THIS DAY IN HISTORY 12/04


This Day in History 12/04

APRIL 12TH

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1557 – Cuenca is founded in Ecuador.

1606 – England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag/Union Jack

1877 – British annex Transvaal, in South Africa

1894 – British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central-Africa

1946 – Syria gains independence from France

1961 – Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

1973 – Sudan adopts constitution

1973 – Swaziland suspends constitution

1980 – Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d’etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.

2009 – President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue

2012 – Civilian rule in Mali is returned after Dioncounda Traore is sworn in as interim president

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1911 – Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (d. 1976)

1947 – David Letterman, Indianapolis Ind, comedian (Late Night)

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1979 – Claire Danes, NYC, actress (Angela-My So Called Life, Romeo & Juliet)

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1912 – Clara Barton, organizer (American Red Cross), dies at 90

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1945 – Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (D) (1933-1945), dies at 63

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1966 – Sumokil, president of Republic South Moluccas, executed

1997 – George Wald, scientist, (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90.

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2008 – Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)

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