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On This Day in History, January 12

What Happened On This Day – January 12

  • 2010 An earthquake kills 316,000 in Haiti

    Most of the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, was destroyed during the disaster.

  • 1991 The U.S. Congress votes for war in Iraq

    President George H. W. Bush was given the authority to use military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait.

  • 1969 Led Zeppelin releases their debut album

    The album was imaginatively named “Led Zeppelin”.

  • 1967 James Bedford is frozen with intent of future resuscitation

    Bedford was the first human to be cryonically preserved; his body awaits resuscitation in Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • 1908 The first long-distance radio message is broadcast from the Eiffel Tower in Paris

    Scientist Lee de Forest's broadcast was heard by an audience of 50.

Births On This Day – January 12

  • 1968 Heather Mills

    English model, activist

  • 1917 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

    Indian guru

  • 1916 P. W. Botha

    South African politician, 1st State President of South Africa

  • 1876 Jack London

    American author

  • 1729 Edmund Burke

    Irish politician, philosopher

Deaths On This Day – January 12

  • 2005 Amrish Puri

    Indian actor

  • 2003 Maurice Gibb

    English singer-songwriter bass player, producer

  • 1976 Agatha Christie

    English author

  • 1971 John Tovey, 1st Baron Tovey

    English admiral

  • 1856 Ľudovít Štúr

    Slovak politician, author

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