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On This Day in History - 12th December


1863Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter
1893Edward G. Robinson, American actor; ('Scarface','Little Caesar' & Key Largo')
1915Frank Sinatra, American singer and 'Oscar' winning actor
1929John Osborne, Playwright,actor and producer
1932Lionel Blair, Dancer, TV presenter and director
1941Dionne Warwick, US 'Soul' star, and Whitney Houston's aunt
1960Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver


1889Robert Browning, the renowned English poet, died
1915The German Junkers J1, the worlds first all metal aeroplane, had its first test flight
1917The worlds worst train accident took place at Modane, France, when 543 people were killed
1939Douglas Fairbanks Snr., star of stage and screen, died
1955The 'Hovercraft' was patented by British engineer Christopher Cockerell
1977Winston Churchill's widow, Lady Spencer Churchill, died aged 92
1991Salman Rushdie faced new death threats, after a paperback edition of his controversial book was to be published