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What Happened On This Day In History?
Thursday, December 12th 2019
Today is the 346th day of 2019. There are 19 days left in this year.
Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina took his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first black congressman.
Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.
The "Katzenjammer Kids," a comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, debuted in the Sunday supplement of the "New York Journal."
''The Katzenjammer Kids,'' the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.
The golf tee was patented by George F. Grant of Boston.
Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi sent the first wireless signal, from England to Newfoundland, 2232 miles away.
The "Mona Lisa" painting, stolen in 1911 from the Louvre in Paris, was recovered in Florence, Italy.
Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska.
The first motel - the ''Motel Inn'' - opened in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. gunboat Panay on China's Yangtze River. Japan later apologized and paid $2.2 million dollars in reparations.
A United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to be the site of U.N. headquarters.
The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
British engineer Christopher Cockerell patented the first hovercraft.
Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones has a nine-month jail sentence overturned at the Court of Appeal in London.
Simultaneous bomb explosions in Milan and Rome leave at least 27 people dead and 100 injured.
Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to trying to kill President Ford.
An Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland, killing 248 American soldiers and eight crew members.
England's Princess Anne becomes Mrs Timothy Laurence after a small family wedding in Scotland.
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the international terrorist known as ''Carlos the Jackal,'' went on trial in Paris on charges of killing two French investigators and a Lebanese national. (Convicted, he is serving a life prison sentence.)
The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Clinton. The case was submitted to the full House.
A divided U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida. Democrat Al Gore conceded defeat to Republican George W. Bush the following day.
The Marine Corps grounded all eight of its high-tech V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft following a fiery crash in North Carolina that killed four Marines.
John Jay, American statesman, first Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court (1789-1795).
Gustave Flaubert, French author.
Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter.
Edward G. Robinson, Romanian-born American stage and film actor.
Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor.
Bob Barker, game show host.
Edward Koch, former New York City mayor.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver.
Robert Browning, English poet of the Victorian age.
Douglas Fairbanks, American film actor and producer.
Florida Governor Lawton Chiles died in Tallahassee at age 68.
Former U.S. Representative Morris K. Udall died in Washington D.C. at age 76.
''Catch-22'' author Joseph Heller died in East Hampton, N.Y., at age 76.