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12th December


1787 Pennsylvania became the second US state.

1893 * Edward G. Robinson, US actor who starred in the film Key Largo (1948).

1896 Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.

1913 The Mona Lisa was recovered in Florence after having been stolen two years earlier from the Louvre.

1915 * Frank Sinatra, US singer and actor who won an Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953).

1915 The first all-metal plane by German builder Hugo Junkers, was flown for the first time.

1917 The worlds worst train accident took place at Modane, France, when 543 people were killed.

1932 * Lionel Blair, Dancer, TV presenter and director.

1946 * Emmerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian motor racing driver, winner of the 1993 Indianapolis 500.

1955 Christopher Cockerell patented the design for his hovercraft.

1962 * Tracy Austin, US tennis player and twice winner of the US Open.

1967 Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones had a nine-month jail sentence overturned at the Court of Appeal in London.

1969 Simultaneous bomb explosions in Milan and Rome left at least 27 people dead and 100 injured.

1975 A six-day siege ended peacefully in Balcombe Street London after four IRA gunmen freed their hostages and gave themselves up to police.

1988 35 people died and 100 others were injured after three trains were involved in a collision in Clapham, south London.

1992 Princess Anne became Mrs Timothy Laurence after a small family wedding in Scotland.


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