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December 12th, 2006 (December 12 2006)EventPeugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
December 12th, 2000 (December 12 2000)EventThe United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore
December 12th, 1991 (December 12 1991)EventRussian Federation gains independence from the USSR.
December 12th, 1988 (December 12 1988)EventThe Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trainsone of the worst train crashes in Britain.
December 12th, 1985 (December 12 1985)EventArrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland killing 256, including 248 members of the United States Army s 101st Airborne Division.
December 12th, 1984 (December 12 1984)EventMaaouiya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya becomes the third president of Mauritania after a coup d etat against Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla while the latter was attending a summit. Taya was ousted in March 2005 by Ely Ould Mohamed Vall in another coup.
December 12th, 1982 (December 12 1982)EventWomen s peace protest at Greenham Common30,000 women hold hands and form a human chain around the 14.5 km (9 mi) perimeter fence.
December 12th, 1979 (December 12 1979)EventCoup d etat of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
December 12th, 1979 (December 12 1979)EventPresident of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
December 12th, 1979 (December 12 1979)EventRhodesia changes its name to Zimbabwe.
December 12th, 1969 (December 12 1969)EventStrategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombingThe offices of Banca Nazionale dell Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
December 12th, 1964 (December 12 1964)EventPrime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya.
December 12th, 1963 (December 12 1963)EventKenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
December 12th, 1956 (December 12 1956)EventCommencement of the Irish Republican Army s Border Campaign.
December 12th, 1950 (December 12 1950)EventPaula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.
December 12th, 1948 (December 12 1948)EventMalayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
December 12th, 1946 (December 12 1946)EventA fire at a New York City ice plant spreads to a nearby tenement killing 37 people.
December 12th, 1942 (December 12 1942)EventA fire in a hostel in St. John s, Newfoundland kills 100 people.
December 12th, 1941 (December 12 1941)EventWorld War II: Fifty four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesus Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off; Cesar Basa is killed.
December 12th, 1941 (December 12 1941)EventWorld War II: USMC F4F "Wildcats" sink the first 4 major Japanese ships off Wake Island.
December 12th, 1941 (December 12 1941)EventWorld War II: Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan.
December 12th, 1941 (December 12 1941)EventAdolf Hitler announces extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich ChancelleryAdolf Hitler Quotes
December 12th, 1940 (December 12 1940)EventWorld War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield as a result of a German air raid.
December 12th, 1939 (December 12 1939)EventWinter War: Battle of TolvajarviFinnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.
December 12th, 1937 (December 12 1937)EventPanay incident: Japanese aircraft shell and sink US gunboat Panay on the Yangtze River in China.
December 12th, 1936 (December 12 1936)EventXi an Incident: The Generalissimo of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek is kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang.
December 12th, 1925 (December 12 1925)EventThe Majlis of Iran votes to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Persia.
December 12th, 1917 (December 12 1917)EventIn Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.
December 12th, 1915 (December 12 1915)EventPresident of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China.
December 12th, 1914 (December 12 1914)EventThe largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%.
December 12th, 1911 (December 12 1911)EventDelhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.
December 12th, 1901 (December 12 1901)EventGuglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John s, Newfoundland.Guglielmo Marconi Quotes
December 12th, 1897 (December 12 1897)EventBelo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, is founded.
December 12th, 1870 (December 12 1870)EventJoseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the first black U.S. congressman.
December 12th, 1862 (December 12 1862)EventUSS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine.
December 12th, 1812 (December 12 1812)EventFrench invasion of Russia comes to an end.
December 12th, 1787 (December 12 1787)EventPennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution five days after Delaware became the first.
December 12th, 1781 (December 12 1781)EventAmerican Revolutionary War: Second Battle of UshantA Royal Navy squadron, commanded by Rear Admiral Richard Kempenfelt in HMS Victory, defeats a French fleet.
December 12th, 1408 (December 12 1408)EventOrder of the Dragon: The Order of the Dragon was first created on December 12, 1408 by Emperor Sigismund, then King of Hungary, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje following the battle for possession of Bosnia.
December 12th, 1098 (December 12 1098)EventFirst Crusade: Massacre of Ma arrat al-NumanCrusaders breach the town s walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they resort to cannibalism.
December 12th, 0627 (December 12 0627)EventBattle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II s Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.

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