Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 12, 2005
Thursday, December 12, 2002
Tuesday, December 12, 2000
"Bush v. Gore": The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida presidential recount, effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to George W. Bush, although some sources claimed Gore had won, by many overvotes, rejected by computer, showing votes for Gore plus write-in Gore.
Friday, December 12, 1997
Demonstrations occur in the state capitals of Australia against the WTO and IMF.
Thursday, December 12, 1996
is seriously injured in an assassination attempt.
Sunday, December 12, 1993
Canadian Prime Minister Kim Cbell resigns as head of the Conservative Party, to be succeeded by Jean Charest.
Saturday, December 12, 1992
Thursday, December 12, 1991
Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR denounced Union Treaty of 1922 and ratified Belavezha Accords instead.
Monday, December 12, 1988
Thursday, December 12, 1985
Sunday, December 12, 1982
Saturday, December 12, 1970
A landslide in western Colombia leaves 200 dead.
Friday, December 12, 1969
The Piazza Fontana bombing
in Italy (Strage di Piazza Fontana) takes place. A U.S. Navy officer and C.I.A.
agent called David Carrett is later investigated for possible involvement.
Thursday, December 12, 1963
becomes independent, with Jomo Kenya
tta as prime minister.
Monday, December 12, 1960
The U.S. Navy's Commander Leroy Heath (the pilot) and Lieutenant Larry Monroe (the bombardier/navigator) establish a world flight-altitude record of 91,450 feet (27,874 m), with payload, in an A-5 Vigilante twinjet bomber carrying a 1,000 kilogram payload, and they better the previous world record by over four miles (6 km).
Wednesday, December 12, 1956
Tuesday, December 12, 1950
becomes the first woman in the United States to serve a congregation as a Rabbi
Friday, December 12, 1947
21 December - 400,000 slaughtered during mass migration of Hindus and Muslims into the new states India and Pakistan.
The first practical electronic
transistor is demonstrated by Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley of the United States.
Tuesday, December 12, 1944
ndash WWII: British units attempt to take the hilltop town of Tossignano, but are repulsed.
Friday, December 12, 1941
The United States seizes the French ship .
Hungary and Romania
declare war on the United States.
The Kimura Detachment of the Japanese Imperial forces is occupied in Legaspi, Albay in Eastern Philippines.
Thursday, December 12, 1940
Plutonium is first synthesized in the laboratory by a team led by Glenn T. Seaborg and Edwin McMillan at the University of California, Berkeley.
Royal Navy Fairey Swordfish based on Malta bomb Tripoli.
WWII British destroyers sink an Italian submarine off Bardia
Tuesday, December 12, 1939
Wednesday, December 12, 1923
Tuesday, December 12, 1916
Sunday, December 12, 1915
Chinese president Yuan Shikai declares himself Emperor.
Saturday, December 12, 1914
The New York Stock Exchange re-opened, having been closed since 1 Aug 1914 except for bond trading.
Friday, December 12, 1913
Thursday, December 12, 1816
Wednesday, December 12, 1804
Spain declares war on Britain
Wednesday, December 12, 1787
Wednesday, December 12, 1781
Reverend Samuel Peters
publishes his "General History of Connecticut", using the term blue law
for the first time.
Thursday, December 12, 1765
James Watt makes a breakthrough in the development of the steam engine by constructing a model with a separate condenser.
The first true restaurant opens in Paris
, where a tavern
-keeper named Boulanger sells cooked dishes at an all-night place on the Rue Bailleul.
The "Pennsylvania Gazette" reports that Dr. Huston, the recently instated Distributor of Sts for the Royal Colony of North Carolina, has resigned his post in protest at the St Act.
Saturday, December 12, 1716
Tsar Peter the Great of Russia studies with the physician Herman Boerhaave at Leiden University.
Saturday, December 2, 1531 (Julianian calendar)
An enormous drought
province, China, coupled with a gigantic swarm of locust
s in the summer, forces many in destitute agricultural communities to turn to cannibalism
instead of dying by starvation
Thursday, December 2, 1501 (Julianian calendar)
Amerigo Vespucci maps the two stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, as well as the stars of the constellation Crux, which are below the horizon in Europe.
Michelangelo returns to his native Florence to begin work on the statue "David".
Czar Ivan III of Russia invades the Grand Duchy of Lithuania during the Muscovite–Lithuanian Wars.
Saturday, December 3, 1474 (Julianian calendar)
The Republic of Venice
enacts a decree that new and inventive devices, once put into practice, have to be communicated to the Republic to obtain the right to prevent others from using them, the first modern patent "system".
Upon the death of Henry IV of Castile
, a civil war ensues between his designated successor Isabella I of Castile
and her sister Juana
, who is supported by her husband, Alfonso V of Portugal
. Isabella wins the civil war after a lengthy struggle when her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon
, the newly crowned king of Aragon, comes to her aid.
The Treaty of Utrecht put an end to the Anglo-Hanseatic War.
Saturday, December 5, 1254 (Julianian calendar)
dogma of purgatory is clarified and so named by the Catholic
Tuesday, December 8, 884 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, December 9, 627 (Julianian calendar)