12th November, on this day

607 Boniface III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
764 Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days.
1028 Future Byzantine empress Zoe marries Romanus Argyrus according to the wishes of the dying Constantine VIII
1439 Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.
1555 The English Parliament re-establishes Catholicism.
1660 In Britain, English author John Bunyan is arrested for preaching without a licence. Refusing to give up preaching, he remains in prison for 12 years
1775 General Washington forbids recruiting officers enlisting blacks
1793 Jean Sylvain Bailly, the first Mayor of Paris, is guillotined.
1847 Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
1859 Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris). He also designed the garment that bears his name
1893 The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan - the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two sister nations.
1905 Norway holds a referendum in favor of monarchy over republic.
1910 1st Movie stunt: man jumps into Hudson river from a burning balloon
1912 The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
1915 Britain annexes Gilbert and Ellice Islands
1918 Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary abdicates, Austria becomes a republic
1919 England to Australia flight : Ross and Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia
1920 Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes sign the Treaty of Rapallo
1921 Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments
1927 Trotsky expelled from Soviet CP; Stalin becomes undisputed dictator
1927 Britain's first automatic telephone exchange opens in London
1928 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes and sinks off Virginia, kills 110
1931 Sir Edward Elgar opens the Abbey Road recording studios in London - later to made famous as the recording studio used by The Beatles
1933 Nazis receive 92% of vote in Germany
1936 1st TV Gardening show
1938 Hermann Goering announces he wants Madagascar as a Jewish homeland
1939 Jews of Lodz, Poland are ordered to wear yellow armbands
1940 Blizzard strikes midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes)
1941 Germans troops reach the outskirts of Moscow. Temperatures around Moscow drop to -12 ° C and the Soviet Union launches ski troops for the first time against the freezing German forces near the city
1941 The Soviet cruiser "Chervona Ukraina" is destroyed during the Battle of Sevastopol
1942 The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal between Japanese and American forces begins near Guadalcanal, which would last for three days.
1944 Tirpitz, the last of Germany's fleet of unsinkable battleships, is sunk in a Norwegian fjord by Lancaster bombers
1946 A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens the first ten drive-up teller windows.
1946 Walt Disney's "Song Of The South" released
1948 Japan's former premier Hideki Tojo and several other Japanese criminals from World War II, are sentenced to death
1951 In Britain, the first television transmission of 'Come Dancing'
1951 17 die in a train crash in Woodstock, AL
1954 Ellis Island, immigration station in NY Harbor, closed
1955 Date returned to in "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future II"
1956 Largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, 1st sighted
1960 Mercury-Redstone 1 test launch fails at 10 cm altitude
1964 Paula Murphy sets female land speed record 226.37 MPH
1965 Venera 2 launched by Soviet Union toward Venus
1966 High schooler Robert Smith kills 7 for fame
1969 My Lai Massacre : Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
1970 The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous exploding whale incident.
1971 As part of Vietnamization, US President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam
1977 New Orleans elects 1st black mayor, Ernest (Dutch) Morial
1979 US halts Iranian oil imports and freezes Iranian assets
1980 US space probe Voyager I approaches to within 77,000 miles (124,000 km) of Saturn
1981 1st balloon crossing of the Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
1982 Yuri V Andropov succeeds Leonid Brezhnev as Soviet leader
1983 4 die in a train crash in Marshall, Texas
1984 Space shuttle astronauts snared a satellite 1st space salvage
1989 Brazil holds 1st free presidential election in 29 years
1990 Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.
1990 Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web
1991 Santa Cruz massacre : Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of student protesters in Dili, East Timor.
1996 A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 and a Kazakh Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane collide in mid-air near New Delhi, killing 349.
1997 Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing
1997 Judges in Brazil reject Britain's application for Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs to be extradited to serve the rest of his prison sentence
1998 Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol
1998 Daimler-Benz completes a merger with Chrysler to form Daimler-Chrysler
1999 The Düzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
2001 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
2001 2001 Attack on Afghanistan : Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops.
2003 In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
2003 With 501 km/h (311 mph) Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world record for commercial railway systems.
2006 The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia.

