June 12th – This Day in History Notable Quotes, Events, Deaths & Births

June 12, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

1665 – England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

1667 – The first successful human blood transfusion was performed, in France.

1776 – Virginia’s legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.

1838 – The Iowa Territory was organized.

1839 – According to popular legend, which has since been discredited, Abner Doubleday created baseball.

1849 – The gas mask was patented by L. P. Haslett.

1898 – Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain after 300 years.

1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.

1943 – The Alcan Highway, now known as the Alaska Highway, opened to traffic.

1967 – The Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

1981 – Major League Baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation.

1991 – Boris Yeltsin became the first popularly elected leader in the 1000-year history of Russia.

1994 – The bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were discovered outside her Brentwood, California condominium, and within days, actor/football legend O.J. Simpson was charged by police.

2004 – A 1.3 kg chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.

Notable Births

1806 – John A. Roebling, German-born American civil engineer and designer of the Brooklyn Bridge.

1819 – Charles Kingsley, English novelist.

1929 – Anne Frank, German Jewish diarist and Holocaust victim.

1941 – Chick Corea (born Armando Anthony Corea), American jazz pianist.

1977 – Kenny Wayne Shepherd, American blues musician.

Notable Deaths

1963 – African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, shot by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith.

1994 – Ronald Goldman, American actor and model.

1994 – Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of O.J. Simpson.

2002 – Bill Blass, American fashion designer.

2003 – Gregory Peck, American film actor.

2007 – Don Herbert, better known as “Mr. Wizard,” television science educator and producer.

Notable Holidays

  • Paraguay: Peace with Bolivia Day / Peace of Chaco Day.
  • Philippines: Independence Day.
  • Russia: Independence Day.
  • Brazil: Dia dos Namorados / Sweethearts’ Day.

Fact of the Day: Mint

The first U.S. mint was established in 1652 – in defiance of English colonial law – by John Hull, a silversmith in Massachusetts. The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling. The initial issue consisted of simple round planchets with NE punched on the obverse and the denomination on the reverse. John Hull’s share in the profits of the mint was fifteen pence out of every twenty shillings and he rapidly amassed a fortune. With the exception of Maryland, where Lord Baltimore struck off a few silver coins, Massachusetts is the only one of the 13 colonies that had a mint before the American Revolution. The mint in Philadelphia was founded in 1792 and still makes the majority of the coins used in daily circulation in the United States. The mint in Denver, founded in 1906, also produces general coinage. The mint in San Francisco, founded in 1854, discontinued making general coinage in 1955; but was reestablished in 1965 to make proof sets of coins for collectors. The mint at We st Point, New York, is now used primarily for gold minting.

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