What Happened On This Day – November 12
1991 Dili massacre
Several pro-independence protesters were shot at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, East Timor by Indonesian soldiers. about 250 people were killed in this event, which is also known as the Dili massacre or the Santa Cruz massacare
1990 Coup in Lesotho
Justin Metsing Lekhanya staged a coup against King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho and took over the government of Lesotho. Lekhanya was deposed a few months later in another military coup.
1984 First salvage operation in space
Astronauts Dale A. Gardner and Joseph P. Allen aboard space shuttle Discovery performed a series of space walks to salvage parts from two satellites, the Palapa B-2 and the Westar 6 which had steered away from their orbits.
1981 STS-2 launched
The second space shuttle mission by NASA, space shuttle Columbia was launched from NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first time a manned space shuttle had been launched twice.
1966 First images of a Solar Eclipse taken from space
The crew of Gemini 12 which included Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin were able to view and take pictures of the total solar eclipse over South America.
Births On This Day – November 12
1980 Ryan Gosling
Canadian actor, singer
1945 Neil Young
Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1934 Charles Manson
American cult leader, murderer
1866 Sun Yat-sen
Chinese revolutionary, politician, 1st President of the Republic of China
1840 Auguste Rodin
French sculptor, created The Thinker
Deaths On This Day – November 12
2010 Henryk Górecki
1969 Iskander Mirza
Pakistani politician, 1st President of Pakistan
1939 Norman Bethune
1757 Colley Cibber
1035 Cnut the Great