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 This day in History - December 12
413 Historic Events for December 12
1977

Clementine O Spencer-Churchill (Hozier), British barones, dies at 92

Death
1977

Bridget Hall, Dallas Texas, model (Ford)

Birth
1977

Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves

Event
1978

Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53

Death
1978

Derrick Delmore, Camp Springs Md, fig skater (1996 Grand Prix champ)

Birth
1978

Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74

Death
1979

Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce

Event
1979

Rhodesia becomes independent nation of Zimbabwe

Event
1980

US's copyright law amended to include computer programs

Event
1981

Gambia and Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982

Event
1981

"1st" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances

Event
1981

Wayne Gretzky scores quickest 50th goal (game 39)

Event
1982

Joanne Carner/John Mahaffey wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

Event
1982

$9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC

Event
1982

57th Australian Womens Tennis: C Evert beats M Navratilova (63 26 63)

Event
1982

"Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 perf

Event
1983

A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait

Event
1985

Anne Baxter, actress (Myra-Marcus Welby, Victoria-Hotel), dies at 62

Death
1985

Ian Stewart, keyboardist/road mgr (Rolling Stones), dies at 47

Death
1985

248 US soldiers and 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash

Event
1985

DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die

Event
1985

NASA launches space vehicle S-207

Event
1986

South African journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested

Event
1986

Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed

Event
1986

James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in MSG

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