December 12 in History
What happened on December 12 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 12 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 12 in history.?>
The US Supreme Court announces its decision in Bush v. Gore, effectively ending legal changes to the results of that year’s Presidential election.
Willie Brown beats incumbent mayor Frank Jordon to become the first African-American mayor of San Francisco.
The Russian Federation becomes independent from the USSR.
Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff at Gander, Newfoundland; among the 256 dead are 236 members of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan, acting without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa, alleging that the chief of staff was involved in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
The United States ends the airlift of 6,500 men in Vietnam.
Kenya becomes a republic.
Three Buddhist leaders begin a hunger strike to protest the government in Saigon.
The United Nations calls for immediate Soviet withdrawal from Hungary.
The German Army launches Operation Winter Tempest, the relief of the Sixth Army trapped in Stalingrad.
The exiled Czech government signs a treaty with the Soviet Union for postwar cooperation.
Under pressure from the Communists in Canton, Chiang Kai-shek resigns as president of the Nanking Government but remains the head of the Nationalist government that holds nominal rule over most of China.
The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.
The last Allied troops withdraw from the Saar region in Germany.
Communists forces seize Canton, China.
Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission in St. John’s Newfoundland.
Orders are given in Richmond, Virginia, that no more supplies from the Union should be received by Federal prisoners.
The Union loses its first ship to a torpedo, USS Cairo, in the Yazoo River.
The British soldiers responsible for the 'Boston Massacre' are acquitted on murder charges.
George Washington, the adjutant of Virginia, delivers an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain’s claim to the entire Ohio River valley.