12 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Julius Caesar, 100 BC
  • Josiah Wedgwood, 1730
  • Henry David Thoreau, 1817
  • Sir William Osler, 1849
  • George Eastman, 1854
  • Max Jacob, 1876
  • Kirsten Flagstad, 1895
  • Buckminster Fuller, 1895
  • Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895
  • Pablo Neruda, 1904
  • Milton Berle, 1908
  • Andrew Wyeth, 1917
  • Vera Hruba Ralston, 1919
  • Van Cliburn, 1934
  • Bill Cosby, 1937
  • John Lahr, 1941
  • Christine McVie, 1943
  • Richard Simmons, 1948
  • Brian Grazer, 1951
  • Kristi Yamaguchi, 1971

Died On This Day:

  • Desiderius Erasmus, 1536
  • William I (The Silent) Prince of Orange, 1584
  • Alexander Hamilton, 1804
  • Dolly Madison, 1849
  • Charles Rolls, 1910
  • Lon Chaney, Jr., 1973
  • Ted Mack, 1976
  • Minnie Riperton, 1979
  • Kenneth More, 1982
  • Josh Logan, 1988
  • John Chancellor, 1996

Today's Events:

  • 1191 - Crusaders under Richard I (the Lionheart) victorious in the Siege of Acra, deadliest event of Third Crusade.
  • 1543 - Henry VIII marries sixth and last wife Catherine Parr.
  • 1561 - Russian Orthodox St. Basil's Cathedral consecrated in Red Square, Moscow.
  • 1691 - William III defeats James II at Aghrim, Ireland.
  • 1776 - Captain James Cook begins his last voyage from Plymouth during which he discovers Hawaiian Islands.
  • 1799 - Political assassinations banned in Britain.
  • 1831 - Belgium separated from Holland.
  • 1859 - Patent on paper bag manufacturing machine granted to William Goodale of Clinton, Mass.
  • 1862 - Congress creates the Congressional Medal of Honor (Civil War).
  • 1878 - British take possession of Cyprus from Turkey.
  • 1882 - America's first ocean pier has opening celebration at Atlantic City, NJ.
  • 1957 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes first president to fly in a helicopter.
  • 1962 - Musical group called Rolling Stones plays first gig ever at Marquee Club, London.
  • 1967 - Race riots in Newark, New Jersey.
  • 1967 - US Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney says US Public Health Service now believes smoking causes lung cancer.
  • 1979 - Thousands riot at Comiskey Park, Chicago, and burn disco albums in protest against bad music.
  • 1984 - Walter Mondale names Geraldine Ferraro first woman vice presidential running-mate.
  • 2005 - World record price of £15.68 million paid for 14th Century Yuan Dynasty Chinese jar at Christie's, London.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • John Gualberto
  • Nabor and Felix
  • Veronica
  • John the Iberian

Holiday:

  • Orangeman's day (Northern Ireland) celebrating Battle of Boyne (7/1)
  • National Day in Sao Tome and Principe

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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