November 12th 2005

Annan urges Iraq reconciliation

Riot erupts in French city centre

Jordan links al-Qaeda to attacks

November 12th 2006

Bombers kill Iraq police recruits

Hospital death sparks China riot

Hong Kong landmark piers closed

November 12th 2007

Deadly clash at Arafat Gaza rally

Iran launches anti-vice crackdown

Australia airline 'fat tax' urged

November 12th 2008

Paulson says US bail-out working

Baghdad shaken by series of bombs

Acid attack on Afghan schoolgirls

November 12th 2009

US presses Karzai on corruption

Murder charges over US killings

African slavery apology 'needed'

November 12th 2010

Haiti cholera outbreak prompts fresh UN aid plea

G20 agrees to address currencies

Airbus prepares safety warnings

November 12th 2011

Birthdates which occurred on November 12th:

1651 Juana Ines de La Cruz Mexico, poet/nun/feminist (Primer Sueno)
1790 Letitia Christian Tyler 1st wife of President Tyler
1815 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Johnstown NY, suffragist (80 Years & More)
1817 Bahá'u'lláh (Mirza Husayn Ali) founded Bahá'ís faith
1833 Aleksandr Borodin Russia, composer (Robert LeDiable)
1840 Auguste Rodin France, sculptor (Kiss, Thinker)
1841 Lord Rayleigh England, physicist/chancellor of Cambridge (1908-14)
1866 Sun Yat-sen father of modern China (ROC & PRC) (traditional)
1889 DeWitt Wallace St Paul MN, publisher, founded Readers Digest (1921)
19-- Dick Clair San Francisco CA, comedian "Clair & McMahon" (The Funny Side)
19-- Mary Louise Wilson New Haven CT, actress (Ginny-1 Day at a Time)
19-- Megan Mullally Los Angeles CA, actress (Molly-Ellen Burstyn Show)
19-- Richard Venture West New York NY, (Capt Leo Altobelli-Street Hawk)
1903 Jack Oakie Sedalia MO, actor (Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award)
1908 Harry A Blackmun Illinois, Supreme Court justice (1970- )
1912 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans NFL fullback (NY Giants)
1914 Roberto Cavanagh Argentina, polo (Olympic-gold-1936)
1914 Sylvi Saimo Finland, 500m kayak (Olympic-gold-1952)
1915 Roland Barthes French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer)
1918 Jo Stafford Coalinga CA, singer (I'll Never Smile Again)
1920 Richard Quine Detroit, actor (Clay Pigeon)
1922 Kim Hunter Detroit MI, actress (Planet of the Apes, Lilith)
1929 Grace Kelly Phil, Monaco princess/actress (Philadelphia Story, Rear Window)
1934 Ann Flood Jamaica NY, actress (As the World Turns, Edge of Night)
1934 Charles Manson [No Name Maddox], Cincinnati OH, criminal (Tate-Labianco)
1935 Jerry Douglas actor (John-Young & Restless)
1937 Ina Balin actress (Danger in Paradise)
1937 Richard H Truly Fayette Miss, Rear Adm USN/astro (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 8)
1939 Lucia Popp Uhorsk Ves Czechoslovakia, soprano (Die Zauberflute)
1943 Brian Hyland Queens NY, rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini)
1945 Al Michaels Brooklyn, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Baseball/Football)
1945 Neil Young Canada, singer/songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
1961 Nadia Comaneci Onesti Romania, gymnast (Oly-gold-1976, 80) (or 11/12)
1967 Charlie Pennaelino Queens NY, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way)
1973 Melanie Gaffin Santa Monica CA, actress (Cheryl-Whiz Kids)
1975 Angela Watson actress (Karen Foster-Step by Step)
1989 Paul Jessup actor (Mikie-Baby Talk)
1989 Ryan Jessup actor (Mikie-Baby Talk)


Deaths which occurred on November 12th:
1035 Canute "The Great" King of the Danes (1016-1035), dies at 41
1558 Rabbi Shalom Shakna ben Joseph founder of 1st Polish Yeshiva, dies
1962 Sid Tomack actor (Jim Gillis-Life of Riley, My Friend Irma)
1975 Anthony Ross TV host (Telltale Clue), dies at 69
1987 Roger Lewis aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
1990 Eve Arden actress (Our Miss Brooks), dies at 82

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