Today in History
June 12

1442Alfonso V of Aragon is crowned King of Naples.
1812Napoleon Bonaparte and his army invade Russia.
1849The gas mask is patented by L. P. Haslett.
1862Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart begins his ride around the Union Army outside of Richmond, Virginia.
1901Cuba agrees to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.
1918The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurs in France.
1920Republicans nominate Warren G. Harding for president and Calvin Coolidge for vice president.
1921President Warren Harding urges every young man to attend military training camp.
1926Brazil quits the League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany.
1931Gangster Al Capone and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws.
1937Eight of Stalin's generals are sentenced to death during purges in the Soviet Union.
1942American bombers strike the oil refineries of Ploesti, Rumania for the first time.
1963Black civil rights leader Medgar Evers is assassinated by a gunman outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
1967The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages.
1972At a hearing in front the of a U.S. House of Representatives committee, Air Force General John Lavalle defends his orders on engagement in Vietnam.
1977David Berkowitz gets 25 years to life for the Son of Sam murders in New York.
1985The U.S. House of Representatives approves $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
1991Mount Pinatubo in the Phillipines begins erupting for the first time in 600 years.

Born on June 12
1806John Roebling, civil engineer, pioneer in designing suspension bridges.
1829Johanna Spyri, Swiss author (Heidi).
1897Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (1955-1957).
1915David Rockefeller, international banker.
1924George Bush, 41st President of the United States (1989-1993).
1929Anne Frank, German diarist, victim of the Holocaust.

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