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Today in history - July 12th

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  1. pissedoffsol

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    * 1191 - Saladin's garrison surrenders, ending the two-year siege of Acre. Conrad of Montferrat, who has negotiated the surrender, raises the banners of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and of the Third Crusade leaders Richard I of England, Philip II of France, and Leopold V of Austria on the city's walls and towers.
    * 1543 - King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr at Hampton Court Palace.
    * 1573 - Spanish forces under the Duke of Alba capture Haarlem after a seven month siege.
    * 1580 - Ostrog Bible, the first printed Bible in a Slavic language, is published.
    * 1690 - Williamite war in Ireland: Battle of the Boyne (Gregorian calendar) - The army of William III of England defeats that of the deposed King James VII of Scotland and II of England.
    * 1691 - Williamite war in Ireland: Battle of Aughrim (Julian calendar) - The decisive victory of William's forces in Ireland.
    * 1759 - Seven Years' War - French and Indian War: British cannons start firing on French at Quebec City, from Lévis, Quebec.
    * 1806 - Sixteen German imperial states leave the Holy Roman Empire and form the Confederation of the Rhine.
    * 1812 - War of 1812: The United States invade Canada at Windsor, Ontario.
    * 1862 - Medal of Honor authorized by the United States Congress.
    * 1892 - A hidden lake bursts out of a glacier on the side of Mont Blanc, flooding the valley below and killing around 200 villagers and holidaymakers in Saint Gervais.
    * 1932 - Lambeth Bridge, London, opened by King George V of the United Kingdom
    * 1932 - Hedley Verity establishes a first-class record by taking all ten wickets for only ten runs against Nottinghamshire on a pitch affected by a storm.
    * 1933 - Congress passes the first federal minimum wage law in the United States: 33 cents per hour.
    * 1943 - World War II: Battle of Prokhorovka - German and Soviet forces engage in largest tank engagement of all time.
    * 1950 - René Pleven becomes Prime Minister of France.
    * 1960 - Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
    * 1967 - Four days of race riots begin in Newark, New Jersey that will claim the lives of 27 people.
    * 1973 - A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.
    * 1975 - São Tomé and Príncipe declare independence from Portugal.
    * 1979 - Disco Demolition Night takes place in Chicago.
    * 1979 - The island nation of Kiribati declares independence from Great Britain.
    * 1993 - A magnitude 7.8 earthquake off the shore of Hokkaido, Japan launches a devastating tsunami, killing 202 on the small island of Okushiri.
    * 2002 - Gay rights: The Superior Court of Ontario orders Ontario to recognize same-sex marriages.
    * 2004 - Pedro Santana Lopes is officially appointed Prime Minister of Portugal.
    * 2005 - Prince Albert II is enthroned as ruler of the Principality of Monaco.
    * 2005 - Thunder Horse, the largest semi-submersible oil platform in the world, is found listing badly after hurricane Dennis.

    and, happy brithday to:

    * 1817 - Henry David Thoreau, American writer and philosopher (d. 1862)
    * 1861 - George Washington Carver, American botanist (d. 1943)
    * 1937 - Bill Cosby, American comedian and actor
    * 1948 - Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer
    * 1967 - John Petrucci, American guitar player (Dream Theater)
    * 1978 - Michelle Rodriguez, American actress

    more stuff:
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  2. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    Random post of the day award goes tooooooooo
  3. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    yeah, i'm bored, and no one is posting shit.
  4. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    wtf, where is everyone today
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