On December 12:
|Heraclius and his son Heraclius Constantine on a Roman coin|
1769 French explorer Jean François Marie de Surville first sights New Zealand near Hokianga.
1779 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint was born.
1805 Henry Wells, Founder of American Express, was born.
1812 The French invasion of Russia ended.
Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, painted by Adolph Northen.
1821 Gustave Flaubert, French writer, was born.
1863 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter, was born.
|Self Portrait with Skeleton Arm,|
1893 Edward G. Robinson, American actor, was born.
1870 Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black U.S. congressman.
1900 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, was born.
1915 Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, was born.
1927 Robert Noyce, American inventor of the microship, was born.
1929 John Osborne, English dramatist, was born.
1935 Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction programme, was founded by Heinrich Himmler.
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and senior members of the KMT after their arrest.
1938 Connie Francis, American singer, was born.
1940 – Dionne Warwick, American singer, was born.
1949 – Bill Nighy, English actor, was born.
1961 The first Golden Kiwi draw took place.
1963 Kenya gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
1965 Will Carling, English rugby union footballer, was born.
1988 The Clapham Junction rail crash killed thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains.
Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia.
P.S. – If you’ve got a feeling of deja vu, it’s because I must have typed 12 when searching for December 2 so most of the people and events mentioned today were noted 10 days ago.