12 January

1888 : Terrible blizzard in the northwest U.S.


On January 12, 1888, Arctic air coming from Canada arrived suddenly in Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The relatively mild temperatures fall sharply to minus 40 C a strong blizzard with heavy snow brought blinding conditions. 235 people were killed, mostly children on their way home from school.

1943 : Operation Iskra


On January 12, 1943, Soviet troops launched Operation Iskra and made a breach in the siege of Leningrad that had begun on September 8, 1941. The Soviets managed to create a narrow corridor to supply the population but the siege only ended in January 1944. 1 million civilians and 800,000 Soviet soldiers were killed during the siege of Leningrad.

1948 : Equal Rights


In Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the State of Oklahoma should provide the same instruction to Blacks than for Whites and that the University could not deny admission based on race.

2010 : Huge Earthquake in Haiti


On January 12, 2010 at 16:53, an earthquake of magnitude 7 caused a huge disaster in Haiti. The epicenter was located near the town of Leogane, 25km from the capital Port-au-Prince. Approximately 230 000 people were killed, 300,000 injured and over a million left homeless. A massive humanitarian aid had been collected, but a year later, enormous problems remained.

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Olivier Lockert, psychologue et auteur Franais
There is only one way to fail is to give up until we did it!

: 12 January

Charles Perrault, Writer (1628)
Jack London, Writer (1876)
Paul Hermann Mller, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate (1899)
Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist (1903)
Sergei Korolev, Russian rocket scientist (1907)
Pieter Willem Botha, South African politician (1916)
Shirley Eaton, Actress (1937)
Marie Dubois, Actress (1937)
Joe Frazier, Boxer (1944)
Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist (1944)
Maggie Bell, Singer (1945)
Kentarō Haneda, Japanese composer (1949)
Kirstie Alley, Actress (1951)
Rockne S. O'Bannon, Screenwriter (1955)
Oliver Platt, Actor (1960)
Olivier Martinez, Actor (1966)
Zack de la Rocha, Musician (Rage Against the Machine) (1970)
Priyanka Gandhi, Daughter of Rajiv Gandhi (1972)
Dan Haseltine, Singer (Jars of Clay) (1973)
Matthew Wong, Musician (Reel Big Fish) (1973)
Melanie Chisholm, Singer (Spice Girls) (1974)
Jason Freese, Musician (Green Day) (1975)
David Zabriskie, American cyclist (1979)
Angus Macdonald, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1981)
Paul-Henri Mathieu, Tennis player (1982)
Chris Casement, Irish footballer (1988)
Aika Mitsui, Japanese singer (1993)

Ils nous ont quitt un 12 January

Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician (1665)
John Horsley, British archaeologist (1732)
Marie-Antoine Carme, French chef (1833)
Hermann Minkowski, German mathematician (1909)
Agatha Christie, Writer (1976)
Henri-Georges Clouzot, Director (1977)
Nikolai Podgorny, President of the USSR (1983)
Jean-Edern Hallier, Writer (1997)
Charles B. Huggins, Cancer researcher (1997)
Maurice Gibb, Singer (Bee Gees) (2003)
Amrish Puri, Indian actor (2005)
Claude Berri, Director (2009)

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To avoid condensation on your windshield


To not have condensation on your windshield, you can apply shaving cream inside. Make sure to wipe with paper towel.

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