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6/12/2022 2:13:00 AM
Today In History - June 12

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Today in History in 1923 Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight-jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet above ground in NYC; in 1942 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam; and in 1987 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall.

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

  • 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath.
  • 1787 - US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old
  • 1830 - Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch.
  • 1898 - Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain
  • 1923 - Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC
  • 1931 - Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury
  • 1942 - Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam)
  • 1943 - Himmler orders extermination of all Nazi ghettos in occupied Poland
  • 1964 - Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
  • 1965 - Sonny & Cher make their 1st TV appearance on "American Bandstand"
  • 1965 - Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies
  • 1966 - Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan
  • 1987 - US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall
  • 2009 - TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1916 - Irwin Allen, director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 - Ivan Tors, TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper)
  • 1924 - George H. W. Bush, Milton MA, 43 US Vice President (R, 1981-89) and 41st US President (R, 1989-93)
  • 1929 - Anne Frank, Frankfurt Germany, Dutch Jewish Nazi victim/diarist (Diary of Anne Frank)
  • 1932 - Jim Nabors, Sylacauga Al, actor/singer (Gomer Pyle)
  • 1941 - Chick Corea, Chelsea Mass, jazz pianist (Delhpi I, Toy Dance)

Famous Weddings

  • 1733 - King of Prussia Frederick the Great (21) weds duchess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (18) at Schloss Salzdahlum in Wolfenbüttel, Germany
  • 1927 - Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (53) weds Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali
  • 1949 - Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin
  • 1970 - Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (22) weds Jenny Boyd (23)
  • 1971 - Tricia Nixon & Edward F Cox marry at White House
  • 1994 - Astronaut Neil Armstrong marries 2nd wife Carol Held Knight
  • 1997 - Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California
  • 1999 - Actor and film director David Arquette (27) weds "Friends" actress Courteney Cox (34) at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California
  • 1999 - Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City
  • 2009 - Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 2014 - The Band Perry singer Kimberly Perry weds Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (28) in Greeneville, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

  • 1957 - James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
  • 2003 - Gregory Peck, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2012 - Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant, dies from a heart condition at 69

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