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On this day in 1970  |  Cyclone Bhola makes landfall, deadliest tropical cyclone recorded kills up to 500,000 in East Pakistan (modern Bangladesh),
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1909Mackenzie King takes his seat in the House of Commons as Minister of Labour

1912Robert Scott's diary & body found in Antarctica

1923In Germany, Adolf Hitler is arrested for attempt to sieze power Nov 8

1927Trotsky expelled from Soviet CP; Stalin becomes undisputed dictator

1938Hermann Goering announces he wants Madagascar as a Jewish homeland

1953David Ben-Gurion, resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open

1984Paul McCartney releases "We All Stand Together"

1986Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

1990Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.

200842nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

2012Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

On This Day In History
Date Event
Nov 12, 295
Origin of Era of Ascension 
Nov 12, 764
Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days. 
Nov 12, 954
Lotharius becomes king of France 
Nov 12, 1439
Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament. 
Nov 12, 1555
The English Parliament re-establishes Catholicism. 
Nov 12, 1591
Castiliaans army occupies Zaragoza 
Nov 12, 1614
Treaty of Xanten: Guliks-Kleefse War victory ends 
Nov 12, 1673
Dutch troops under Willem III occupy Bonn 
Nov 12, 1682
Swedish king Karel XI establishes absolute monarchy 
Nov 12, 1727
France & Bavaria renew secret treaty 
Nov 12, 1775
General Washington forbids recruiting officers enlisting blacks 
Nov 12, 1793
Jean Sylvain Bailly, the first Mayor of Paris, is guillotined. 
Nov 12, 1799
Andrew Ellicott makes the first known record of a meteor shower observation in the U.S, from a ship off the coast of Florida Keys 
Nov 12, 1813
Allied troops occupy Zwolle Neth 
Nov 12, 1823
Great North Holland Canal (Amsterdam) opens 
Nov 12, 1833
The great Leonid Meteor shower was recorded 
Nov 12, 1847
Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic. 
Nov 12, 1859
Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris) He also designed garment that bears his name 
Nov 12, 1873
Bay District Race Track opens 
Nov 12, 1885
Montreal & Britannia Football Clubs (QRFU) defeat Ontario Combined Team (ORFU) 3-0 in CRFU Championship game 
Nov 12, 1892
Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player 
Nov 12, 1892
Allegheny Athletic Association beats Pitts Athletic CLub, 4-0 in football 
Nov 12, 1893
The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan - the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two sister nations. 
Nov 12, 1894
Lawrence Hargrave, Australian aeronautical pioneer and inventor of the box kite, linked four huge box kites together and flew - but remained attached to the ground by piano wire 
Nov 12, 1899
British troops reach Durban Natal 
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