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This Day In History: Nov. 12

This Day in History

1918: After Charles I, the emperor of Austria-Hungary, abdicates, Austria and Hungary are proclaimed republics.
1920: In the aftermath of World War I, territorial disputes between Italy and Yugoslavia are settled by the Treaty of Rapallo.
1921: The Washington Conference, an attempt to limit naval armaments, convenes in Washington, D.C.
1942: During World War II, the Battle of Guadalcanal begins.
1956: Tunisia is admitted to the United Nations.
1982: In the Soviet Union, Yuri Andropov is named general secretary of the Communist Party's Central Committee.
1997: Two Islamic militants are convicted in the 1993 bombing of New York's World Trade Center.
1999: A major earthquake, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, hits northwestern Turkey, claiming more than 700 lives.
2001: An American Airlines passenger jet crashes in Queens, NY, shortly after takeoff from New York's Kennedy Airport, killing all 260 on board and 5 in the residential neighborhood on the ground.
2003: A bombing outside an Italian police station in Nasiriya, Iraq, kills 32 and wounds more than 100.

Today's Birthdays

1815: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women's suffrage leader (Johnston, NY; died 1902)
1840: Auguste Rodin, sculptor (Paris, France; died 1917)
1866: Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary leader (Xiangshan, China; died 1925)
1908: Harry A. Blackmun, Supreme Court justice (Nashville, IL; died 1999)
1929: Princess Grace (Grace Kelly), actress and princess of Monaco (Philadelphia, PA; died 1982)
1931: Norman Mineta, Transportation Secretary (San Jose, CA)
1944: Al Michaels, sportscaster (New York, NY)
1945: Neil Young, singer/songwriter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
1961: Nadia Comaneci, Olympic champion gymnast (Romania)
1967: David Schwimmer, actor (Queens, NY)
1968: Sammy Sosa, baseball player (San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic)
1970: Tonya Harding, figure skater (Portland, OR)
1982: Anne Hathaway, actress (Brooklyn, NY)
1984: Scarlet Johansson, actress (New York, NY)

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