This Day in History: July 12

On this present day, July 12 …

1984: Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale proclaims he has chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his operating mate, making Ferraro the primary lady to run for vp on a major-party ticket.

Also on this present day:

  • 1817: Author and poet Henry David Thoreau is born in Concord, Mass.
  • 1862: President Abraham Lincoln indicators a invoice authorizing the Army Medal of Honor.
  • 1909: The House of Representatives joins the Senate in passing the sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, permitting for a federal earnings tax, and submits it to the states. (It could be declared ratified in February 1913.)

  • 1960: The Etch A Sketch Magic Screen drawing toy, invented by French electrician Andre Cassagnes, is first produced by the Ohio Art Co.
  • 1962: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever gig on the Marquee in London.
  • 1977: President Jimmy Carter defends Supreme Court limits on authorities funds for poor ladies’s abortions, saying, “There are many things in life that are not fair.”

  • 2003: The USS Ronald Reagan, the primary provider named for a residing president, is commissioned in Norfolk, Va.
FILE -- April 26, 2006: Tony Snow speaks to reporters after President George W. Bush announced that Snow would serve as the new White House press secretary.

FILE — April 26, 2006: Tony Snow speaks to reporters after President George W. Bush introduced that Snow would function the brand new White House press secretary.
(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

  • 2008: Former White House press secretary and Fox News host Tony Snow dies in Washington, D.C. at age 53. He is fondly remembered and nonetheless very missed by mates and colleagues.
  • 2019: U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, beneath hearth for his involvement in a secret 2008 plea deal for rich financier Jeffrey Epstein, says he would resign after Epstein’s indictment on intercourse trafficking prices.


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