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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Thursday, 12 December 2019
 
 

1800
Washington D.C. was established as the capital of the United States.


  1889
Robert Browning (b. 1812), one of the foremost Victorian poets of England, died.

  1911
King George V announced the the shift of the capital of British India from Calcutta to Delhi at the Delhi Durbar.

 

1913
Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting the Mona Lisa, stolen from the Louvre Museum in 1911, was recovered in Italy.


  1946
The United Nations accepted a gift of prime land in Manhattan, New York from millionaire philanthropist John D Rockefeller Jr.

  1950
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.

  1963
Kenya became independent from the United Kingdom.

  1964
Maithilisharan Gupt (b. 1886), one of the most important modern Hindi poets who pioneered the use of Khari Boli, died.

  1975
A gas stove exploded in a tent and started a fire which killed 138 Haj pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

  1979
Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zimbabwe.

  2005
Ramanand Sagar (b.1917), director of the film Aankhen and popular TV series Ramayan and Krishna, died.

  2007
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.

  2012
North Korea successfully launched its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 into space.

 

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