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Notable Historical Events for July 12th

196419th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

1996Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract for 1 year for $25 million

1998Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

1993Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Promenade" opens in London

1985Doctors discover a cancerous growth in President Reagan's colon

1926Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)

1442King Alfonso V of Aragon becomes king of Naples

1843Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy

1995Enrique Iglesias releases his first album, "Enrique Iglesias"

1771James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs England

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Notable Birthdays on July 12th

1852Hipólito Yrigoyen, Buenos Aires, President of Argentina (1916-22, 1928-30) (d. 1933)

1920Pierre Berton, Whitehorse Yukon, Canadian author (War of 1812)

1937Bill Cosby, Phila, actor/comedian (I Spy, Cosby, Leonard Part 6)

1817Henry David Thoreau, Concord Mass, naturalist/pacifist (Walden Pond), (d. 1862)

1904Pablo Neruda, Chile, poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971)

1943Christine McVie, Lancashire, rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me)

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Notable Weddings on July 12th

1933Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

1998"Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California

1963NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper

1543England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife)

1937Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris

1918Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)

July 12th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on July 12th

1804Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken

1536Desiderius Erasmus, humanist/priest (Novum instrumentum omne), dies

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