Today In History Spotlights Jan. 12, 1932, Hattie Caraway is First Female Elected to the US Senate

Today’s History Spotlight

Hattie Caraway becomes the first female elected to the US Senate. Born on February 1 near Bakerville, Tennessee, she represented Arkansas in the Senate as a member of the Democratic Party. Caraway later won her reelection bid.

She stated to reporters, “The time has passed when a woman should be placed in a position and kept there only while someone else is being groomed for the job.”

What Happened On This Day – January 12

  • 2010 An earthquake kills 316,000 in Haiti. Most of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was destroyed during the disaster.
  • 1991 The U.S. Congress votes for war in Iraq. President George H. W. Bush was given the authority to use military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait.
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin releases their debut album. The album was imaginatively named “Led Zeppelin”.
  • 1967 James Bedford is frozen with intent of future resuscitation. Bedford was the first human to be cryonically preserved; his body awaits resuscitation in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • 1908 The first long-distance radio message is broadcast from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Scientist Lee de Forest’s broadcast was heard by an audience of 50.

Births On This Day – January 12

  • 1968 Heather Mills – English model, activist
  • 1917 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Indian guru
  • 1916 P. W. Botha – South African politician, 1st State President of South Africa
  • 1876 Jack London – American author
  • 1729 Edmund Burke – Irish politician, philosopher

Deaths On This Day – January 12

  • 2005 Amrish Puri – Indian actor
  • 2003 Maurice Gibb – English singer-songwriter bass player, producer
  • 1976 Agatha Christie – English author
  • 1971 John Tovey, 1st Baron Tovey – English Admiral
  • 1856 Ľudovít Štúr – Slovak politician, author

The sections “What Happened On This Day,” “Births On This Day,” and “Deaths On This Day” originally appeared at TimeandDate.com and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.


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