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    What happened on January 12 in History

    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    January 12, 1872Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
    January 12, 1879The British-Zulu War begins. British troops — under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus — invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.
    January 12, 1908A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
    January 12, 1913Kiel and Wilhelmshaven become submarine bases in Germany.
    January 12, 1915The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.
    January 12, 1926U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.
    January 12, 1927U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg claims that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles is aiding communist plot in Nicaragua.
    January 12, 1932Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90.
    January 12, 1938Austria recognizes the Franco government in Spain.
    January 12, 1940Soviet bombers raid cities in Finland.
    January 12, 1943Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad.
    January 12, 1952The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
    January 12, 1962The United States resumes aid to the Laotian regime.
    January 12, 1973Yassar Arafat is re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
    January 12, 1982Peking protests the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.
    January 12, 1991The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis.
    January 12, 1998Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning.
    January 12, 2010An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 316,000 people.
    Born on January 12
    January 12, 1588John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
    January 12, 1737John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
    January 12, 1876Jack London, American writer (The Call of the Wild).
    January 12, 1893Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, commander of the Luftwaffe.
    January 12, 1903Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist, known as the “father of the Soviet atomic bomb.”
    January 12, 1905Tex Ritter, singer, actor (“Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?”).
    January 12, 1907Sergi Korolev, engineer, lead rocket engineer and spacecraft designer for the Soviet Union during the 1950s and ’60s; often called the “father of practical astronautics”.
    January 12, 1916P.W. Botha, first State President of South Africa (1984-89).
    January 12, 1923Ira Hays, one of the US Marines photographed in the iconic image of raising a flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima; member of the Pima tribe; portrayed himself in the movie Sands of Iwo Jima.
    January 12, 1926Ray Price, singer; leader in the “Nashville sound” movement that introduced lush arrangements into country music recording (“The Same Old Me,” “For the Good Times”).
    January 12, 1938Qazi Hussain Ahmad, former Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami, right-wing party in Pakistan; vocal critic of US counterterrorism policy.
    January 12, 1946Cynthia Robinson, musician, vocalist with the psychedelic soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone.
    January 12, 1949Michael W. Vannier, radiologist; played important role in advancing three-dimensional imaging and surgical planning.
    January 12, 1951Kirstie Alley, actress; won Emmy and Golden Globe as the leading actress in the TV series Cheers.
    January 12, 1951Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio talk show host, political commentator and author; a leading voice in the US neo-conservative movement.
    January 12, 1954Howard Stern, radio personality, author, TV show host; noted as a “shock jock” for his controversial comments on air.
    January 12, 1968Heather Mills, model, charity campaigner; continued modeling with a prosthetic limb after a leg amputation due to a traffic accident and founded Heather Mills Health Trust to assist amputees; married to former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (2003–2008).