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January 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 12

January 12th is officially Kiss A Ginger Day as well as Marzipan Day.

Being only day twelve of our new year I’m sure most of us are still sticking to our new year resolutions, right? If not, then what better way to procrastinate than getting filled in with the top major events that all happened on this very special day?

Everyone who was born on January 12th shares the same zodiac sign, Capricorn.

With so many incredible advancements falling on this day I’m sure you’ll soon get back on track.

Did you know that on this day in 1885, Dr Pepper sold it’s very first bottle in the USA? This makes it the oldest soft drink brand in America.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 12th in history!

What Happened On January 12 In History?

2017

Obama surprised Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony.

2010

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti claimed 160,000 lives.

The disaster wreaked havoc in the country and destroyed the capital of Port-Au-Prince with an estimated $7.8 billion - $8.5 billion USD damage.
1998

Human cloning was forbidden by nineteen European nations; however the UK and Germany refused to sign the agreement.

1995

Malcolm X’s daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, was arrested for making arrangements to kill Louis Farrakhan who she believed killed her father in 1965.

Source NY Times
1991

George H. W. Bush was given authority by US Congress to declare war on Iraq.

1966

ABC aired Batman for the first time.

Stars included Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Cesar Romero (The Joker).
1959

Five boys re-discovered the Caves of Nerja in Andalucia, Spain.

The group of friends were bat hunting when they found the entrance blocked by stalactites but broke passed them the following day. It was later found that the caves date back to 42,000 years ago. The cavern inside is home to some of the world's oldest cave art.
1954

Over 50,000 people greeted Queen Elizabeth II as she opened New Zealand Parliament.

1896

College students illegally produced the very first X-ray photo.

OTD in 1896: College students illegally produced the very first X-ray photo.
Three of Dr. Henry Smith's students bribed a janitor to gain access to the laboratory where they successfully took the first X-ray images. Little did they know they would change medical history.
Source Gizmodo
1895

The National Trust (UK) was founded as an independent charity for the conservation of England’s environment and heritage.

OTD in 1895: The National Trust (UK) was founded as an independent charity for the conservation of England's environment and heritage.
1885

The oldest soft-drink brand, Dr Pepper sold it’s very first bottle in the USA.

Did you know that on this day, January 12th 1885, Dr Pepper sold it's very first bottle in the USA?