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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Thursday, 12 December 2019

Washington D.C. was established as the capital of the United States.

Robert Browning (b. 1812), one of the foremost Victorian poets of England, died.

King George V announced the the shift of the capital of British India from Calcutta to Delhi at the Delhi Durbar.


Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting the Mona Lisa, stolen from the Louvre Museum in 1911, was recovered in Italy.

The United Nations accepted a gift of prime land in Manhattan, New York from millionaire philanthropist John D Rockefeller Jr.

Rajinikanth, the superstar of Tamil cinema, was born as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad in Bengaluru. He has worked in over 150 films across various film industries of India.

Kenya became independent from the United Kingdom.

Maithilisharan Gupt (b. 1886), one of the most important modern Hindi poets who pioneered the use of Khari Boli, died.

A gas stove exploded in a tent and started a fire which killed 138 Haj pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zimbabwe.

Ramanand Sagar (b.1917), director of the film Aankhen and popular TV series Ramayan and Krishna, died.

US sprinter Marion Jones was stripped of her five medals from the 2000 Summer Olympics by the International Olympic Committee after she admitted to having taken performance-enhancing drugs.

North Korea successfully launched its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 into space.


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