January 12 Events in History - January 12 Birthdays - January 12 Deaths
2015 Divers have retrieved one of two black boxes from Air Asia Flight 8501, which crashed on December 28th during its flight from Indonesia to Singapore; the second black box has been found nearby, but debris must first be moved in order to access it
2014 Pope Francis announces that on February 22, he will hold a Consistory and create 19 new Cardinals from 12 countries; the names of the Cardinals were released during the Holy Father's announcement
2014 At the 71st Golden Globe Awards, Best Motion Picture is awarded to '12 Years a Slave'; 'American Hustle is receives the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy award, with actress Amy Adams honored as Best Actress
2013 County Wicklow, Ireland holds funeral services for Irish mountaineer, Ian McKeever, who was killed by lightning on Mount Kilimanjaro
2013 The air pollution in Beijing reaches levels deemed hazardous to human health
2012 A law banning Palestinians who marry Israeli's from gaining citizenship is upheld by Israel's Supreme Court
2012 A ceasefire is signed between the Burmese government and the Karen rebels
2011 Haiti commemorates the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake
2011 A plan to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria is launched by the World Health Organization (WHO)
2010 A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, devastating its capital city, Port-au-Prince, an estimated 150,000 were killed and buried later in mass graves
2005 Deep Impact spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral
1997 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
1997 HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)
1997 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
1997 Space Shuttle STS-81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space
1997 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships
1996 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with U.S.)
1995 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan
1995 Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in LA
1995 Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia
1994 Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder
1994 Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1993 Doctors announce Pitts Penguin Mario Limeux has Hodgkin's disease
1993 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow
1992 13th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 27 awards
1992 Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished
1992 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
1992 Algeria's general elections canceled after strong gains by Islamic Salvation Front in the 1st round
1991 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)
1991 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)
1991 U.S. Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq
1990 Civil Rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln
1990 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)
1989 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)
1989 Idi Amin expelled from Zaire
1988 Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1987 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training
1986 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
1986 Chicago Blackhawks Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
1983 Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame
1983 NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August
1981 "Dynasty" with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
1981 -35 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
1981 Dynasty, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, premieres on ABC
1980 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
1979 6th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win
1979 LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
1979 Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
1977 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater New York City for 39 performances
1977 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
1976 U.N. Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Org
1975 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates
1975 Superbowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
1974 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
1974 Libya and Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
1972 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
1971 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
1971 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater New York City for 3 performances
1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
1971 Federal grand jury indicts Reverend Philip Berrigan and 5 others, including a nun and 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger
1970 Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria
1970 Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage
1969 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 355 performances
1969 Superbowl III: New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Joe Namath, New York Jets, quarterback
1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
1968 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
1967 Louisville, Kentucky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali
1966 "Batman" with Adam West and Burt Ward premieres on ABC TV
1966 12 day New York City transit strike ends
1966 Lyndon Baines Johnson says U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends
1966 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics
1965 "Hullabaloo" premieres on NBC-TV
1965 At 10:58 am PST burn up a nuclear rocket in Nevada
1964 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-17
1964 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence
1963 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
1963 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia vs. England
1961 "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 100 performances
1961 U.N. genocide pact goes into effect
1960 Sobers and Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt vs. England
1960 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points
1959 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
1958 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7
1958 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points
1957 Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded
1954 Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115
1954 Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament
1953 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
1952 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13
1952 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
1951 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1950 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
1950 U.S.S.R. re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage and sabotage
1949 "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" premieres on CBS TV
1949 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
1948 1st Supermarket in U.K. opens
1948 Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
1948 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Sipuel vs. Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
1946 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 113 performances
1946 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!," premieres in Rome
1946 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
1945 German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of Bulge
1945 U.S. Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea
1944 Churchill and de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh
1944 Failed resistance raid on distribution office of Borgerstraat Amsterd
1943 Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat and soy meal)
1942 British troops reconquer Sollum
1942 Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender
1942 National War Labor Board created
1937 Plow for laying submarine cable patented
1933 U.S. Congress recognize independence Philippines
1933 Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 dies
1932 France's Laval government falls
1932 Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator (D-Ark)
1932 Philip Barry's "Animal Kingdom," premieres in New York City
1930 NHL's Boston Bruins win then-record 14th consecutive game
1929 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana
1928 Philip Barry and Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin," premieres in New York City
1925 John Howard Lawson's "Processional," premieres in New York City
1924 History of Science Society organized at Boston
1921 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
1920 Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to
1918 Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4
1916 Britain proclaims Gilbert and Ellice Is colony in Pacific
1915 House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote
1912 -47 degrees F (-44 degrees C), Washta, Iowa (state record)
1907 Britain grants responsible government to former colony of Transvaal
1906 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100
1906 Football rules committee legalizes forward pass
1904 Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison
1903 Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam
1900 Freeland Colony founded in US
1896 1st X-ray photo in U.S. (Dr. Henry Smith, Davidson NC)
1879 British Zulu War begins: Lieutenant-General Chelmsford invades Zululand
1867 Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo," premieres in St. Petersburg
1865 Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher NC
1863 President Davis delivers his "State of Confederacy" address
1842 Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
1839 Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn
1836 Battle of Wetumka, Florida
1836 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach Sydney, Australia
1820 Royal Astronomical Society founded in England
1816 France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever
1812 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez
1809 British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from French (until 1814)
1807 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden, Netherlands, 150 die
1806 French evacuate Vienna
1777 Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in California
1755 Tsarina Elisabeth establishes 1st Russian University
1723 Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres, London
1701 Frisia and Groningen begin use of Gregorian calendar
1701 Parts of Netherlands adopt Gregorian calendar
1684 French king Louis XIV marries Madame Maintenon
1598 Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso
1583 Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583)
1552 Dutch west coast hit by heavy storm, 100s killed
1493 Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily