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Notable Historical Events on December 12th

2003Jean Chretien formally resigns as the Prime Minister of Canada

1968Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

1988Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

2003Paul Martin becomes the Prime Minister of Canada

1996Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou

2001Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

1997Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

1946UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr

1933Eddie Shore hits Toronto Maple Leaf star Ace Bailey from behind, fracturing his skull and ending his career

1975Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to trying to kill US President Gerald Ford

1901Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland

1965Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record

December 12th Historical Events
Date Event
627
Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine emperor Heraclius beats Perzen 
1098
1st Crusaders capture & plunder Mara Syria 
1408
Order of the Dragon: The Order of the Dragon was first created on December 12, 1408 by Emperor Sigismund, then King of Hungary, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje following the battle for possession of Bosnia. 
1474
Isabella crowns herself queen of Castile & Aragon 
1479
Jews are expelled from Schlettstadt Alsace by Emperor Frederick III 
1524
Pope Clement VII approves Organization of Jewish Community of Rome 
1527
Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice 
1653
English Barebones Parliament ends 
1677
Brandenburgs army occupies Stettin 
1700
Utrecht/Overijssel/Buren/Leerdam/Ijsselstein adopt Gregorian calendar 
1715
Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund [NS=12/23] 
1769
Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee 
1787
Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution 
1791
Bank of US opens 
1792
In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn 
1800
Washington DC established as capital of US 
1812
French invasion of Russia comes to an end. 
1822
Mexico officially recognized as an independent nation by US 
1858
1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent) 
1862
Battle of Dumfries, VA 
1862
Naval Engagement at Yazoo River, MS (USS CAIRO torpedoed) 
1870
Joseph Rainey (SC) became 1st black sworn into House of Reps 
1871
Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum 
1878
Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing "St Louis Dispatch" 
1884
1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval 
1897
Anti-Jewish violence breaks out in Bucharest Romania 
1897
Rudolph Dirks' 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal 
1897
Belo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, is founded. 
1898
1st 1st-class game between NSW & Tasmania 
1899
1st case of plague on Oahu, Hawaii 
1899
George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee 
1900
National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice & Sing", composed 
1901
Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland 
1903
Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo 
1904
CMS McClellans "Leah Kleschna" premieres in NYC 
1906
Oscar Straus, 1st Jewish government member, appointed Sec of Commerce 
1911
Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India. 
1912
R Friml/O Harbachs musical "Firefly" premieres in NYC 
1913
Hebrew language officially used to teach in Palestinian schools 
1914
The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%. 
1915
1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau, Germany 
1915
Aristide Briand forms French war government 
1915
Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia 
1917
French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543 
1917
Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska 
1920
Maurice Ravels ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris 
1925
Arthur Heinman coins term "motel"; opens Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo 
1925
Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rezā Shāh Pahlavi takes over 
1926
Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Piano concert 
1928
Nichols/Brownes "Wings over Europe" premieres in NYC 
1930
Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book 
1930
Baseball changes rule, ball bounces into stands not a HR, now a double 
1930
Start of the 1st Australia v West Indies Test (at Adelaide) 
1931
Japanese government of Imukai forms 
1932
S N Behrman's "Biography" premieres in NYC 
1932
USSR & China resume diplomatic relations 
1933
Eddie Shore hits Toronto Maple Leaf star Ace Bailey from behind, fracturing his skull and ending his career 
1936
Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan 
1937
NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY 
1937
Washington Redskins win NFL championship 
1937
Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations) 
1939
Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die 
1940
British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani 
1941
European reservists on Java mobilize 
1941
German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews 
1941
Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk 
1942
German offensive in South Western Stalingrad 
1942
A fire in a hostel in St. John's, Newfoundland, kills 100 people. 
1945
Special Court of justice convicts Dutch Nazi leader Mussert to death 
1946
Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building & burying 38 
1946
Tide detergent introduced 
1946
UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr 
1947
United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL 
1948
Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre - 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village. 
1949
AL votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball 
1950
16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB) 
1950
Baseball owners vote to drop 4-year old bonus & high school rule 
1951
Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement 
1952
Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, last original team 
1953
Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane 
1955
1st prototype of hovercraft patented by British engineer Christoper Cockerell 
1956
Commencement of the Irish Republican Army's Border Campaign. 
1957
Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo 
1957
US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond) 
1957
Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart 
1958
Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed 
1958
Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur 
1959
UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established 
1961
Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36 
1961
Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1963
Argentina asks for extradition of ex-president Peron 
1963
Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped 
1963
Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK 
1964
Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes 
1964
Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage" (Menagerie) 
1965
Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales) 
1965
Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155 
1965
Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record 
1965
Vivian Beaumont Theater opens at 65th St & Amsterdam Ave NYC 
1966
US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta 
1967
US launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit 
1968
Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis 
1968
Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired 
1968
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1968
Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill receives overwhelming support from Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs) at Stormont 
1969
"Hello Dolly" with Barbra Striesand premieres 
1969
Bill Toomey achieves world record-score (8417 points) 
1969
Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed 
1969
Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing - The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed. 
1970
Polish government proclaims price rise 
1970
Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 42 launched to study X-rays 
1970
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1973
Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins) 
1973
San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC) 
1975
Gas stove explodes & starts fire killing 138 (Mecca Saudi Arabia) 
1975
Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to trying to kill US President Gerald Ford 
1976
QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet 
1977
Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves 
1979
Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce 
1979
Rhodesia becomes independent nation of Zimbabwe 
1979
President of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam. 
1980
US's copyright law amended to include computer programs 
1981
"1st" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances 
1981
Gambia & Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982 
1982
"Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 perf 
1982
$9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC 
1982
57th Australian Womens Tennis: C Evert beats M Navratilova (63 26 63) 
1982
Joanne Carner/John Mahaffey wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1982
"Snowplow Game", after a snowstorm holds both New England and Miami scoreless, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, on order of Patriots coach Ron Meyer, clears the path for John Smith's attempt, which wins the game for the Patriots, 3-0 (the practice of using snow plows during games is later banned) 
1983
A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait 
1983
5th ACE Cable Awards: The VII International Tchaikovsky Competition by Robert Dalrymple and Ken Locker 
1985
248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash 
1985
DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die 
1985
NASA launches space vehicle S-207 
1986
David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide 
1986
James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden 
1986
Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed 
1986
South African journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested 
1987
Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game 
1987
Okla's sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary 
1987
Rollermania at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers 
1988
3 trains collide in London, 40 die 
1988
NYC Subway system adds new stations (Z line) 
1988
PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist 
1988
Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment 
1990
US accuses Iraq of dragging its feet on dates for talks 
1990
US ambassador to Kuwait, Nathaniel Howell leaves Kuwait 
1991
Maastricht Treaty signed to create a European Community 
1991
NJ Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81 
1991
Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection 
1991
Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test 
1992
58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami-Fla (QB) 
1992
6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000) 
1992
Japanese crown prince Naruhito announces engagement to Masaka Owada 
1992
Julia Kurotchkina, 18, of Russia, crowned 42nd Miss World 
1992
NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals 
1993
"Any Given Day" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 32 performances 
1993
"Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 34 performances 
1993
WAQX 104.3 (Q-104) rock format replaces WNCN classic format in NYC 
1995
CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31 
1995
Israeli PM Shimon Peres address both house of US congress 
1995
NBA referees return to work after striking 
1995
Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote) 
1996
Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain) 
1996
Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou 
1997
Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary" goes on trial in Paris 
1997
Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin 
1997
Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH 
1997
Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract 
1997
SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Fla, freeing 2 young hostages 
1997
TWA 800 hearings end 
1997
Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him 
2000
The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore 
2001
Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California 
2003
Paul Martin becomes the Prime Minister of Canada 
2003
Jean Chretien formally resigns as the Prime Minister of Canada 
2006
Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry. 
2008
Andrei Klepach, a deputy economics minister of Russia, states that Russia has entered the recession, with two quarters of contraction expected, meaning Russia will fall short of reaching the 6.8% growth forecast for 2008 
2013
The United States announces sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program 
2015
Polls open in Saudi Arabia, first time women allowed to vote 
2015
At least 87 killed in latest Burundi violence 
2015
Heisman Trophy: Alabama running back Derrick Henry wins 2015 award 
2016
Russia says 728 rebels surrendered in Aleppo over past 24 hours 
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