What Happened on July 12


Historical Events

1862 – US Congress authorizes Medal of Honor
1901 – Striking Canadian salmon fishermen on the Pacific coast, resentful of the non-union Japanese who continue to fish, maroon and imprison 47
1966 – 10.51″ (26.70 cm) of rainfall, Sandusky Ohio (state record)
1974 – John Ehrlichman convicted of violating Daniel Ellsberg’s rights
1987 – US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Brooklawn CC: South African Gary Player wins by a record 6 strokes ahead of Doug Sanders
1995 – Enrique Iglesias releases his first album, “Enrique Iglesias”

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Famous Birthdays

1905 – Prince John of the United Kingdom, youngest son of English King George V, born in York Cottage, Sandringham (d. 1919)
1909 – Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye’s Follies), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
1935 – Chris Burger, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 37no; Natal), born in Randfontein, South Africa (d. 2014)
1945 – Dimitar Penev, Bulgarian soccer defender (90 caps; CSKA Sofia 329 games) and manager (Bulgaria 55 games, CSKA Sofia), born in Mirovyane, Bulgaria
1952 – Peter Marti, Swiss soccer striker (6 caps; BSC Young Boys, FC Zürich, FC Basel, FC Aarau), born in Langenthal, Switzerland (d. 2023)
1956 – Mel Harris [Mary Ellen], American actress (Hope-30 Something), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Famous Deaths

1988 – Julian Trevelyan, English Surrealist painter and collage maker, dies at 78
1993 – Gusti Huber, Austrian American actress, (The Diary of Anne Frank), dies of heart failure at 78
1995 – Michael Clegg, English naturalist and TV presenter (Clegg’s People), dies at 62
2000 – Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, dies at 98
2020 – Rod Bernard, American “swamp pop” singer (“Allons Danser Colinda”), dies at 79
2020 – Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 75

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