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On This Day in History - 12th July


1817Henry Thoreau, American author
1854George Eastman, American pioneer in photography
1895Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist
1927Frank Windsor, Actor
1937Bill Cosby, US television & film comedy actor
1947Gareth Edwards, Rugby player
1958Jennifer Saunders, English comedienne


1543Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, his 6th and last wife
1794Lord Nelson lost his right eye at the seige of Calvi
1920The Panama Canal was opened by American president Woodrow Wilson
1960The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 5, with two dogs on board
1970Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Atlantic ocean in a papyrus boat
1984Robert Maxwell bought the Mirror Group newspapers
1986Many people were injured during 'Battle of the Boyne' rallies