On This Day in History, December 12

Believe it or not, there are historical things that happen every day, even if you don’t get to hear about them.

Here are some of the events that happened in history, on December 12.

  • 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1800 – Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States.
  • 1932 – USSR & China resumed diplomatic relations.
  • 1959 – UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space was established.
  • 1962 – The U.S. performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 1963 – Kenyan attained its independence.
  • 1970 – The Soviet Union performed an underground nuclear test.
  • 1973Canada began selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins).
  • 1990 – The United States accused Iraq of dragging its feet on dates for talks.
  • 1994 – IBM stopped shipments of personal computers with Intel’s flawed Pentium chip.
  • 1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres addressed both houses of the US Congress
  • 1955 – It was announced that the Ford Foundation gave $500,000,000 to private hospitals, colleges, and medical schools.
  • 1989 – Britain forcibly removed 51 Vietnamese from Hong Kong and returned them to their homeland.
  • 1994 – The Brazilian Supreme Court acquitted former President Fernando Collor de Mello of corruption charges that had forced him to resign in 1992.
  • 2002 – North Korea announced that it would reactivate a nuclear power plant that U.S. officials believed was being used to develop weapons.
  • 2003 – Paul Martin became the Prime Minister of Canada after the resignation of Jean Chretien.
  • 2009 – Houston, Texas elected Annise Parker, an openly gay mayor.
  • 2013 – The United States announced sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program.
  • 2013 – The United States announces sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program.
  • 2016 – Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key

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