Today In History June 12

Today In History June 12

June 12 is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 202 days remain until the end of the year. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on today in history. Historical facts of the day within the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment, and many more. Let’s discover what happened today in history.

  • 1994: U.S.A. O.J. Simpson

Nicole Brown Simpson, O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, and her friend Ron Goldman are brutally stabbed to death outside his home in Brentwood, California. OJ Simpson was a later tried for the murders and although the evidence against Simpson was extensive and he was found innocent.

  • 1917: Greece King Constantine I

King Constantine I of Greece, abdicates his throne within the face of pressure from Britain, France, and other internal opponents.

  • 1922: U.S.A. Ferris Wheel

An unexpected Hurricane and Tornadoes hit the New York Metropolitan Area causing billions of dollars in damage and loss of life. The storm hit eventually and in Clasons Point a pleasure park near City Island a Ferris wheel with an outsized number of young riders broke faraway from its mountings and crashed to the ground.

  • 1929: Mexico Students

2000 Students of the Mexican National University on strike take over the main building of the University. The students held hostages and put a red flag over the building. They demanded the university rector to resign, but he refused. Eventually, the students released the hostage, but they still kept guard over the building.

  • 1935: U.S.A. Ella Fitzgerald

At age 17, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs – “Love and Kisses” and “I’ll Chase the Blues Away.” They came to be big hits for her.

  • 1942: World War II The Coral Sea

The news of A great Naval Battle between Naval forces from the United States and Japan in the Coral Sea between March 19thand May 9th resulted in the loss of the US aircraft carrier Lexington and 2 other US ships and the loss of 15 ships from the Japanese Navy. The naval battle is considered a major win for the US Navy.

  • 1964: South Africa Nelson Mandela

The leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is jailed for life for sabotage.

  • 1965: Vietnam Phan Huy Quat Resigns

South Vietnamese Premier Phan Huy Quat resigns following civil unrest and a military government is put in place headed by Army General Nguyen Van Thieu.

  • 1967: U.S.A. Interracial Marriages

Interracial marriages declared constitutional by the Supreme Court and barred Virginia and by implication other states from making interracial marriage a crime.

  • 1975: India Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, was found guilty of electoral corruption in her successful 1971 campaign. Gandhi refused to give up India’s top office and later declared martial law in the country when public demonstrations threatened to drop her administration.

  • 1978: U.S.A. “Son of Sam”

David Berkowitz “Son of Sam” was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six “Son of Sam” .44-caliber killings in New York.

  • 1982: U.S.A. Anti-Nuclear Demonstrations

Around 700,000 demonstrators gathered in New York City’s Central Park demanding an end to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

  • 1987: Germany Berlin Wall

While standing in front of the Berlin Wall President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall.

  • 1992: U.S.A. Earth Summit Rio de Janeiro

George W. Bush addresses the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro announcing the United States will not sign the International Ecological Treaty/later became the Kyoto Protocol which most nations at the summit had agreed to.

  • 1997: U.S.A. New $50 Bill

The US Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill with a security thread that glows yellow under ultraviolet light making the bill more counterfeit-resistant.

  • 1998: Japan Recession

After nearly 20 years of consistent growth, the Japanese economy is now officially in a recession as the latest figures show its economy has shrunk for the first time since 1974. Much of the problem has been caused by the collapse of land and property prices which has left Japanese banks with massive debts. The problems have also shaken consumer confidence as layoffs and unemployment worsens meaning the Japanese consumer is cutting back on spending.

  • 2007: Croatia Serb Leader Sentenced For Murder

A former Serbian rebel leader was sentenced to thirty-five years in jail by The Hague for crimes committed in the early nineties, including persecution and murder. Fifty-two-year-old Milan Martic had been a pacesetter of the Krajina Serb republic which had lasted from 1991 until 1995 in Croatia.

  • 2008: Brazil Armed Robbers Steal Picasso Artwork

Two armed robbers stole two Picasso engravings and two other pieces of artwork from a museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  • 2010: United States Campers Killed in Floods

At least sixteen people were killed in Arkansas after floodwaters reached campsites at a national park. The floods injured over twenty other people and up to thirty remained missing. The surviving campers said that they had to hold onto the trees for hours waiting to be rescued.

  • 2011: Philippines World’s Shortest Man Declared

Junrey Balawing, only 23.6 inches tall, was declared the world’s shortest man by the Guinness World Records on his 18thbirthday. Balawing’s family said that he had stopped growing when he was 2 years old and that doctors could not explain why he was so short. Balawing was over 7 cm shorter than the previous record holder.

  • 2012: Cuban Boxing Great Teofilo Stevenson Dies

Cuban heavyweight champion Teofilo Stevenson died at the age of sixty. Stevenson won three gold medals in1972, 1976, and 1980 Olympics and was considered one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time.

  • 2013: Japan World’s Oldest Man Dies

The world’s oldest man and the oldest man in recorded history, Jiroemon Kimura, died at the age of one-hundred and sixteen years old. Kimura died of natural causes in Kyoto, Japan.


  • Anne Frank

Born: Annelies Marie Frank, June 12th, 1929, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Died: Spring, 1945

Known For: Otto Frank moved his family to Amsterdam on the accession of Adolf Hitler. Anne and her sister Margot went to school in Amsterdam. And their father started a business with a fellow Jew. The German Army invaded Holland in May 1940, and therefore the Nazi Party imposed restrictions and segregation on the Dutch Jews. On her birthday in the year 1942, Anne’s Father gifted her the book that she would use as her diary. Margot was ordered to a work camp, and therefore the family went into hiding. They lived in the rooms that were behind his office and were joined by his partner’s family and one other man. Their rooms were called the Secret Annex, and Anne recorded many details of their lives over the next two years. The Secret Annex was discovered on 4th July 1944 and they were all sent to concentration camps. Anne died there, and only Otto survived their internment. He returned to Amsterdam, and the diary was published in the year 1947.

  • George Herbert Walker Bush

Born: June 12, 1924, Milton Massachusetts

Died: November 30, 2018, Houston, Texas

Known For: George H. W. Bush was a member of a politically influential family, a one-term US president from the year 1989 to 1993. He previously served as Vice President under Reagan, the Director of the CIA, UN Ambassador, and a US Representative from Texas. Much of his presidency is seen as a continuation of Reagan’s policies with little intention to upset the status quo. One of his administration’s biggest accomplishments was the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the Gulf War, and the US invasion of Panama also took place during his time in office.