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Births for January 12


  • 1483 Hendrik van Nassau-Dillenburg en Dietz, gov/viceroy of Holland
  • 1492 Andrea Alicati, Italian author
  • 1562 Charles Emanuel I, the great, Duke of Savoy
  • 1588 John Winthrop, 1st governor (Mass Bay Colony)
  • 1638 Earnest R Tarhemberg, Austrian field marshal (Turkish Wars)
  • 1665 Pierre de Fermat, French lawyer/mathematician
  • 1729 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Modena Italy, physiologist
  • 1737 John Hancock, patriot (1st to sign Declaration of Independence)
  • 1746 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Switzerland, educator
  • 1749 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian earl/prince/diplomat
  • 1751 Ferdinand I, king of Sicily & Naples
  • 1751 Jacob M R Lenz, writer (Das Leidende Weib)
  • 1792 Robert Patterson, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1881
  • 1807 John T Beelen, Dutch/Belgian bible expert
  • 1808 Paul "the Great" Taglioni, Vienna, ballet choreographer
  • 1810 Ferdinand II, king of Sicily
  • 1814 Jones Mitchell Withers, Mjr General (Confederate Army), died in 1890
  • 1819 Zealous Bates Tower, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1900
  • 1825 Joseph Robert Davis, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1896
  • 1826 Charles Cruft, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883
  • 1832 Richard Waterhouse Jr, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1876
  • 1842 Fran‡ois Copp‚e, French poet
  • 1852 Joseph J C Joffre, French chief of staff
  • 1853 Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (tensor analysis)
  • 1856 John Singer Sargent, US, portrait painter (Wyndham Sisters)
  • 1863 Vivekananda, Calcutta, Hindu religious leader/reformer
  • 1871 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer
  • 1876 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Venice Italy, composer
  • 1876 Jack London, writer/socialist (Call of the Wild)
  • 1882 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • 1890 Mordecai W Johnson, educator
  • 1893 Hermann Goering, propoganda minister (Nazi Germany)
  • 1901 Kurt Jooss, Wrtemburg, Germany, ballet choreographer
  • 1902 Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud, Kuwait, king (Saudi Arabia)
  • 1902 Ray Teal, Grand Rapids Mich, actor (Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza)
  • 1902 Simon H Track, intelligence officer for Gen MacArthur
  • 1903 Igor V Koertsjatov, Russian nuclear physics (1st Rus nuclear bomb)
  • 1906 Henny Youngman, England, comedian (Take my wife please...)
  • 1906 Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)
  • 1908 Jos‚ Lim¢n, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus)
  • 1910 Luise Rainer, Austria, actress (Escapade, Good Earth, Big City)
  • 1910 Patsy Kelly, Bkln, actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars)
  • 1915 Frank Annunzio, (Rep-D-IL, 1965- )
  • 1915 Martin Agronsky, journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia)
  • 1916 A P(ieter) W Botha, Orange Free State, president of South Africa
  • 1917 Walter Hendl, West New York NJ, conductor
  • 1920 James Farmer, black activist
  • 1921 John Henry Davis Jr, Smithtown NY, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52)
  • 1921 Leo Smit, Phila Penn, pianist
  • 1925 Bill Burrud, Hollywood Calif, host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World
  • 1926 Morton Feldman, NYC, composer
  • 1926 Ray Price, country singer (Good Times)
  • 1928 Lew Gallo, Mt Kisko, actor (12 O'Clock High)
  • 1930 Glenn Yarborough, singer (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee)
  • 1933 Michael Aspel, British talk show host
  • 1934 Burdette Haldorson, US, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • 1935 "The Amazing" Kreskin, Montclair NJ, mentalist/telepath
  • 1935 Ron Harper, Turtle Creek Pa, actor (Wendy & Me, Planet of the Apes)
  • 1937 Liliana Cavani, Bologna Italy, director (Berlin Affair)
  • 1939 Jacques Hamelink, writer/poet (Cold Unrest)
  • 1939 William Lee Gloden, singer
  • 194- Rush Limbaugh, extreme right radio personality
  • 1941 Jaime B Fuster, (Rep-D-PR, 1985- )
  • 1941 Long John Baldry, England, blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie
  • 1943 Ray Manzarek, rock pianist (Doors-Light my Fire)
  • 1944 Joe Frazier, Beaufort SC, HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1964)/champ (1968-73
  • 1945 Maggie Bell, Glasgow Scotland, rocker
  • 1946 Cindy Robinson, rock trumpeteer (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)
  • 1946 George Duke, rocker
  • 1949 James W Dietz, rower
  • 1950 Bob McEwen, (Rep-R-OH, 1981- )
  • 1951 Kirstie Alley, Wichita Ks, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)
  • 1951 Larry Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, country singer
  • 1954 Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)
  • 1959 Per Helmstad, Sweden, singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love)
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1964 Lynne Marie Thurik, Vancouver Wash, Miss Washington-America (1991)
  • 1965 Mark Moore, rocker (S'Express-Winter Course)
  • 1967 Vendela (Kirsebom), Stockholm Sweden, model (Sports Illustrated 1993)
  • 1973 Greg Morton, Milwaukee Wisc, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King)
  • 1975 Chase Hampton, Okla City Okla, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)
  • Passings for January 12
  • 689 Benedict Biscop, English saint, dies
  • 1049 Aboe Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic, dies
  • 1519 Maximilian I van Habsburg, German kaiser, dies
  • 1665 Pierre de Fermat, French lawyer/mathematician (principle of F), dies
  • 1860 Martinus J Niewindt, Cura‡ao bishop (christened slaves), dies
  • 1928 Ruth Snyder, 1st woman to die in electric chair
  • 1940 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies
  • 1943 Jan R T Campert, writer (Song of 18 Murders, Neuengamme), dies
  • 1956 John Raedecker, sculptor (National monument of the Dutch Dam), dies
  • 1965 Lorraine Hansberry, US song writer, dies in NYC, at 34
  • 1965 Porcupine, in Washington DC zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent
  • 1970 Blanche Stuart Scott, US pilot, dies at 84
  • 1972 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies
  • 1975 Caryn Campbell, Bundy victim, disappears from Snowmass, Colo
  • 1976 Agatha Christie, mystery writer (10 Little Indians), dies at 85
  • 1981 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 89
  • 1990 Laurence J Peter, author (Peter Princible), dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1991 Keye Luke, actor (Charlie Chan's No 1 Son), dies
  • 1991 Vasco Pratolini, Italy, writer (Le ragazze di San Frediano), dies
  • 1992 Harry van Doorn, Dutch politician (KVP/KRO-chairman/PPR/CRM), dies
  • 1993 Carles Mira, Spanish director (Que Nos Quiten Lo Bailao), dies at 45


