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Births for April 12


  • 1500 Joachim Camerarius, (Liebhard Kammerer), German humanist
  • 1573 Jacques Bonfrre, bible expert
  • 1579 Fran‡ois de Bassompierre, marshal of France
  • 1695 Caspar Burman, historian/mayor (Utrecht Neth)
  • 1777 Henry Clay, (the Great Compromiser), US politician
  • 1791 Francis Preston Blair, newspaper editor (Washington Globe)
  • 1793 Ferdinand I KLJM de Goedige, Emperor of Austria/king of Hungary
  • 1794 Germinal P Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry)
  • 1801 Joseph F K Lanner, Austria, composer/violist
  • 1823 Aleksandr Ostrovsky, Russian playwright (Artists & Admirers)
  • 1831 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter/sculptor
  • 1831 George Burgwyn Anderson, Brig General (Confederate Army)
  • 1831 Grenville Mellen Dodge, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1838 John Shaw Billings, US, librarian/army physician
  • 1856 William M Conway, English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen)
  • 1863 Raul d'Avila Pompeia, Brazilian writer (Boarding School)
  • 1869 Henri-D‚sir‚ Landru, French sex murderer
  • 1871 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general/dictator (1936-41)
  • 1878 Richard B Goldschmidt, German/US zoologist
  • 1879 Frederick G Melcher, US, publisher/editor/founded children book week
  • 1882 Pedro Regas, Sparta Greece, actor (Pat Paulsen's « Comedy Hour)
  • 1883 Imogen Cunningham, photographer (1965 ASMP award)
  • 1884 Otto Meyerhof, Germany, psychologist/biochemist (Nobel-1922)
  • 1885 Robert D‚launay, French painter
  • 1892 Johnny Dodds, early jazz clarinettist
  • 1898 Grantley H Adams, president of Barbados
  • 1902 Louis J M Beel, premier of Netherland (1945-47)
  • 1903 John Tinbergen, economist/UN advisor (Nobel 1969
  • 1908 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, president Colombia
  • 1910 Jrgen Rausch, German philosopher/author (End of the Playboys)
  • 1911 Darrell A Amyx, US archaeologist (Greek Ceramics)
  • 1912 Georges Franju, France, director (Judex, L'homme sans visage)
  • 1912 Herbert Mills, singer, (Mills Brothers)
  • 1915 Emil (Theodore) Petaja, US, sci-fi author (Star Mill, Tramontane)
  • 1917 M Marie Widlow, St Louis Mo, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957)
  • 1919 Maurice Girodias, French publisher
  • 1920 Robert Fizdale, Chicago Illinois, pianist (Misia)
  • 1923 Ann Miller, Houston Tx, dancer/actress (On the Town)
  • 1923 Maria Callas, opera singer (Carmen)
  • 1925 Johnny Jordan, England, cameraman (You Only Live Twice)
  • 1925 Tiny Tim, (Herbert Khaury), singer (Tiptoe Through the Tulips)
  • 1927 Jane Withers, Ga, actress (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber)
  • 1928 Brooklyn Supreme, Belgium, stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)
  • 1928 Hardy Kruger, Berlin Germany, actor (Barry Lyndon, Wrong is Right)
  • 1930 Betty Clooney, Maysville Ky, singer (Jack Paar Show)
  • 1930 Lou A de Count, Dutch asst secretary of State (CDA)
  • 1931 Billy Vaughn, Glasgow Ky, singer (Chapel by the Sea)
  • 1932 Jack Gelber, US, playwright (Connection, Apple)
  • 1933 Montserrat Caball‚, Barcelona Spain, soprano (Mimi-La Boheme)
  • 1936 Charles Napier, actor (Night Stalker, Rambo)
  • 1936 Kennedy A Simmonds, premier (St Kitts & Nevis, 1983- )
  • 1937 Igor Petrovich Volk, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1937 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player
  • 1940 Herbie Hancock, Chicago, pianist (I Thought it Was You)
  • 1941 Julio B Euson, Aruban singer (I Use the Soap)
  • 1942 Frank Bank, Hollywood Calif, actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver)
  • 1944 John Kay, rocker (Steppenwolf-Hour of the World)
  • 1946 Ed O'Neill, actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children)
  • 1946 Ren‚ Kr˜nen, sound check (Lesson Baroques)
  • 1947 Christian F L Leipoldt, South Africa, writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • 1947 Dan Lauria, actor (Jack Arnold-Wonder Years) (1947 approx)
  • 1947 David Letterman, Indianapolis Ind, comedian (Late Night)
  • 1950 David Cassidy, NYC, singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family)
  • 1951 Jackson Spires, rocker (Blackfoot)
  • 1952 Alexis Arguello, Managua Nicaragua, featherweight boxer (1974 champ)
  • 1954 Marvin Johnson, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1954 Pat Travers
  • 1956 Andy Garcia, Cuba, actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die)
  • 1958 Fish, (Derek Dick), rock vocalist (Marillion-Real to Reel)
  • 1958 Tony James, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • 1958 Will Sergeant, rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen-Killing Moon)
  • 1959 Elissa Leeds, NYC, actress (Cissy-Dorothy)
  • 1959 Pascal Barr‚, France, sprint relay team (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • 1959 Patrick Barr‚, France, sprint relay team (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • 1961 D D Verni, heavy metal rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)
  • 1961 Julius Kariuki, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1965 Elaine Zayak, NJ, figure skater
  • 1967 Mellow Man Ace, Cuba, spanish rapper
  • 1971 Shannen Doherty, Memphis Tn, actress (Little House, Bev Hills 90210)
  • 1978 Eddie Robinson, actor (Neil Atwater-Swan's Crossing)


