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    What happened on October 12

    • October 12, 0539 BC - The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon.

    • October 12, 0638 Honorius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

    • October 12, 0642 John IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope

    • October 12, 1216 "King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge"

    • October 12, 1285 "180 Jews refuse baptism in Munich Germany, they are set on fire"

    • October 12, 1492 "Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached East Asia"

    • October 12, 1654 "The Delft Explosion devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100."

    • October 12, 1692 The Salem Witch Trials were ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.

    • October 12, 1773 America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia

    • October 12, 1776 British Brigade begins guarding Throgg Necks Road in the Bronx

    • October 12, 1792 First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York

    • October 12, 1793 "The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina"

    • October 12, 1810 First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

    • October 12, 1822 2nd eruption of Galunggung (Java) destroys summit of mountain

    • October 12, 1822 Peter I of Brazil is proclaimed the emperor of the Brazilian Empire.

    • October 12, 1823 Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs)

    • October 12, 1850 "The first women's medical college opens, in Pennsylvania."

    • October 12, 1853 "John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey's fans"

    • October 12, 1860 British and French troops capture Peking

    • October 12, 1861 Confederate ironclad Manassas attacks Union's Richmond on Mississippi

    • October 12, 1862 Maj Gen Earl Van Dorn assumes command of Conf troops in Missisippi

    • October 12, 1886 Hurricane and sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas

    • October 12, 1892 The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited in unison by students in US public schools.

    • October 12, 1899 Boer republic of South Africa declares war with England.

    • October 12, 1915 English nurse Edith Cavell executed by Germans in Belgium (WW II)

    • October 12, 1915 Theodore Roosevelt criticizes US citzens with dual nationalities

    • October 12, 1915 World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium

    • October 12, 1917 "The First Battle of Passchendaele, now Passendale"

    • October 12, 1918 A massive forest fire kills 453 people in Minnesota.

    • October 12, 1918 "Cloquet Minn and 25 other communities destroyed by forest fire, 559 die"

    • October 12, 1918 First use of iron lung (Boston's Children Hospital)

    • October 12, 1924 Sokolnicheskaya Radio begins broadcasting from Moscow

    • October 12, 1928 "An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston"

    • October 12, 1933 Alcatraz becomes a federal prison (unofficially)

    • October 12, 1933 "John Dillinger escapes from the Allen County, OH, jail"

    • October 12, 1939 First deportation of Austrian / Moravian Jews to Poland.

    • October 12, 1941 "Germans approach Moscow, partial evacuation of the city."

    • October 12, 1941 "This and the next day, German Nazis kill 11,000 Jews in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Einsatzkommando 6 massacres most of the remaining Jews of the city, marching them to a ravine where they were killed."

    • October 12, 1942 US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance

    • October 12, 1944 700 Riot Police are called in to restore order at Frank Sinatra Columbus Day appearance in New York City's Paramount Theater.

    • October 12, 1953 """The Caine Mutiny Court Martial"" opens at Plymouth Theatre, New York"

    • October 12, 1959 At the national congress of APRA in Peru a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party. They will later form APRA Rebelde.

    • October 12, 1960 Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippine assertion of Soviet Union colonialist policy being conducted in Eastern Europe

    • October 12, 1960 "Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated in Japan by Otoya Yamaguchi, a 17-year-old. The camera was rolling at that time."

    • October 12, 1960 Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe at UN General Assembly session

    • October 12, 1961 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Highwaymen - Michael

    • October 12, 1962 Infamous Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages

    • October 12, 1962 US/USSR sign joint space effort in telecommunications and meteorology

    • October 12, 1963 "Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel"

    • October 12, 1964 "Launch of Voskhod 1, First 3 man crew (Komarov, Feokistov, Yegorov)"

    • October 12, 1967 Vietnam War: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the U.S. Congress for peace initiatives were futile because of North Vietnam's opposition

    • October 12, 1968 19th modern Olympic games opens in Mexico City

    • October 12, 1968 Equatorial Guinea becomes independent from Spain

    • October 12, 1968 Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is First woman to light Olympic flame

    • October 12, 1969 Soyuz 7 is launched

    • October 12, 1969 Yoko Ono suffers another miscarriage

    • October 12, 1972 46 sailors injured in race riot on aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk

    • October 12, 1972 "En route to the Gulf of Tonkin, a racial brawl involving more than 100 sailors breaks out aboard the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk"

    • October 12, 1972 Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole

    • October 12, 1973 Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP

    • October 12, 1974 Number one hit on UK music charts - John Denver - Annie's Song

    • October 12, 1976 "4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach and land test (ALT) flight"

    • October 12, 1976 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Tse-tung as chairman of Communist Party

    • October 12, 1977 4th test of the space shuttle Enterprise

    • October 12, 1977 "US Supreme Court heard arguments in ""reverse discrimination"" case of Allan Bakke, white student denied admission to U of Calif Med School"

    • October 12, 1978 Representatives of Israel and Egypt open talks in Washington

    • October 12, 1979 "The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip."

