June 12th Major News Events

  1. 1935 Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs.
  2. 1917 King Constantine I of Greece abdicated after pressure.
  3. 1964 Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress, was jailed for life in South Africa.
  4. 1967 The US Supreme Court declared interracial marriages constitutional.
  5. 1987 US President Ronald Reagan called for the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

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1994 USA O.J. Simpson

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

1917 : King Constantine I of Greece, abdicates his throne in the face of pressure from Britain and France and internal opponents.

1922 USA Ferris Wheel

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

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 USA Ella Fitzgerald

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.

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Anne Frank

Born: Annelies Marie Frank, June 12th, 1929, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Died: Spring, 1945

Known For : Otto Frank moved his family to Amsterdam on the accession of Adolf Hitler. Anne and her sister Margot went to school in Amsterdam. and their father started to run a business with a fellow Jew. The German Army invaded Holland in May 1940, and the Nazi Party imposed restrictions and segregation on the Dutch Jews. On her birthday in 1942 Anne was given the book that she would use as her diary by her father. Margot was ordered to a work camp, and the family went in to hiding. They lived in the rooms that were behind his office, and were joined by his partner's family and one other man. Their rooms were called the Secret Annex, and Anne recorded many details of their lives over the next two years. The Secret Annex was discovered on July 4th, 1944 and they were all sent to concentration camps. Anne died there, and only Otto survived their internment. He returned to Amsterdam, and the diary was published in 1947.

1942 World War II Coral Sea

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

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

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 USA Interracial Marriages

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

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.

1980s Ladies Dresses

1988 Two Piece Dramatic Dress

From 1988 Two Piece Dramatic Dress

Price: $80.00

Description : A dress that makes heads turn and hearts sigh. Two piece, cut-out sleeveless dress has softly draped and shirred turtleneck with top back slit and back button closure. Elastic waist, shirred self-covered cummerbund with back button closure. Soft, gathered skirt. Cocoon-style jacket has self-covered shoulder pads, button cuffs. Pale pink.

1980s Home Electrical

1988 CD Cassette Boom Box

1988 CD Cassette Boom Box

Price: $288.88

You can listen to up to 16 tracks in any order, or repeat your favorite song with the CD play on this boom box. Automatic music sensor moves forward or back to the next selection. Five-band graphic equalizer.

1978 USA Son of Sam

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 USA Anti Nuclear Demonstrations

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

1987 : While standing in front of the Berlin Wall President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Wall down.

1992 Earth Summit Rio de Janeiro

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.

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George Herbert Walker Bush

Born: June 12, 1924, Milton Massachusetts

Died: November 30, 2018, Houston, Texas

Known For : George H. W. Bush, a member of a politically influential family, was a one-term US president from 1989 to 1993. He previously served as Vice President under Reagan, the Director of the CIA, UN Ambassador, and a US Representative from Texas. Much of his presidency is seen as a continuation of Reagan’s policies with little intention to upset the status quo. One of his administration’s biggest accomplishments was the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the Gulf War, and US invasion of Panama also took place during his time in office. He was the 41st President of the United States.

1997 USA New $50 Bill

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

1998 : After nearly 20 years of consistent growth the Japanese economy is now officially 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.

2007 Croatia Serb Leader Sentenced For Murder

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

2008 : Two armed robbers stole two Picasso engravings and two other pieces of artwork from a museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Smart Faille Hat 1926 Smart Faille Hat
Price: $3.95

A charming faille Hat, gay with contrasting braid embroidery and gold edged brim. Smart to wear year round.

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2010 United States Campers Killed in Floods

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

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 Cuban Boxing Great Teofilo Stevenson Dies

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.

2013 Japan World's Oldest Man Dies

2013 : The worlds oldest man and oldest man in recorded history, Jiroemon Kimura, died at the age of one-hundred and sixteen years old. Kimura died of natural causes in Kyoto, Japan.

100 years of price Change

100 Years Of Price Changes

We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2023