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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.

Notable Events

1787
Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1870
Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina took his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first black congressman.
1896
Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.
1896
The "Katzenjammer Kids," a comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, debuted in the Sunday supplement of the "New York Journal."
1897
''The Katzenjammer Kids,'' the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.
1899
The golf tee was patented by George F. Grant of Boston.
1901
Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi sent the first wireless signal, from England to Newfoundland, 2232 miles away.
1913
The "Mona Lisa" painting, stolen in 1911 from the Louvre in Paris, was recovered in Florence, Italy.
1917
Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska.
1925
The first motel - the ''Motel Inn'' - opened in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
1937
Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. gunboat Panay on China's Yangtze River. Japan later apologized and paid $2.2 million dollars in reparations.
1946
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.
1947
The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
1955
British engineer Christopher Cockerell patented the first hovercraft.
1963
Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
1967
Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones has a nine-month jail sentence overturned at the Court of Appeal in London.
1969
Simultaneous bomb explosions in Milan and Rome leave at least 27 people dead and 100 injured.
1975
Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to trying to kill President Ford.
1985
An Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland, killing 248 American soldiers and eight crew members.
1992
England's Princess Anne becomes Mrs Timothy Laurence after a small family wedding in Scotland.
1997
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.)
1998
The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Clinton. The case was submitted to the full House.
2000
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.
2000
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.

Notable Births

1745
John Jay, American statesman, first Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court (1789-1795).
1821
Gustave Flaubert, French author.
1863
Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter.
1893
Edward G. Robinson, Romanian-born American stage and film actor.
1915
Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor.
1923
Bob Barker, game show host.
1924
Edward Koch, former New York City mayor.
1960
Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver.

Notable Deaths

1889
Robert Browning, English poet of the Victorian age.
1939
Douglas Fairbanks, American film actor and producer.
1998
Florida Governor Lawton Chiles died in Tallahassee at age 68.
1998
Former U.S. Representative Morris K. Udall died in Washington D.C. at age 76.
1999
''Catch-22'' author Joseph Heller died in East Hampton, N.Y., at age 76.
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