This Day in History – January 12

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January 12

Pick up any date of the month and think about how many times this particular date-month combination occurred previously. There might be some historical event which happened on every said date. Do you want to know what happened on January 12? Read this blog to find out all the key events which happened on January 12!

475  – Basiliscus Takes Over
The general of Byzantine Emperor Zeno, Basiliscus takes over the empire after Zeno is forced to flee Constantinople. 

1528 – Gustav I of Sweden
Gustav Eriksson of the Vasa noble family became the office crowned king of Sweden on 12 January 1528. 

1554 – Bayinnaung Becomes King of Burma
Bayinnaung who is credited with organising the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia became the King of Burma. 

1616 – Founding of the City of Belem
On 12 January 1616, the city of Belem in Brazil was founded by Portuguese captain Francisco Caldeira Castelo Branco. 

1808 – Wernerian Natural History Society
Wernerian Natural History Society was founded by Robert Jameson, a Regius Professor as a society for people who had an inclination towards natural philosophy. 

1848 – Sicilian Revolution of Independence
People rose against the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies as a part of the Sicilian Revolution of Independence titled Palermo Rising. 

1866 – Royal Aeronautical Society
The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded on 12 January 1866 in the UK. 

1895 – Founding of the National Trust
The national Trust was founded on 12 January 1866 in the UK. 

1911 – University of the Philippines College of Law
The University of the Philippines College of Law was established on 12 January 1866. 

1995 – Right to Vote for Women
A proposal to give women the right to vote is rejected by the United States House of Representatives. 

1916 – Pour le Mérite
Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann become the first aviators to earn Pour le Mérite, the highest military award of the German Empire. 

1918 – Minnie Pit Disaster
The biggest coalfield disaster took place in North Staffordshire Coalfield on 12 January 1918 killing 155 men. 

1932 – First Women in the US Senate
The United States Senate got its first elected female member, Hattie Caraway on 12 January 1932. 

1942 – National War Labor Board
The National War Labor Board was established in Us during the second World War to solve internal labour disputes. 

1945 – Vistula–Oder Offensive
On 12 January 1945 the Red Army began the Vistula–Oder Offensive during the second World War. 

1962 – Operation Chopper (Vietnam)
With the Operation Chopper, the United States forces made its first major combat in the Vietnam War. 

1964 – Zanzibar Revolution
On 12 January 1964 began the Zanzibar Revolution which eventually led to the overthrow of the Sultan of Zanzibar. 

1967 – First Cryonic Preservation
The beginning of Cryonic Preservation with Dr. James Bedford undergoing the process. 

1970 – Nigerian Civil War Ends
The Nigerian Civil ease ended on 12 January 1970 with the surrender of Biafra. 

1990 – Baku Pogrom
The seven day Baku pogrom was directed against ethnic Armenian inhabitants of Baku with an aim of expelling them from the city. 

1998 – Human Cloning
Human Cloning is forbidden by 19 European countries. 

2001 – Downtown Disney
On 12 January 2001, Downtown Disney an outdoor shopping center was opened in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. 

2004 – RMS Queen Mary 2
British transatlantic ocean liner named RMS Queen Mary 2 marked its first journey on 12 January 2004. 

2005 – Deep Impact (spacecraft)
A NASA spacecraft named Deep Impact is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

2006 – Stampede during Hajj in Mina
On January 12, 2006 in Mina during Hajj, a stampede occurred, killing over 346 pilgrims and injuring 289 others. 

2010 –  Haiti Earthquake
On 12 January 2010 occurred the Haiti earthquake of a 7.0 magnitude killing over 100,000 to 316,000 people. 

2012 – Romanian Protests
On 12 January 2012 began the protests in Romania against the new health reform legislation. 

2015 –  Raid on Kolofata
143 Boko Haram Fighters are killed in a government raid in Kolofata, Cameroon. 

2020 – Taal Volcano Erupts
The Taal Volcano of Philippines last erupted on 12 January 2020 killing 39 people.

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