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This Day in History: June 12

June 12: What Happened on This Day in History (High_school Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. In 1862, the gas mask is patented by L. P. Haslett.
  2. In 1897, Carl Elsener patented a penknife that later became known as the Swiss army knife.
  3. In 1923, Harry Houdini escaped from a strait jacket while being suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground.
  4. In 1939, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
  5. In 1963, Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist, was killed in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.
  6. In 1967, the US Supreme Court ruled that states cannot outlaw inter-racial marriages.
  7. In 1979, Bryan Allen flew the Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a man-powered aircraft.
  8. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenges the Soviet leader to tear down the Berlin wall.
  9. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo begins erupting for the first time in 600 years in the Phillipines.
  10. In 2009, the switch from analog to digital TV transmission was completed in the U.S.
  11. Famous Birthdays: Anne Frank, German diarist; George Bush, 41st President of the United States; Steve Kiner, football; Fritz Lipmann, biochemist; David Rockefeller, banker.

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