On This Day: January 12th
This is 12th day of the year and 354 days remain in the year.
The first public museum in the U.S. was established in Charleston, S.C.
H. L. Smith took the first X-ray photograph. It was a hand with a bullet in it.
The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
One month after Zanzibar became independent, the ruling Zanzibar Nationalist Party was overthrown in a violent coup.
Nineteen European countries signed an agreement banning human cloning.
Haiti is dealt a catastrophic blow when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the country's capital. It is the region's worst earthquake in 200 years. The number of fatalities were between 46,000 and 85,000 people.
January 12 BirthdaysJohn Hancock1737–93, political leader in the American Revolution and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Rob Zombierock musician, filmmaker
Howard Sternradio personality
Rush Limbaughradio personality
John Singer Sargentpainter
P. W. Bothapolitical leader
Edmund Burkepolitical writer and statesman
James Farmercivil rights leader