Passings for April 12


  • 352 Julius I, pope (337-52), dies
  • 1550 Claude of Lutherans, duke of Guise, dies at 53
  • 1555 Johanna de Wanzinnige, Queen of Castilie (1504-20), dies
  • 1748 William Knows, English sculptor/architect (Kensington Palace), dies
  • 1777 Claude-Prosper J de Cr‚billon, French writer (Le sopha), dies
  • 1817 Charles Messier, "comet ferret" & catalogs famous "M objects,", dies
  • 1878 William M "Boss" Tweed, NY politician, dies
  • 1910 William G Sumner, US sociologist/politicologist, dies
  • 1912 Clara Barton, organized American Red Cross, dies at 90
  • 1938 Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author (Man & Mark), dies at 65
  • 1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd Pres (D) (1933-1945), dies at 63
  • 1946 August Borms, Flemish collaborator, executed
  • 1947 Christian DFL Leipoldt, South Africa physician/writer, dies
  • 1954 Pim (Willem JH) Mulier, journalist/sports-organizer, dies
  • 1956 Jos‚ Moscardo Ituarte, Spanish general (Alc zar 1936), dies
  • 1965 Linda Darnell, US actress (Dakota Incident, Unfaithfully Yours), dies
  • 1972 C W Ceram, (Kurt Marek), German/US writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • 1975 Jos‚phine Baker, US/French revue artist (Folies-Bergre), dies
  • 1976 Paul Ford, actor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74
  • 1977 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 1980 William R Tolbert Jr, Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup
  • 1981 Joe Louis, (Brown bomber), US heavyweight champ (1937-49), dies at 66
  • 1984 Ruth Taylor, actress, dies at 76
  • 1987 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
  • 1989 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52
  • 1989 Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer
  • 1991 James Schuyler, US poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • 1992 Joe Medwick, vocalist, dies at 61


