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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 12 July, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 12 JULY

2013 | Six people were killed and 200 injured in a French passenger train crash in Brétigny-sur-Orge.

2012 | Syrian Civil War: Government forces targeted the homes of rebels and activists in Tremseh and killed anywhere between 68 and 150 people.

2007 | U.S. Army Apache helicopters engaged in airstrikes against civilians in Baghdad, Iraq; footage from the cockpit was later leaked to the Internet.

1998 | The Ulster Volunteer Forces attacked a house in Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland with a petro bomb, and Quinn’s brothers were killed.

1979 | The island nation of Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom.

1973 | A fire destroyed the entire sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.

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BIRTHDAYS

1965 | American singer and guitarist, Robin Wilson.

1930 | Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter, Gordon Pinsent.

1997 | English cricketer, Daniel Lawrence.

1988 | American football player, LeSean McCoy.

1985 | Italian footballer, Gianluca Curci.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1999 | Bollywood actor, Rajendra Kumar, 78.

2007 | Australian radio and television host, Stan Zemanek, 60.

1929 | American painter and educator, Robert Henri, 64.

2004 | English-Canadian ballerina, co-founded the National Ballet School of Canada, Betty Oliphant,86.

2014 | American political scientist and author, Alfred de Grazia, 95.

SPORTS

1974 | On this day, Liverpool signed Ray Kennedy from Arsenal for £180 000 and Bill Shankly announced that he was retiring as manager of Liverpool.

ENTERTAINMENT

2019 | On this day in Germany, “Kidnapping Stella” was released. It was directed by Thomas Sieben.

AFRICA FACT

More than half of the African continent is covered by grassland or savannah.

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