December 12th is the 3345th day in the year (3346th day in a leap year), 19 days until the end of the year.
December 12th in Kenya 1963, Kenya gained its independence from Britain and the Kenya African National Union (KANU) headed by Jomo Kenyatta takes over the country.
December 12 1969, a bomb is exploded in a bank in Milan, Italy 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured.
December 12th, 1937 in Italy, Benito Mussolini withdrew Italy from the League of Nations and challenged democracies to fight with his army. One hundred thousand fascists stood in the rain and someone shouted, “We are leaving a tumbling temple where there is no talk of peace, but where wars are prepared.”
12th December 1937, Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Chinese Waters, Japan apologised and makes reparations, This happened during Japan’s war of Invasion against China and is not part of the second world war.
December 12th, 1944, the U.S 8th and 15th Air Force plus the RAF pummeled Germany in the biggest fighting force that was ever put in the air. Britain had 1,000 bombers and 800 fighters who bombed railways and other targets in Germany.
On 12th December 1989, It was the first time since World War II that a prominent U.S. government official had gone to East Germany. Secretary of James Baker met with East and West German politicians and talked about the new political realities since the crumbling of the Berlin Wall on November 9th.
December 12th, 1992, The Princess Royal the Queens daughter Princess Anne remarries and becomes Mrs Timothy Laurence after a small family wedding in Scotland.
Also on December 12th, 1993, Atheism was out and religion was with the Hungarian military which has 100, 000 soldiers. After years of not having a single army chaplain, Hungary wants one chaplain for every 1,000 soldiers. The change came about because a lot of the soldiers are Roman Catholic.
12th December 2000, the United States Supreme Court hands out its ruling over the counting of ballots in Florida which allowed Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris’s previous certification of George W. Bush as the winner of Florida’s electoral votes to stand and effectively ending the 2000 presidential election in favour of George W. Bush.
December 12th, 2006, Lance Cpl. Ryan Fleming, home on leave from fighting in Al Anbar province Iraq, spoke to North Aiken Elementary school children about the good and bad experiences he had in that country. The Aiken Standard reported that Fleming as saying, “Insurgents bury bombs under roads and even put them in animal carcasses”. The American soldiers are in constant danger from explosives. However, he said the positive part of his job was helping Iraqi kids.
On December 12th, 2007, The Russian opposition figure and former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, will no longer be contesting the presidential election in March. Mr Kasparov has said that his Other Russia bloc had faced difficulty arranging for its supporters to meet in Moscow (which is an official requirement for his candidacy). Kasparov has announced that he is abandoning his bid for the presidency, although he did say that ‘My electoral campaign finishes tomorrow.’
December 12th, 2008, Switzerland was not part of the European Union but has opened its borders to E.U. member states. Under the Schengen Agreement, which Switzerland has signed, cross-border passport checks are to be abolished. The move is the latest in a series of bilateral agreements which the Swiss government has been negotiating with Brussels as a means of not being isolated from the Euro bloc trade zone. The Swiss people have approved joining the Schengen Agreement by a nationwide referendum.
Furthermore, on December 12th 2011, Moncef Marzouki, a human rights activist and opposition leader, was elected to be President of Tunisia by the Constituent Assembly. Marzouki had been in exile for twenty years and only returned to the country after former president Zine al Abidine Ben Ali was forced out of office in January.
Also on December 12th, 2011, Occupy Wall Street protesters along the US West coast blocked three ports in California, Oregon, and Washington, disrupting work in the ports. The protests were deemed successful after several workers at the different ports were sent home over safety concerns. The aim of the protests was to hurt the profits of companies that run the harbours, but many truck drivers claim that they were the ones hurt by the protest as they could not deliver and pick up goods for transport.
12th December 2012, North Korea successfully launched the Unha-3 long-range rocket defying international warnings. North Korea stated that they were able to place a satellite into orbit, but the international community believed that launch was to disguise testing their long-range missile technology.
December 12th, 2013, An Australian High Court overturned a law that allowed gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory. The law had been passed by the Australian Capital Territory Parliament in October, but the national government challenged it because it was not consistent with national laws which defined marriage between a man and a woman in 2004. The ruling overturned nearly thirty marriages that had been performed under the law.