Today in History: 12 January


2015  Divers have retrieved one of two black boxes from Air Asia Flight 8501, which crashed on December 28th during its flight from Indonesia to Singapore; the second black box has been found nearby, but debris must first be moved in order to access it

2014  Pope Francis announces that on February 22, he will hold a Consistory and create 19 new Cardinals from 12 countries; the names of the Cardinals were released during the Holy Father's announcement

2014  At the 71st Golden Globe Awards, Best Motion Picture is awarded to '12 Years a Slave'; 'American Hustle receives the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award, with actress Amy Adams honored as Best Actress

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2013  County Wicklow, Ireland holds funeral services for Irish mountaineer, Ian McKeever, who was killed by lightning on Mount Kilimanjaro

Photo: Irish mountaineer, Ian McKeever (

2013  The air pollution in Beijing reaches levels deemed hazardous to human health

2012  A law banning Palestinians who marry Israeli's from gaining citizenship is upheld by Israel's Supreme Court

2012  A ceasefire is signed between the Burmese government and the Karen rebels

2011  Haiti commemorates the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake

2011  A plan to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria is launched by the World Health Organization (WHO)

2010  A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, devastating its capital city, Port-au-Prince, an estimated 150,000 were killed and buried later in mass graves



Compiled by Lerato Sebe