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 This day in History - December 12
413 Historic Events for December 12
1848

William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)

Birth
1858

1st Canadian coins circulated (1›, 5›, 10› and 20›)

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1859

Maurice Donnay, French playwright (Lovers)

Birth
1859

Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)

Birth
1862

Battle of Dumfries, VA

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1862

Daniel Hal‚vy, French historian/writer (La fin des notables)

Birth
1862

Naval Engagement at Yazoo River, MS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)

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1863

Edvard Munch, Norway, painter/print maker (The Scream)

Birth
1866

Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913)

Birth
1870

Joseph Rainey (SC) became 1st black sworn into House of Reps

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1871

Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum

Event
1872

Willem A Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, dies at 72

Death
1874

Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Alastalon salissa)

Birth
1875

Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian

Birth
1875

Karl R G von Rundstedt, German gen-fieldmarshal (Normandy)

Birth
1877

Jos‚ M de Alencar, Brazilian writer/minister of Justice, dies at 48

Death
1878

Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing "St Louis Dispatch"

Event
1879

Percy Fletcher, composer

Birth
1879

Friedrich Christiansen, nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland

Birth
1879

Laura Hope Crews, US, actress (Camille, Gone with the Wind)

Birth
1880

Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83

Death
1882

Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)

Birth
1884

1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval

Event
1886

Owen Moore, County Meath Ireland, actor (She Done Him Wrong)

Birth
1887

Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer

Birth