December 12

This Day in History

1916

Attempting to Find Peace

On 12 December, Germany publicly called for peace negotiations with the Allies, an action that on the surface appeared reasonable and conciliatory. The plan was announced by the Imperial Chancellor, … (more...)

1901

First Atlantic Wireless

Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth … (more...)

1408

Order of the Dragon Founded

"On this day in 1408, the Order of the Dragon was founded by Sigismund, King of Hungary and later Holy Roman Emperor, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje. It was similar to other medieval chivalric … (more...)

1098

Crusaders Become Cannibals

"On this day in 1098, the Siege of Ma’aarra, a long and infamous siege during the First Crusade in which some Crusaders massacred and feasted on their Muslim enemies, took place in the city of … (more...)