    • October 12, 1980 "Ships of the Amphibious Force, Sixth Fleet, including Guadalcanal, began assisting the victims of the massive earthquake which devastated the Algerian city of Al Asnam."

    • October 12, 1982 "38.6 cm (15.2"") of rainfall, Angoon, Alaska (state record)"

    • October 12, 1983 Japan's former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei is found guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Lockheed and is sentenced to 4 years in jail.

    • October 12, 1984 "Brighton hotel bombing: Margaret Thatcher survives an IRA bomb, which shredded her bathroom barely two minutes after she had left it."

    • October 12, 1984 IRA bombs hotel where Margaret Thatcher is staying

    • October 12, 1985 Intl Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War receives Nobel Prize

    • October 12, 1985 Number one hit on UK music charts - Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love

    • October 12, 1986 "Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China"

    • October 12, 1988 "Two officers of the Victoria Police are gunned down executional style in the Walsh Street police shootings, Australia."

    • October 12, 1991 "Askar Akayev, previously chosen President of Kyrgyzstan by republic's Supreme Soviet, is confirmed president in an uncontested poll."

    • October 12, 1992 Expo '92 closes in Seville Spain

    • October 12, 1997 Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock.

    • October 12, 1999 Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.

    • October 12, 1999 The Day of Six Billion: The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born.

    • October 12, 2000 "The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39"

    • October 12, 2000 "USS Cole (Destroyer) was bombed while refuling in Aden, Yemen 17 sailors lost their lives"

    • October 12, 2002 "Terrorists detonate bombs in Paddy's Pub and the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300."

    • October 12, 2005 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fi Jnlng and Ni Hishng for five days in orbit.

    • October 12, 2006 A law is passed in France that makes denying the Armenian Genocide a crime.

    • October 12, 2006 "An enormous lake effect snow storm drops about 2 feet of heavy, water-laden snow on Western New York knocking out power for up to 10 days in some cases, and destroying or damaging tens of thousands of trees. The storm caused more than 1 billion dollars worth of damage."

    • October 12, 2009 "A large fire sweeps through a shanty town in Sao Paulo, Brazil, leaving at least 200 families without homes."

    • October 12, 2009 "Edgar Allan Poe receives a funeral in Baltimore, USA, 160 years after his death and 200 after his birth."

    • October 12, 2009 Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson win the Nobel Prize for Economics.

    • October 12, 2009 Guineans observe an opposition strike to commemorate those who died at an opposition rally last month.

    • October 12, 2009 India test fires two medium range Prithvi II missiles in the eastern state of Orissa.

    • October 12, 2009 "Kai Eide of Norway, the top United Nations official in Afghanistan, acknowledges ""widespread fraud"" took place during the recent presidential election in the country."

    • October 12, 2009 "North Korea fires five short range missiles into the Sea of Japan, after issuing a ""no sail zone"" for waters off its east and west coasts until October 20."

    • October 12, 2009 "Six Uyghurs are sentenced to death over riots in the western region of Xinjiang, China in July."

    • October 12, 2009 "The body of two-year-old Aisling Symes, who disappeared last week in New Zealand, is located in a drain in Henderson, Auckland, near the place where she was last sighted. oct132009 The planned 200 million US$ rebuilding and expansion of Stockholm's central library, built by architect Gunnar Asplund, is cancelled."

    • October 12, 2009 "The death toll from a blast in Pakistan's Shangla District has reached at least 41, with a further 45 injured."

    • October 12, 2009 "The government in East Timor faces a motion of no confidence after releasing an Indonesian militia member, Martenus Bere, accused of crimes against humanity a decade ago."

    • October 12, 2009 The pro-Kremlin United Russia party wins around 80% of regional and local seats in elections held in 76 regions in Russia. Opposition alleges vote rigging

    • October 12, 2009 "Two people are injured in a bomb attack in Milan, Italy, after a Libyan man explodes a device at the entrance of an army barracks."







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