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  • Bogota, Colombia
    Friday Jan 12, 1827

    Simón Bolívar

    Back to Bogota

    Bogota, Colombia
    Friday Jan 12, 1827

    Bolívar is thus one of the few people to have a country named after him. Bolívar returned to Caracas on 12 January 1827, and then back to Bogotá.




  • Russian Empire
    Tuesday Jan 12, 1886

    Vladimir Lenin

    Death of father

    Russian Empire
    Tuesday Jan 12, 1886

    In January 1886, when Lenin was 15, his father died of a brain haemorrhage. Subsequently, his behaviour became erratic and confrontational and he renounced his belief in God.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Jan 12, 1888

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    Schoolhouse Blizzard

    U.S.
    Thursday Jan 12, 1888

    The Schoolhouse Blizzard, also known as the Schoolchildren's Blizzard, School Children's Blizzard, or Children's Blizzard, hit the U.S. plains states on January 12, 1888. The blizzard came unexpectedly on a relatively warm day, and many people were caught unaware, including children in one-room schoolhouses. The death toll from this blizzard is estimated to be in the range of 235 people.




  • Weihai, Shandong, China
    Saturday Jan 12, 1895

    First Sino-Japanese War

    Capturing Weihaiweii

    Weihai, Shandong, China
    Saturday Jan 12, 1895

    The Chinese fleet subsequently retreated behind the Weihaiwei fortifications. However, they were then surprised by Japanese ground forces, who outflanked the harbour's defenses in coordination with the navy. The Battle of Weihaiwei was a 23-day siege with the major land and naval components taking place between 20 January and 12 February 1895. Historian Jonathan Spence notes that "the Chinese admiral retired his fleet behind a protective curtain of contact mines and took no further part in the fighting." The Japanese commander marched his forces over the Shandong peninsula and reached the landward side of Weihaiwei, were the siege was eventually successful for the Japanese.




  • Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Jan 12, 1896

    X-ray

    First use under clinical conditions

    Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Jan 12, 1896

    The first use of X-rays under clinical conditions was by John Hall-Edwards in Birmingham, England on 11 January 1896, when he radiographed a needle stuck in the hand of an associate.




  • Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
    Thursday Jan 12, 1905

    1905 Russian Revolution

    Tsar appointed Dmitri Feodorovich Trepov as governor in St Petersburg

    Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
    Thursday Jan 12, 1905

    On 12 January, the Tsar appointed Dmitri Feodorovich Trepov as governor in St Petersburg.




  • Victoria, Australia
    Thursday Jan 12, 1939

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    Black Friday Bushfires

    Victoria, Australia
    Thursday Jan 12, 1939

    The Black Friday bushfires of 13 January 1939, in Victoria, Australia, were among the worst natural bushfires (wildfires) in the world. Almost 20,000 km2 (4,942,000 acres, 2,000,000 ha) of land was burned, 71 people died, several towns were entirely obliterated and the Royal Commission that resulted from it led to major changes in forest management. Over 1,300 homes and 69 sawmills were burned, and 3,700 buildings were destroyed.


  • Fort Benton, Montana, U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 1942

    Shep (American dog)

    Shep was run over by a train

    Fort Benton, Montana, U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 1942

    Shep kept this daily vigil for almost six years until he was run over by a train on January 12, 1942. It is believed that his front paws were on one of the rails and he simply did not hear the train until it was too late, and he slipped off the rail. The train's engineer could not stop the train in time.


  • Tonopah, Nevada, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 12, 1957

    Howard Hughes: The Aviator

    Marriage to Jean Peters

    Tonopah, Nevada, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 12, 1957

    On January 12, 1957, Hughes married actress Jean Peters at a small hotel in Tonopah, Nevada. The couple met in the 1940s before Peters became a film actress. They had a highly publicized romance in 1947 and there was the talk of marriage, but she said she could not combine it with her career. Some later claimed that Peters was "the only woman Hughes ever loved," and he reportedly had his security officers follow her everywhere even when they were not in a relationship. Such reports were confirmed by actor Max Showalter, who became a close friend of Peters while shooting Niagara 1953. Showalter told in an interview that because he frequently met with Peters, Hughes' men threatened to ruin his career if he did not leave her alone.


  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 12, 1964

    Jeff Bezos

    Birth

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 12, 1964

    Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on January 12, 1964, the son of Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and Ted Jorgensen.


  • Georgia, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 12, 1971

    Jimmy Carter

    Governor of Georgia

    Georgia, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 12, 1971

    Carter was sworn in as the 76th Governor of Georgia on January 12, 1971.


  • U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 1998

    Impeachment of Bill Clinton

    Commit Perjury

    U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 1998

    On January 12, 1998, Linda Tripp, who had been working with Jones' lawyers, informed Starr that Lewinsky was preparing to commit perjury in the Jones case and had asked Tripp to do the same. She also said Clinton's friend Vernon Jordan was assisting Lewinsky. Based on the connection to Jordan, who was under scrutiny in the Whitewater probe, Starr obtained approval from Reno to expand his investigation into whether Lewinsky and others were breaking the law.


  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 12, 2002

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Brawl in a game against the Chicago Bulls

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 12, 2002

    In January 2002, Shaq was involved in a spectacular on-court brawl in a game against the Chicago Bulls. He punched center Brad Miller after an intentional foul to prevent a basket, resulting in a melee with Miller, forward Charles Oakley, and several other players.


  • U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 2009

    Bitcoin

    Finney received ten bitcoins from Nakamoto

    U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 2009

    The receiver of the first bitcoin transaction was cypherpunk Hal Finney, who had created the first reusable proof-of-work system (RPoW) in 2004. Finney downloaded the bitcoin software on its release date, and on 12 January 2009 received ten bitcoins from Nakamoto. Other early cypherpunk supporters were creators of bitcoin predecessors: Wei Dai, creator of b-money, and Nick Szabo, creator of bit gold.


  • Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 12, 2015

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 12, 2015

    Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or as the World Player of the Year for a second consecutive time, having won it previously last year.


  • Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
    Thursday Jan 12, 2017

    Jacinda Ardern

    Mount Albert by-election

    Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
    Thursday Jan 12, 2017

    Ardern put forward her name for the Labour nomination for the Mount Albert by-election to be held in February 2017 following the resignation of David Shearer on 8 December 2016. When nominations for the Labour Party closed on 12 January 2017, Ardern was the only nominee and was selected unopposed.


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