony Awards: Angels in America: Perestroika & Passion win
  • 1994 Moshood Abiola declares himself lawful President of Nigeria
  • 1996 3 Philadelphia Fed Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet

Globe 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

  • 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

Historic Event

2007 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President 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 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
  • 2015 Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 2018 AT&T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner can go ahead according to US district court judge
  • 2018 Battle for key Yemen port of Hudaydah begins with assault by Saudi backed pro-government forces against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels
  • 2018 French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at center of Nobel Prize Committee scandal, charged with rape in Sweden

Donald 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

  • 2019 Earliest evidence of humans smoking cannabis discovered in 2,500-year-old grave in Pamir Mountains, China, published in "Science Advances"
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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