Special events for January 12


  • 1493 Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily
  • 1598 Pope Clement VIII seizes the duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso
  • 1701 Parts of the Netherlands adopt the Gregorian calendar (others in 1
  • 1723 Handel's opera "Ottone" premiers, London
  • 1733 1st museum in America opens (Charleston SC)
  • 1773 1st US public museum established (Charlestown SC)
  • 1777 Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in Cal
  • 1806 French evacuate Vienna
  • 1809 British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from the French (until 1814)
  • 1812 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez
  • 1820 Royal Astronomical Society founded in England
  • 1836 Battle of Wetumka, Fla
  • 1839 Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn
  • 1842 Franciscans begin missionary work in Netherland Antilles
  • 1856 J Chacornac discovers asteroid #38 Leda
  • 1861 FL state troops demand surrender of Ft Pickens
  • 1863 President Davis delivers his "State of the Confederacy" address
  • 1879 British Zulu war begins
  • 1893 M Wolf discovers asteroid #352 Gisela
  • 1896 1st x-ray photo in US, Dr Henry Smith, Davidson, NC
  • 1903 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
  • 1906 Football rules committee legalizes the forward pass
  • 1907 Britain grants responsible govt to former colony of Transvaal
  • 1912 -47ø F (-44ø C), Washta, Iowa (state record)
  • 1915 House of Reps rejects proposal to give women the right to vote
  • 1916 Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Is colony in the Pacific
  • 1918 Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4
  • 1921 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
  • 1923 G Van Biesbroeck discovers asteroid #993 Moultona
  • 1924 History of Science Society organized at Boston
  • 1924 K Reinmuth discovers asteroids #1012 Sarema & #1092 Lilium
  • 1929 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana
  • 1930 NHL's Boston Bruins win then-record 14th consecutive game
  • 1932 France: Laval cabinet falls
  • 1932 Hattie Caraway elected 1st woman senator (Ark)
  • 1933 US Congress recognize independence Philipines
  • 1933 Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 dies
  • 1937 Plow for laying submarine cable patented
  • 1942 British troops reconquer Sollum
  • 1942 National War Labor Board created
  • 1943 Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)
  • 1944 Churchill & de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh
  • 1945 German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of the Bulge
  • 1945 US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Jap ships in Battle of South China Sea
  • 1946 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
  • 1948 Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
  • 1948 US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
  • 1949 "Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premiers on CBS TV
  • 1949 B˜zondere Council of Annulment affirms death sentence of Hanns Rauter
  • 1950 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
  • 1951 Ezzard Charles KOs Lee Oma to retain heavyweight boxing crown
  • 1952 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
  • 1953 9 "Jewish" artsens arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
  • 1954 Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115
  • 1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
  • 1958 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points
  • 1959 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points
  • 1964 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar 1 month after independence
  • 1965 "Hullabaloo" premiers on NBC-TV
  • 1966 "Batman" with Adam West & Burt Ward premiers on ABC TV
  • 1966 LBJ says US should stay in S Vietnam until communist aggression ends
  • 1966 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics
  • 1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • 1968 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premiers on NBC TV
  • 1969 AFL/AFC wins its 1st Super Bowl (III-NY Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7)
  • 1971 "All in the Family" premiers on CBS featured 1st toilet flush on TV
  • 1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
  • 1975 Purple Mountain Observatory discovers asteroid #2078 Nanking
  • 1975 Super Bowl IX-Pittsburgh Steelers-16, Minnesota Vikings-6
  • 1976 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Org
  • 1979 LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
  • 1979 Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
  • 1980 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 1981 "Dynasty" with Joan Collins premiers on ABC-TV
  • 1981 -35ø F (-37ø C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1983 B A Skiff discovers asteroids #2864 Soderblom & #2881
  • 1983 N G Thomas discovers asteroid #3614
  • 1983 NCAA creates the football Kickoff Classic to begin in August
  • 1986 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
  • 1986 Chic Blackhawk Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • 1986 Miami Dolphins win AFC football championship
  • 1987 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training
  • 1988 Willie Stargell, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1989 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)
  • 1990 Civil Rights activist Rev Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln
  • 1990 Romania bans the Communist party
  • 1991 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)
  • 1991 US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq
  • 1993 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow


Songs for date January 12


  • 01/12/57 --- Banana Boat Song (Day-O) (Belafonte, Harry)
  • 01/12/57 --- Blue Monday (Domino, Fats)
  • 01/12/63 --- Hey Paula (Paul & Paula)
  • 01/12/63 --- Walk Right In (Rooftop Singers)
  • 01/12/74 --- Rock On (Essex, David)
  • 01/12/74 --- Americans (MacGregor, Byron)
  • 01/12/74 --- Put Your Hands Together (O'Jays)
  • 01/12/80 --- Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
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