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Notable Historical Events on January 12th

1954Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia

1991US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

1997Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

1948Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

200329th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

1958Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

1958Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open

2014"True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

1990Civil Rights activist Rev Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln

19796th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

1913After using other pseudonyms over the years, Josef Dzhugashvili signs himself as Stalin ('man of steel) in a letter to the the paper, Social Democrat

1995Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in LA

1723Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London

1987Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

1966"Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

1960Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

1995Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia

199723rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

2006During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

1966Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

1993NHL great Mario Lemieux announces that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

1971Fed grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

1966LBJ says US should stay in S Vietnam until communist aggression ends

1994Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder

1903Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam

January 12th Historical Events
Date Event
475
Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople. 
1493
Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily 
1528
Gustav I of Sweden "father of the nation" crowned King of Sweden. Rules 37 years 
1552
Dutch west coast hit by heavy storm, 100s killed 
1583
Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583) 
1598
Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso 
1616
Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco 
1701
Frisia & Groningen (Netherlands) begin use of Gregorian calendar 
1723
Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London 
1755
Tsarina Elisabeth establishes 1st Russian University 
1773
1st US public museum established (Charlestown SC) 
1777
Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in Calif 
1806
French evacuate Vienna 
1807
Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden Neth, 150 die 
1808
The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh. 
1809
British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from French (until 1814) 
1812
1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez 
1816
France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever 
1820
Royal Astronomical Society founded in England 
1836
Battle of Wetumka, Fla 
1836
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia 
1839
Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn 
1842
Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles 
1861
Florida state troops demand surrender of Fort Pickens (US Civil War) 
1863
President Davis delivers his "State of Confederacy" address 
1865
-13] Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher NC 
1866
The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London. 
1867
Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo," premieres in St Petersburg 
1872
Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years. 
1875
Kwang-su becomes emperor of China. 
1879
British Zulu War begins: Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand 
1895
The National Trust is founded in Britain. 
1896
1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC) 
1898
Itō Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan. 
1900
Freeland Colony founded in US 
1903
Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam 
1903
Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170 
1904
Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison 
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. 
1907
Britain grants responsible government to former colony of Transvaal 
1908
A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time. 
1911
The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees. 
1912
-47°F (-44°C), Washta, Iowa (state record) 
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 
1915
House of Reps rejects proposal to give women right to vote 
1916
Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Is colony in Pacific 
1918
Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4 
1918
Finland's "Mosaic Confessors" law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens. 
1920
Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to 
1921
Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball 
1924
History of Science Society organized at Boston 
1925
John Howard Lawson's "Processional," premieres in NYC 
1928
Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin," premieres in NYC 
1929
Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana 
1930
NHL's Boston Bruins win then-record 14th consecutive game 
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 
1933
US Congress recognize independence Philippines 
1933
Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 dies 
1937
Plow for laying submarine cable patented 
1940
World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland. 
1942
British troops reconquer Sollum 
1942
Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender 
1942
National War Labor Board created 
1943
Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal) 
1944
Churchill & de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh 
1944
Failed resistance raid on distribution office of Borgerstraat Amsterd 
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 
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 
1948
1st Supermarket in UK opens 
1948
Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast 
1948
US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents) 
1949
"Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV 
1949
Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter 
1950
Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die 
1950
USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage 
1951
Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title 
1952
NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13 
1952
University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student 
1953
9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow 
1954
Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115 
1954
Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament 
1957
Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded 
1958
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open 
1958
NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring 
1958
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7 
1958
Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points 
1959
KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting 
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 
1961
"Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances 
1961
UN genocide pact goes into effect 
1963
"Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1 
1963
Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England 
1964
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-17 
1964
Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence 
1965
"Hullabaloo" premieres on NBC-TV 
1965
At 10:58 am PST burn up a nuclear rocket in Nevada 
1966
"Batman" with Adam West & Burt Ward premieres on ABC TV 
1966
12 day NYC transit strike ends 
1966
LBJ says US should stay in S 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 
1967
Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali 
1967
Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation. 
1968
Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd 
1968
Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV 
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 
1970
Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria 
1970
Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage 
1970
Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian civil war. 
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
Fed grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger 
1971
Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies 
1972
Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen) 
1974
"Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1 
1974
Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic" 
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 
1976
UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Org 
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 
1979
6th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win 
1979
LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham 
1979
Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100 
1980
Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games 
1981
"Dynasty" with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV 
1981
-35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record) 
1981
Dynasty, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, premieres on ABC 
1983
Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame 
1983
NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August 
1986
24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched 
1986
Chic Blackhawk Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period 
1986
New England Patriots defeat Miami Dolphins 31 14 to win US AFC football championship 
1987
Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training 
1988
Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 
1989
6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax) 
1989
Idi Amin expelled from Zaire 
1990
Civil Rights activist Rev Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln 
1990
Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so) 
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 
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. 
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 
1994
Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder 
1994
Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 
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 
1996
Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US) 
1997
23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV) 
1997
17th United Negro College Fund raises 
1997
Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions 
1997
Chrysler-Plymouth LPGA 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
Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships 
1997
wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament Of Champions 
1998
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning. 
2003
29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV) 
2004
The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage. 
2005
Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket. 
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 Ağca 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 
2007
Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years. 
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 
2013
A failed attempt to rescue a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia, results in 18 deaths 
2013
Beijing's level of air pollution is declared to be at levels that are hazardous to human health 
2013
"Mile High Miracle", trailing the Denver Broncos 35-28 with 1:09 remaining in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco heaved a 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game (the Ravens would win in overtime and go on to win the Super Bowl) 
2014
71st Golden Globe Awards: 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle win 
2014
Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship 
2014
"True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO 
2017
Alex Ovechkin records 1000th career NHL point 
2017
Chief US spy James Clapper denies Trump leak claim 
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