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  • Pisa, Italy
    Saturday Apr 12, 1264

    Leaning Tower of Pisa

    Giovanni di Simone

    Pisa, Italy
    Saturday Apr 12, 1264

    On 12 April 1264, the master-builder Giovanni di Simone, the architect of the Camposanto, and 23 workers went to the mountains close to Pisa to cut marble. The cut stones were given to Rainaldo Speziale, worker of St. Francesco.




  • Italy
    Sunday Apr 12, 1615

    Galileo Galilei

    Foscarini sent a copy of his book to Bellarmine

    Italy
    Sunday Apr 12, 1615

    Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, one of the most respected Catholic theologians of the time, was called on to adjudicate the dispute between Galileo and his opponents. The question of heliocentrism had first been raised with Cardinal Bellarmine, in the case of Paolo Antonio Foscarini, a Carmelite father; Foscarini had published a book, Lettera ... sopra l'opinione ... del Copernico, which attempted to reconcile Copernicus with the biblical passages that seemed to be in contradiction. Bellarmine at first expressed the opinion that Copernicus's book would not be banned, but would at most require some editing so as to present the theory purely as a calculating device for "saving the appearances" (i.e. preserving the observable evidence). Foscarini sent a copy of his book to Bellarmine, who replied in a letter of April 12, 1615.




  • Tübingen, Kingdom of Württemberg (Present Day Tübingen, Germany)
    Friday Apr 12, 1895

    Lothar Meyer

    Death

    Tübingen, Kingdom of Württemberg (Present Day Tübingen, Germany)
    Friday Apr 12, 1895

    Meyer served until his death from a stroke on April 11, 1895 at the age of 64.




  • Palestine
    Monday Apr 12, 1909

    David Ben-Gurion

    Arab from Kafr Kanna was killed

    Palestine
    Monday Apr 12, 1909

    On 12 April 1909, following an attempted robbery in which an Arab from Kafr Kanna was killed, Ben-Gurion was involved in fighting during which one guard and a farmer from Sejera were killed.




  • Spain
    Sunday Apr 12, 1931

    Spanish Civil War

    General Dámaso Berenguer

    Spain
    Sunday Apr 12, 1931

    Support for the Rivera regime gradually faded, and Miguel Primo de Rivera resigned in January 1930. He was replaced by General Dámaso Berenguer, who was in turn himself replaced by Admiral Juan Bautista Aznar-Cabañas; both men continued a policy of rule by decree. There was little support for the monarchy in the major cities. Consequently, King Alfonso XIII gave in to popular pressure for the establishment of a republic in 1931 and called municipal elections for 12 April of that year. The socialist and liberal republicans won almost all the provincial capitals, and following the resignation of Aznar's government, King Alfonso XIII fled the country.




  • Albania
    Wednesday Apr 12, 1939

    World War II

    Italy conquered Albania

    Albania
    Wednesday Apr 12, 1939

    Italy conquered Albania in April 1939.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Monday Apr 12, 1943

    Martin Bormann

    Hitler Officially appointed Bormann as Personal Secretary to The Führer

    Berlin, Germany
    Monday Apr 12, 1943

    Preoccupied with military matters and spending most of his time at his military headquarters on the eastern front, Hitler came to rely more and more on Bormann to handle the domestic policies of the country. On 12 April 1943, Hitler officially appointed Bormann as Personal Secretary to the Führer. By this time Bormann had de facto control over all domestic matters, and this new appointment gave him the power to act in an official capacity in any matter.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    Harry S. Truman

    A President

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    33rd President of the United States.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    Harry S. Truman

    Truman's brief vice-presidency was relatively uneventful

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    Truman had been vice president for 82 days when President Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    World War II

    Roosevelt death

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    Several changes in leadership occurred during this period. On 12 April, President Roosevelt died and was succeeded by Harry S. Truman.


  • Shanghai, China
    Saturday Apr 12, 1947

    Chinese Civil War

    Shanghai Massacre

    Shanghai, China
    Saturday Apr 12, 1947

    On April 12, in Shanghai, many Communist members in the KMT were purged through hundreds of arrests and executions on the orders of General Bai Chongxi. The CPC referred to this as the April 12 Incident or Shanghai Massacre. This incident widened the rift between Chiang and Wang Jingwei, another warlord who controlled the city of Wuhan.


  • Tebedu, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Friday Apr 12, 1963

    Brunei revolt

    Capturing The Police Station at Tebedu

    Tebedu, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Friday Apr 12, 1963

    On 12 April, the police station at Tebedu in the 1st Division of Sarawak was attacked and captured. The attackers had come from Kalimantan. This marked the beginning of Confrontation.


  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Monday Apr 12, 1993

    Bosnian War

    Operation Deny Flight

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Monday Apr 12, 1993

    On 12 April 1993, NATO commenced Operation Deny Flight to enforce this no-fly zone.


  • Nyange, Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    Nyarubuye massacre

    Nyange, Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    One such massacre occurred at Nyarubuye. On 12 April, more than 1,500 Tutsis sought refuge in a Catholic church in Nyange, then in Kivumu commune.


  • Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The Belgian government announced that it was withdrawing

    Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    On 12 April, the Belgian government, which was one of the largest troop contributors to UNAMIR, and had lost ten soldiers protecting Prime Minister Uwilingiliyimana, announced that it was withdrawing, reducing the force's effectiveness even further.


  • British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Breaking Genetic code of the virus

    British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    On April 12, Marco Marra, director of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, which is part of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, announced that scientists at his centre had broken the genetic code of the virus suspected of causing the disease.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS New infections in Canda

    Toronto, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    In Toronto, three more people died of SARS, bringing the Canadian death toll to 13.


  • Casibare, Puerto Lleras, Meta, Colombia
    Wednesday Apr 12, 2006

    Colombian conflict

    Completing disarmament Process of Colombia's Paramilitary Groups

    Casibare, Puerto Lleras, Meta, Colombia
    Wednesday Apr 12, 2006

    Starting in 2004 a disarmament process was begun of Colombia's paramilitary groups (especially the AUC) and was completed on April 12, 2006, when 1,700 fighters turned in their weapons in the town of Casibare.


  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Uber

    Uber launches in Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Uber launches in Buenos Aires, Argentina amidst claims of illegality and taxi protests.


  • Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Facebook, Inc.

    Zuckerberg Outlined His 10 Year Vision

    Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    On April 12, 2016, Zuckerberg outlined his 10 year vision, which rested on three main pillars: artificial intelligence, increased global connectivity and virtual/augmented reality.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Kobe Bryant

    The last game

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    In the season finale on April 13, Bryant scored an NBA season-high 60 points against Utah in his last NBA game, outscoring the entire Jazz team 23–21 in the fourth quarter, in the Lakers' 101–96 victory. He became the oldest player to score 60 or more points in a game at 37 years and 234 days old. The Lakers finished the season with a 17–65 record, their worst record in franchise history.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 12, 2019

    Brexit

    The first alternative offered was that if MPs rejected May's deal in the next week

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 12, 2019

    The first alternative offered was that if MPs rejected May's deal in the next week, Brexit would be due to occur by 12 April 2019, with, or without, a deal—or alternatively another extension be asked for and a commitment to participate in the 2019 European Parliament elections given.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 12, 2019

    Brexit

    UK was required to leave the EU

    United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 12, 2019

    Following the failure of the UK Parliament to approve the Withdrawal Agreement by 29 March, the UK was required to leave the EU on 12 April 2019.


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