On This Day: What happened on 12 April?

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 12 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 12 APRIL

2014 | The Great Fire of Valparaíso ravaged the Chilean city of Valparaíso, 16 people were killed, nearly 10 000 displaced, and destroyed over 2 000 homes.

2013 | Two suicide bombers killed three Chadian soldiers and injured dozens of civilians at a market in Kidal, Mali.

2007 | Iraqi MP Mohammed Awad was killed and more than twenty other people wounded when a suicide bomber penetrated the Green Zone and detonated in a cafeteria within a parliament building.

2002 | A suicide bomber blew herself up on this day at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market, seven people were injured and 104 wounded.

1999 | U.S. President Bill Clinton was accused of contempt of court for providing “intentionally false statements”, he was later fined and released.

1992 | The Euro Disney Resort was officially opened with its theme park Euro Disneyland; the resort and its park’s name was subsequently changed to Disneyland Paris.

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BIRTHDAYS

1943 | Indian politician, 16th Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan.

1947 | American businessman, and philanthropist, Woody Johnson.

1939 | British director, and playwright, Alan Ayckbourn.

1928 | German actor, Hardy Krüger, Hardy Krüger.

1942 | South African politician, 4th President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

1989 | Hungarian basketball player, Ádám Hanga.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2014 | American race car driver, Billy Standridge, 61.

2016 | American actress, Anne Jackson, 91.

2016 | Emirati politician & diplomat, Mohammad Al Gaz, 86.

2013 | South African boxer, Johnny du Plooy, 49.

2017 | American actor, and comedian, Charlie Murphy, 58.

SPORTS

1924 | In front of a disappointingly low crowd of 37 250 at Wembley England drew 1-1 with Scotland on this day In the first-ever international match with such supporters.

ENTERTAINMENT

2019 | For the first time in the USA, a romantic film named “The Perfect Date” was released on this day.

AFRICA FACT

Niger is the sixth-largest producer of uranium in the world, the basic energy needed for a nuclear power plant.

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