spotlight Highlights from history: July 12 Jul 12, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1957: Dwight D. Eisenhower In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was flown by helicopter from the White House to a secret mountaintop location as part of a drill involving a mock nuclear attack on Washington. AP 1960: Etch A Sketch In 1960, the Etch A Sketch Magic Screen drawing toy, invented by French electrician Andre Cassagnes, was first produced by the Ohio Art Co. AP 1962: Rolling Stones In 1962, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever gig at The Marquee in London. AP 1967: Newark, New Jersey In 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey, over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that followed. AP 1984: Mondale & Ferraro On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. AP 1994: Bill Clinton In 1994, President Bill Clinton, visiting Germany, went to the eastern sector of Berlin, the first U.S. president to do so since Harry Truman. AP 2003: USS Ronald Reagan In 2003, the USS Ronald Reagan, the first carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va. AP 2005: Prince Albert II of Monaco In 2005, Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne of a 700-year-old dynasty. AP 2009: Eun Hee Ji Ten years ago: Eun Hee Ji of South Korea made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, finishing off an even-par 71 to win the U.S. Women's Open. AP 2009: Nigeria Ten years ago: Rebels in Nigeria set fire to an oil depot and loading tankers in Lagos, killing five people in the group's first attack outside the Delta region. AP 2014: Afghanistan Election Five years ago: Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to allow a complete audit of their contested presidential election. (Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani emerged the winner over former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.) AP 2018: Emmy Nominations One year ago: "Game of Thrones" led the way with 22 Emmy nominations; Netflix programs captured 112 nominations, taking away HBO's front-runner title. AP 2018: NATO Summit One year ago: After an emergency gathering of NATO leaders held to address his criticisms, President Donald Trump said the U.S. commitment to the alliance "remains very strong," despite reports that he had threatened to pull out in a dispute over defense spending. Trump then flew to Great Britain for his first visit as president. AP 2018: Syria One year ago: Syria's government raised its flag over the southern city of Daraa, the cradle of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad, after rebels in the city surrendered. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion We can deliver obituaries to your email. Sign up here. promotion Enter Today! Great Grocery Giveaway!