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1994 U.S.A. O.J. Simpson
12th June 1994 : Nicole Brown Simpson, O.J. Simpson's ex-wife, and her friend Ron Goldman are brutally stabbed to death outside Nicole's home in Brentwood, California. OJ Simpson was later tried for the murders and although the evidence against Simpson was extensive he was found not guilty.
1917 Greece King Constantine I
12th June 1917 : King Constantine I of Greece , abdicates his throne in the face of pressure from Britain and France and internal opponents
1922 U.S.A. Ferris Wheel
12th June 1922 : An unusual Hurricane and Tornadoes hit the New York Metropolitan Area causing billions of dollars in damage and loss of life . The storm hit suddenly and in Clasons Point a pleasure park near city Island a Ferris wheel with a large number of young riders broke away from it's mountings and crashed to the ground.
1929 Mexico Students
12th June 1929 : 2000 Students on strike take over the main building of the Mexican National University. The students held hostages and put a red flag over the building. They demanded the university rector to resign, but he refused. Eventually the students let the hostages go, but they still kept guard over the building.
1935 U.S.A. Ella Fitzgerald
12th June 1935 : At age 17, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs - "Love and Kisses" and "I'll Chase the Blues Away." They came to be big hits for her.
1942 World War II Coral Sea
12th June 1942 : The news of A great Naval Battle between Naval forces from the United States and Japan in the Coral Sea between March 19th
and May 9th resulted in the loss of the US aircraft carrier Lexington and 2 other US ships and the loss of 15 ships from the Japanese Navy . The naval battle is considered a major win for the US Navy.
1964 South Africa Nelson Mandela
12th June 1964 : The leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is jailed for life for sabotage.
1965 Vietnam Phan Huy Quat Resigns
12th June 1965 : South Vietnamese Premier Phan Huy Quat resigns following civil unrest and a military government is put in place headed by Army General Nguyen Van Thieu
1967 U.S.A. Interracial Marriages
12th June 1967 : Interracial marriages declared constitutional by The Supreme Court and barred Virginia and by implication other states from making interracial marriage a crime.
1975 India Indira Gandhi
12th June 1975 : Indira Gandhi , the prime minister of India, is found guilty of electoral corruption in her successful 1971 campaign. Gandhi refused to give up India's top office and later declared martial law in the country when public demonstrations threatened to topple her administration.
1978 U.S.A. "Son of Sam"
12th June 1978 : David Berkowitz "Son of Sam" was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" .44-caliber killings in New York.
1982 U.S.A. Anti Nuclear Demonstrations
12th June 1982 : Around 700,000 demonstrators gathered in New York City's Central Park demanding an end to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
1987 Germany Berlin Wall
12th June 1987 : While standing in front of the Berlin Wall President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Wall down.
1992 U.S.A. Earth Summit Rio de Janeiro
12th June 1992 : George W. Bush addresses the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro announcing the United States will not sign the International Ecological Treaty / Later became the the Kyoto Protocol which most nations at the summit had agreed to.
1997 U.S.A. New $50 Bill
12th June 1997 : The US Treasury Department unveil a new $50 bill with a security thread which glows yellow under ultraviolet light making the bill more counterfeit-resistant.
1998 Japan Recession
12th June 1998 : After nearly 20 years of consistent growth the Japanese economy is now officialy in a recession as the latest figures show its economy has shrunk for the first time since 1974. Much of the problem has been caused by the collapse of land and property prices which has left Japanese banks with massive debts. The problems have also shaken consumer confidence as layoffs and unemployment worsens meaning the Japanese consumer is cutting back on spending.
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2007 Croatia Serb Leader Sentenced For Murder
12th June, 2007 : A former Serbian rebel leader was sentenced to thirty-five years in jail by the Hague for crimes committed in the early nineties, including persecution and murder. Fifty-two year old Milan Martic had been a leader of the Krajina Serb republic which had lasted from 1991
until 1995 in Croatia.
2008 Brazil Armed Robbers Steal Picasso Artwork
12th June, 2008 : Two armed robbers stole two Picasso engravings and two other pieces of artwork from a museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2010 United States Campers Killed in Floods
12th June, 2010 : At least sixteen people were killed in Arkansas after flood waters reached campsites at a national park. The floods injured over twenty other people and up to thirty remained missing. Some of the surviving campers stated that they had to hold onto the trees for hours waiting to be rescued.
2011 Philippines World's Shortest Man Declared
12th June, 2011 : Junrey Balawing, only 23.6 inches tall, was declared the world's shortest man by the Guinness World Records on his eighteenth birthday. Balawing's family stated that he had stopped growing at the age of two and that doctors could not explain why he was so short. Balawing was over seven centimeters shorter than the previous record holder.
2012 Cuba Cuban Boxing Great Teofilo Stevenson Dies
12th June, 2012 : Cuban heavyweight champion Teofilo Stevenson died at the age of sixty. Stevenson won three gold medals at the 1972
, 1976, and 1980 Olympics and was considered one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time.