Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 12 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 12 JANUARY

2016 | In Istanbul, 10 people were killed and 15 injured in a bomb attack near the Blue Mosque.

2015 | A government crackdown killed 143 Boko Haram militants in Kolofata, Cameroon.

2012 | Violent protests were taking place in Bucharest, Romania, with two days of protests against President Traian BĿsescu’s economic sanctions.  Clashes were reported in several Romanian cities between protesters and law enforcement officials.

2010 | An earthquake in Haiti killed more than 100 000 people and destroyed much of the capital, Port-au-Prince on this day.

2006 | Thousands of Muslims rushed to complete a symbolic stoning ritual during the Hajj in MINA, Saudi Arabia caused a stampede in which at least 345 people were killed.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1988 | Italian race car driver and motorcycle racer, Piero Taruffi, 82. 

2015 | Brazilian-Dutch field hockey player, Inge Vermeulen, 30.

1965 | American author, playwright, and director, Lorraine Hansberry, 29.

1977 | French director and screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot, 70.

1971 | First Baron Tovey, English admiral, John Tovey, 86.

BIRTHDAYS.

1936 | Latvian pianist, Raimonds Pauls.

1963 | Brazilian singer, guitarist, and producer, Nando Reis.

1975 | Canadian ice hockey player and coach, Jocelyn Thibault.

1957 | English director, playwright, and composer, Jeremy Sams.

1961 | Malaysia-born English actor and historian, Simon Russell Beale.

1948 | Canadian educator, and politician, 34th Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell. 

SPORTS

 2001 | On this day Sven-Göran Eriksson after resigning from Lazio, officially took over as England manager.

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ENTERTAINMENT

2001 | In the United States, “Save the Last Dance” directed by Thomas Carter was released on this day.

AFRICA FACT

The belief in the cyclical nature of truth is among the African traditional religions, there is the living stand between their grandparents (ancestors) and unborn children.

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