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  • Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 12, 1799

    George Washington

    Washington inspected his farms on horseback in snow and sleet

    Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 12, 1799

    On Thursday, December 12, 1799, Washington inspected his farms on horseback in snow and sleet. He returned home late for dinner but refused to change out of his wet clothes, not wanting to keep his guests waiting. He had a sore throat the following day but again went out in freezing, snowy weather to mark trees for cutting. That evening, he complained of chest congestion, but was still cheerful.




  • Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 12, 1915

    Frank Sinatra

    Birth

    Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 12, 1915

    Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in an upstairs tenement at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Italian immigrants Natalina "Dolly" Garaventa and Antonino Martino "Marty" Sinatra.




  • Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    Xi'an Incident

    Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    On December 12, 1936, a deeply disgruntled Zhang Xueliang kidnapped Chiang Kai-shek in Xi'an, hoping to force an end to the conflict between KMT and CPC. To secure the release of Chiang, the KMT agreed to a temporary end to the Chinese Civil War .




  • Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    Chinese Civil War

    Xi'an Incident

    Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    On 12 December 1936, the disgruntled Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng conspired to kidnap Chiang and force him into a truce with the CPC. The incident became known as the Xi'an Incident.




  • England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Duke of Windsor

    England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    On 12 December 1936, at the accession meeting of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, George VI announced he was to make his brother the "Duke of Windsor" with the style of Royal Highness.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Dec 12, 1974

    Jimmy Carter

    Announced his candidacy for President of the United States

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Dec 12, 1974

    On December 12, 1974, Carter announced his candidacy for President of the United States at National Press Club in Washington, D.C. His speech contained themes of domestic inequality, optimism, and change.




  • Kuwait City, Kuwait
    Monday Dec 12, 1983

    Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis

    December 1983 bomb attacks on U.S. and French embassies

    Kuwait City, Kuwait
    Monday Dec 12, 1983

    Hours after the December 1983 bomb attacks on U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait, he fled to Iran.


  • Newfoundland, Canada
    Thursday Dec 12, 1985

    Plane Accidents

    Douglas DC-8, Arrow Air Flight 1285

    Newfoundland, Canada
    Thursday Dec 12, 1985

    Douglas DC-8, Arrow Air Flight 1285, On December 12, 1985, carrying American military personnel on a charter flight home for Christmas, crashed in Newfoundland; all 248 passengers and 8 crew members died. The Canadian Aviation Safety Board investigating the cause of the crash issued two different reports: the majority report cited ice on the wings as a cause of the crash; the minority report suggests an explosion was the likely cause.


  • Russia
    Thursday Dec 12, 1991

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Renouncing the 1922 Union Treaty

    Russia
    Thursday Dec 12, 1991

    On December 12, the Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR formally ratified the Belavezha Accords and renounced the 1922 Union Treaty.


  • Paris, France
    Friday Dec 12, 1997

    Carlos the Jackal

    The Trail

    Paris, France
    Friday Dec 12, 1997

    The trial began on 12 December 1997 and ended on December 23, when he was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.


  • Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday Dec 12, 1998

    Impeachment of Bill Clinton

    The Fourth and Final Article of Impeachment

    Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday Dec 12, 1998

    The next day, December 12, 1998, the House Judiciary Committee voted on the fourth and final article of impeachment, for making false statements, again strictly along party lines.


  • Japan
    Sunday Dec 12, 2004

    Sony Corporation

    Releasing The PlayStation Portable (PSP)

    Japan
    Sunday Dec 12, 2004

    Sony extended the brand to the portable games market in 2004 with the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The console has sold reasonably, but has taken a second place to a rival handheld, the Nintendo DS.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    The Federal Reserve instituted the Term Auction Facility to supply short-term credit to banks with sub-prime mortgages

    U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

    December 12, 2007: The Federal Reserve instituted the Term Auction Facility to supply short-term credit to banks with sub-prime mortgages.


  • Russia
    Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

    Garry Kasparov

    Kasparov announced that he had to withdraw his presidential candidacy

    Russia
    Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

    On 12 December 2007, Kasparov announced that he had to withdraw his presidential candidacy due to inability to rent a meeting hall where at least 500 of his supporters could assemble.


  • Paris, France
    Monday Dec 12, 2016

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    2016 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Monday Dec 12, 2016

    France Football announced that they would publish a shortlist of 30 players across six announcements with two hour intervals on 24 October 2016. On 12 December 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo won the award by a record margin of 429 points ahead of second-placed Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, who came third.


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