History's January 12
    2012 17th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Artist wins Best Film
    2010 Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
    2010 Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009
    2007 Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
    2006 A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
    2006 Turkey releases Mehmet Ali A?ca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II.
    2006 The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
    2006 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
    2006 During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers
    2005 Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
    2004 The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
    2003 29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
    2001 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim
    1998 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
    1997 17th United Negro College Fund raises
    1997 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
    1997 HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)
    1997 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
    1997 Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space
    1997 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6
    1997 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers 30-13
    1997 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)
    1997 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships
    1996 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)
    1995 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan
    1995 Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in LA
    1995 Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia
    1994 Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
    1994 Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder
    1993 Doctors announce Pitts Penguin Mario Limeux has Hodgkin's disease
    1993 NHL great Mario Lemieux announces that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma
    1992 13th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the Persian Gulf War
    1992 Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished
    1992 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
    1992 Algeria's general elections canceled after strong gains by Islamic Salvation Front in the 1st round
    1992 A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali.
    1992 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Denver Broncos 10-7
    1992 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Detroit Lions 41-10
    1991 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)
    1991 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)
    1991 US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq
    1990 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)
    1990 Civil Rights activist Rev Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln
    1989 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)
    1989 Idi Amin expelled from Zaire
    1988 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
    1987 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training
    1986 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
    1986 Chic Blackhawk Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
    1986 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins 31-14
    1986 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams 24-0
    1983 Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame
    1983 NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August
    1981 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
    1981 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
    1980 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
    1979 LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
    1979 Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
    1979 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win
    1977 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances
    1977 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
    1976 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organisation
    1975 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates
    1975 Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
    1974 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
    1974 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
    1972 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
    1971 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
    1971 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
    1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
    1971 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
    1971 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
    1971 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
    1971 US Federal grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger
    1970 Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria
    1970 Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage
    1970 Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian civil war.
    1969 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
    1969 Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
    1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
    1968 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
    1967 Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
    1967 NBC premiers the colorized remake of "Dragnet"
    1967 Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali
    1966 12 day NYC transit strike ends
    1966 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
    1966 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends
    1966 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics
    1966 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC
    1965 "Hullabaloo" premieres on NBC-TV
    1965 At 10:58 am PST burn up a nuclear rocket in Nevada
    1964 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-17
    1964 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence
    1963 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
    1963 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
    1962 Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War
    1961 "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances
    1961 UN genocide pact goes into effect
    1960 Sobers & Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt v England
    1960 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points
    1959 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
    1959 Rediscovery of the Caves of Nerja in Spain
    1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
    1958 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7
    1958 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
    1958 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points
    1957 Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded
    1954 Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115
    1954 Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament
    1953 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
    1952 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13
    1952 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
    1951 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
    1950 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
    1950 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage
    1949 "Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV
    1949 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
    1948 1st Supermarket in UK opens
    1948 US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
    1948 Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
    1946 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
    1946 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!" premieres in Rome
    1946 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
    1945 German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of Bulge
    1945 US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Jap ships in Battle of South China Sea
    1945 The Soviets begin a large offensive against the Nazis in Eastern Europe
    1944 Churchill & de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh
    1944 Failed resistance raid on distribution office of Borgerstraat Amsterd
    1943 Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)
    1942 British troops reconquer Sollum
    1942 Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender
    1942 National War Labor Board created
    1940 World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
    1937 Plow for laying submarine cable patented
    1933 US Congress recognize independence Philippines
    1933 Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 dies
    1932 France's Laval government falls
    1932 Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator (D-Ark)
    1932 Philip Barry's "Animal Kingdom" premieres in NYC
    1929 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana
    1928 Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin" premieres in NYC
    1925 John Howard Lawson's "Processional" premieres in NYC
    1924 History of Science Society organized at Boston
    1921 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
    1920 Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to
    1918 Finland's "Mosaic Confessors" law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens.
    1918 Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4
    1916 Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Islands as a colony in Pacific
    1916 Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke receive the Pour le Merite, the German Empire's highest military award, for achieving eight aerial victories each over Allied aircrafts
    1915 US House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote
    1913 After using other pseudonyms over the years, Josef Dzhugashvili signs himself as Stalin ('man of steel) in a letter to the the paper, Social Democrat
    1912 -47°F (-44°C), Washta, Iowa (state record)
    1911 The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.
    1908 A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
    1907 Britain grants responsible government to former colony of Transvaal
    1906 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
    1906 Football rules committee legalizes forward pass
    1906 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman's cabinet (which included amongst its members H.H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election.
    1904 Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison
    1903 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
    1903 Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam
    1902 Uddevalla Suffrage Association is formally dissolved
    1900 Freeland Colony founded in US
    1899 Lynmouth Lifeboat rescues 18 people from the stricken schooner Forest Hall off the coast of Devon
    1898 It? Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan.
    1896 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)
    1895 The National Trust is founded in Britain.
    1879 British Zulu War begins: Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand
    1875 Kwang-su becomes emperor of China.
    1872 Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
    1867 Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo" premieres in St Petersburg
    1866 The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.
    1865 -13] Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher NC
    1863 President Davis delivers his "State of Confederacy" address
    1861 Florida state troops demand surrender of Fort Pickens (US Civil War)
    1848 Palermo rising against the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies takes place in Sicily
    1842 Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
    1839 Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn
    1836 Battle of Wetumka, Fla
    1836 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia
    1820 Royal Astronomical Society founded in England
    1816 France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever
    1812 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez
    1809 British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from French (until 1814)
    1808 The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
    1807 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden, Netherlands, 150 die
    1806 French evacuate Vienna
    1777 Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in Calif
    1773 1st US public museum established (Charlestown SC)
    1755 Tsarina Elisabeth establishes 1st Russian University
    1723 George Frideric Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London
    1701 Frisia & Groningen (Netherlands) begin use of Gregorian calendar
    1616 Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco
    1598 Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso
    1583 Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583)
    1554 Bayinnaung is crowned King of Burma. He would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia
    1552 Dutch west coast hit by heavy storm, 100s killed
    1528 Gustav I of Sweden "father of the nation" crowned King of Sweden. Rules 37 years
    1493 Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily
    475 Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.
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