1863 ~ Edvard Munch the Norwegian painter was born on the 12th December 1963 (died 1944).
1897 – Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, was founded on the 12th December 1897.
1901 – Guglielmo Marconi received the 1st transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland on the 12th December 1901.
1911 – Delhi replaced Calcutta as the capital of India on the 12th December 1911.
1940 – Dionne Warwick the American singer and actress was born on the 12th December 1940.
1941 – Adolf Hitler announced extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery on the 12th December 1941.
1957 – Sheila E. the American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actress was born on the 12th December 1957.
1964 ~ Rachel Elnaugh the British entrepreneur and founder of experiencial gift company Red Letter Days was born on the 12th December 1964. She came to public prominence as an investor on the Dragons’ Den.
1979 – A major earthquake and tsunami killed 259 people in Colombia on the 12th December 1979.
1983 – The Australian Labor government led by Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating floated the Australian dollar on the 12th December 1983.
1991 ~ Dyllan Christopher the American actor best known for his role as Spencer in the 2006 Christmas movie Uaccompanied Minors.
2000 – The United States Supreme Court released its decision in Bush v. Gore on the 12th December 2000.