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7/12/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 12

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Today in History the following notables were born: 1817 Henry David Thoreau (Walden Pond) in Concord, Mass.; 1854 George Eastman (Kodak Camera inventor) in Waterville, New York; 1884 Louis B. Mayer (film producer – MGM) in Dymer, Ukraine; and 1908 comedian Milton Berle (Uncle Miltie, Mr. Television) was born in New York City, New York.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1191 - English King Richard I/the Lionheart & Crusaders defeat Saracens in Palestine
  • 1679 - Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoner’s right to be imprisoned to be examined
  • 1690 - Battle of Boyne in Ireland, Protestant King William III defeats English Catholic King James II
  • 1913 - 150,000 Ulstermen gather and resolve to resist Irish Home Rule by force of arms; since the British Liberals have promised the Irish nationalists Home Rule, civil war appears imminent
  • 1943 - WWII: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
  • 1954 - President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • 1957 - US Surgeon Gen Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
  • 1970 - Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco in 57 days

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1817 - Henry David Thoreau, Concord Mass, naturalist/pacifist (Walden Pond), (d. 1862)
  • 1854 - George Eastman, Waterville New York, inventor (Kodak camera)
  • 1884 - Louis B. Mayer, Dymer, Ukraine, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM)
  • 1908 - Milton Berle, Harlem comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 - Bill Cosby, Phila, actor/comedian (I Spy, Cosby, Leonard Part 6)
  • 1938 - Eiko Ishioka, Tokyo, Japan, Costume Designer (Academy Award, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), (d. 2012)
  • 1943 - Christine McVie, Lancashire, rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me)
  • 1951 - Cheryl Ladd, Huron SD, actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts)
  • 1997 - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, born in Mingora, North-West Frontier Province

Famous Weddings

  • 1472 - Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester and later King of England, marries Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1543 - England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife)
  • 1918 - Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)
  • 1933 - Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)
  • 1937 - Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris
  • 1963 - NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper
  • 1998 - "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2007 - World's tallest man who measures 7'9" Bao Xishun (56) weds Xia Shujian (28) in a traditional Mongolian ceremony at the tomb of Kublai Khan in Beijing, China
  • 2008 - Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • 2015 - Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Lindsay Arnold (21) weds highschool sweetheart Samuel Lightner Cusick in Salt Lake City

Famous Deaths

  • 1536 - Desiderius Erasmus, humanist/priest (Novum instrumentum omne), dies aged 69
  • 1712 - Richard Cromwell, English Lord Protector (1658-59), dies at 85
  • 1804 - Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken
  • 1849 - Dolley Madison, 4th First Lady Of The United States (b. 1768)
  • 1973 - Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Wolfman), dies after long illness at 66
  • 1976 - Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72
  • 1977 - Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • 1979 - Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • 1996 - John William Chancellor, journalist, news anchor (VOA, NBC), dies at 68
  • 2004 - Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)

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