This Day in History: January 12

Haiti earthquake of 2010: search and rescue

2010 – Haiti severely damaged by earthquake. On this day in 2010, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, especially Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving more than 1,000,000 homeless and touching off a massive international relief effort.

Hattie Ophelia Caraway

1932 – Hattie Ophelia Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.


1879 – The Anglo-Zulu War began this week as the British sought control over Zululand in eastern South Africa.

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