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Notable Historical Events for July 12th

1771James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs England

1926Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)

1537Battle of Albancay: Diego de Almagro defeated by army led by Alonso de Alvarado on behalf of Francisco Pizarro

1996Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract for 1 year for $25 million

19878th US Seniors Golf Open: Gary Player

1990Boris Yeltsin quits Soviet Communist Party

1921Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs

1998Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

1843Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy

1927Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 HRs

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Notable Birthdays on July 12th

1943Christine McVie, Lancashire, rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me)

1937Bill Cosby, Phila, actor/comedian (I Spy, Cosby, Leonard Part 6)

1852Hipólito Yrigoyen, Buenos Aires, President of Argentina (1916-22, 1928-30) (d. 1933)

1817Henry David Thoreau, Concord Mass, naturalist/pacifist (Walden Pond), (d. 1862)

1904Pablo Neruda, Chile, poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971)

1920Pierre Berton, Whitehorse Yukon, Canadian author (War of 1812)

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Notable Weddings on July 12th

1963NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper

1918Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)

1933Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

1998"Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California

1937Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris

1543England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife)

July 12th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on July 12th

1536Desiderius Erasmus, humanist/priest (Novum instrumentum omne), dies

1804Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken

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