12 July It Happened Today
1536 Death of Dutch Renaissance writer Desiderius Erasmus.
1705 Death of English anti-Catholic conspirator Titus Oates.
1730 Birth of English industrialist Josiah Wedgwood, famous for his pottery.
1854 Birth of George Eastman, American inventor of the Kodak camera.
1920 The Panama Canal is officially opened.
1937 Birth of American entertainer Bill Cosby.
1982 Hostilities over the Falkland Islands between Argentina and Great Britain officially end.