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Sunday, July 12th 2020

Today is the 194th day of 2020.  There are 171 days left in this year.


What Happened On This Day In History?

1543 England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, who outlived him.
1690 Protestant forces led by William of Orange defeated the Roman Catholic army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
1862 Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
1972 George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.
1974 John Ehrlichman, a former aide to President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's former psychiatrist.
1977 President Carter defended Supreme Court decisions limiting government payments for poor women's abortions, saying, ''There are many things in life that are not fair.''
1984 Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced he had chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.
1990 Russian republic president Boris N. Yeltsin shocked the 28th congress of the Soviet Communist Party by announcing he was resigning his party membership.
1993 An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck northern Japan, killing 196 people.
1994 President Clinton visited the eastern sector of Berlin, the first president to do so since Harry Truman.
1998 In Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, three young brothers who had been asleep in their beds burned to death in a sectarian attack.
2000 New Hampshire Chief Justice David Brock was impeached by the Legislature, the first such action against an official in the state since 1790. (He was later acquitted in a state Senate trial.)

Born on this day

1817 Naturalist-author Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass.
1854 George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, was born in Waterville, N.Y.
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