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December 11, 2012

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2012. There are 20 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 11, 1972, Apollo 17's lunar module landed on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard; during three extravehicular activities (EVAs), they became the last two men to date to step onto the lunar surface.

On this date:

  • In 1792, France's King Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted, and executed the following month.)
  • In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.
  • In 1912, movie producer Carlo Ponti was born in Magenta, Italy.
  • In 1928, police in Buenos Aires announced they had thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.
  • In 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson; his brother, Prince Albert, became King George VI.
  • In 1937, Italy announced it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
  • In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
  • In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.
  • In 1961, a U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon — the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas.
  • In 1981, the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians at the hands of army troops. The U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar (hah-vee-EHR' PEHR'-ehs day KWAY'-yahr) of Peru to be the fifth secretary-general. Muhammad Ali, 39, fought his final fight, losing by unanimous decision to Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas.
  • In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases.
  • In 2008, Bernie Madoff was arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. (Madoff is serving a 150-year federal prison sentence.)

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