News and Events of 1912
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Boston Red Sox d. NY Giants (4-3-1)
Ethel Larcombe d. C. Sterry (6-3 6-1)Men:
Tony Wilding d. A. Gore (6-4 6-4 4-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Football Champions
Harvard (CFRA, HF) (9-0-0) & Penn St. (NCF) (8-0-0)
- The Radio Act of 1912 assigns three- and four-letter codes to radio stations and limits broadcasting to the 360m wavelength, which jams signals.
- Photoplay debuts as the first magazine for movie fans.
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Victor Grignard (France), for reagent discovered by him; and Paul Sabatier (France), for methods of hydrogenating organic compounds
Physics: Gustaf Dalén (Sweden), for discovery of automatic regulators used in lighting lighthouses and light buoys
Physiology or Medicine: Alexis Carrel (France), for work on vascular ligature and grafting of blood vessels and organs
- American Astronomer Henrietta Leavitt discovers a correlation between Cepheids' periods and luminosity, a relationship that becomes important to the measurement of interstellar and intergalactic distances.
- German meteorologist and geophysicist Alfred Wegener proposes the idea of continental drift.
- Piltdown Man hoax perpetuated. Supposed fossils said to be "missing link" in evolution. In 1953 it was found that human and ape bones were fraudulently aged.