Special events for April 12


  • 352 St Julius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1204 4th Crusade sacks Constantinople
  • 1606 England adopts Union Jack as its flag
  • 1770 Townsend Acts repealed
  • 1776 Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
  • 1787 Philadelphia's Free African Society forms
  • 1811 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, WA
  • 1826 1st performance of Webers opera Oberon (London)
  • 1849 A De Gasparis discovers asteroid #10 Hygiea
  • 1857 Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" published
  • 1858 1st US billards championship (Michael J Phelan wins)
  • 1859 Hibernia Savings & Loan Society of SF incorporates
  • 1861 Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War
  • 1862 James Andrews steals Confederate train (General) at Kennesaw, GA
  • 1864 Battle of Blair's Landing LA
  • 1864 Confederate Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tn
  • 1869 North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law
  • 1872 Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky (1 dead/$1,500)
  • 1877 British annex Transvaal, in South Africa
  • 1877 Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
  • 1898 Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in SF Bay to Navy
  • 1904 M Wolf discovers asteroid #531 Zerlina
  • 1905 French Dufaux brothers test helicopter
  • 1905 Hippodrome arena opens (NYC)
  • 1908 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
  • 1909 Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
  • 1911 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3h56m)
  • 1919 British Parliament signs 48 hour work week with minimum wages
  • 1926 Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms
  • 1927 Gen Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai
  • 1928 Assassination attempt on king Victor Emanuel II of Italy
  • 1931 Joe McCarthy becomes Yankee manager
  • 1931 Spanish voters reject the monarchy
  • 1933 Moffatt Field commissioned
  • 1934 Highest velocity wind ever recorded on Mt Washington, NH, 231 mph
  • 1934 Winds gust to 231 MPH on Mount Washington NH
  • 1935 Germany prohibits publishing "not-Arian" writers
  • 1938 1st US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (NY)
  • 1938 Chicago Black Hawks beat Tor Maple Leafs 3 games to 1 for Stanley Cup
  • 1939 G Kulin discovers asteroid #1489 Attila
  • 1940 Italy annexes Albania
  • 1940 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • 1941 Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings for Stanley Cup
  • 1942 Byron Nelson wins his 2nd Masters golf tournament
  • 1942 Japan kills about 400 Filapino officers in Bataan
  • 1943 Allies conquer Soussa, North-Africa
  • 1943 Catholic University Nijmegen seized
  • 1945 Troops free camp Westerbork
  • 1945 US liberates Buchenwald concentration camp
  • 1946 Syria gains independence from France
  • 1951 Israel Knesset designates day as Holocaust Day
  • 1952 Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government
  • 1953 Ben Hogan wins his 2nd Masters golf tournament
  • 1953 KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston
  • 1954 Belgian government-Houtte resigns
  • 1954 Billy Haley records "Rock Around the Clock"
  • 1954 Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
  • 1954 Minneapolis beats Syracuse, 4 games to 3, for NBA championship
  • 1954 Sam Snead beats Ben Hogan to win his 3rd Masters tournament
  • 1955 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
  • 1955 Salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched
  • 1957 Jim Spalding set a 2088 pin nine-game bowling record
  • 1958 St Louis beats Boston, 4 games to 2, for NBA championship
  • 1959 France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • 1960 Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"
  • 1960 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"
  • 1961 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner
  • 1961 Ray Charles wins 4 Grammys
  • 1961 Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
  • 1962 San Mateo County withdraws from BART district (SF Bay area)
  • 1963 Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
  • 1963 Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
  • 1964 Arnold Palmer wins his 4th Masters golf tournament
  • 1965 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • 1966 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
  • 1966 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • 1966 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
  • 1969 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • 1970 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio
  • 1973 Sudan adopts constitution
  • 1973 Swaziland suspends constitution
  • 1975 Linda Ronstadt releases "When Will I Be Loved"
  • 1979 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
  • 1980 Brewers beat Red Sox 18-1
  • 1980 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • 1981 Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched
  • 1982 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
  • 1983 Harold Washington becomes Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • 1985 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Gar
  • 1985 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of Moscow games
  • 1987 Larry Mize's 50-yard wedge shot ends Masters 3-way-tie
  • 1987 Texaco files for brankruptcy
  • 1988 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • 1988 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
  • 1989 Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
  • 1991 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
  • 1991 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • 1992 "Streetcar Named Desire" opens at Ethel Barrymore theater on Broadway
  • 1992 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, NY Knicks 61
  • 1992 Earthquake rocks Germany
  • 1992 Euro Disney opens in Marne-la-Vallee France
  • 1992 Fred Couples wins Golf's master
  • 1992 Lynn Gunther of Calif threatens to blow herself up in front of UN
  • 1992 Matt Young no-hits Cleveland, but loses 2-1
  • 1992 NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
  • 1992 Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle


Songs for date April 12


  • 04/12/69 --- Hawaii Five-O (Ventures)
  • 04/12/75 --- Only Yesterday (Carpenters)
  • 04/12/80 --- Stomp! (Brothers Johnson)
  • 04/12/80 --- Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer (Rogers, Kenny)
  • 04/12/86 --- All I Need Is A Miracle (Mike + The Mechanics)
  • 04/12/86 --- Is It Love (Mr. Mister)
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