September 12

This Day in History

1966

Gemini 11 Launches and Reaches Highest Orbit Ever

On this day in 1966, the Gemini XI space capsule was launched. It was the penultimate mission in NASA’s second manned spaceflight program. On board the 5.8 by 3 metre capsule were Charles Conrad and … (more...)

1974

Ancient Solomonic Dynasty Falls

On this day in 1974, Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethopia, was overthrown and removed from power by a military coup, thus ending the 3,000-year-old monarchy claiming descent from Menelik I, the supposed … (more...)

1977

Day of Martyrs

On September 12, 1977, Stephen Biko, leader of South Africa's "Black Consciousness" movement, dies shackled on the filthy floor of a police hospital. Earlier that month, he was nearly beaten to death … (more...)