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1 Jan 1912
  • Woo Yi was born. ww2dbase [Yi Woo | CPC]
7 Jan 1912

Germany
  • Robert Greim was promoted to the rank of Fähnrich. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
10 Jan 1912
  • Keen to emulate the American Eugene Ely, Lieutenant Charles Samson flew a Short S.27 aircraft off the forecastle of HMS Africa. He then repeated the feat at a naval review at Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom the following May from the battleships Hibernia and London. ww2dbase [AC]
14 Jan 1912

Korea
  • General Sadayoshi Ando was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Arisawa Ueda. ww2dbase [CPC]
23 Jan 1912

Netherlands
  • Queen Wilhelmina suffered a miscarriage. ww2dbase [Wilhelmina | CPC]
25 Jan 1912

United States
  • Henry Arnold set an altitude record of 1,452 meters, or 4,764 feet. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
27 Jan 1912
  • Erwin Rommel was promoted to the rank of Leutnant. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
6 Feb 1912
  • Eva Braun was born in MĂĽnchen in southern Germany. ww2dbase [Eva Braun | CPC]
11 Feb 1912

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell returned to the United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
12 Feb 1912

Czechoslovakia
  • Josef Blösche was born in Friedland, Austria–Hungary (now Frydlant, Czech Republic). ww2dbase [Josef Blösche | Frydlant | CPC]
21 Feb 1912

United Kingdom
  • Zhaohe completed her trials in Britain. ww2dbase [Zhaohe | England | CPC]
1 Mar 1912

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was made the commanding officer of cruiser Ibuki. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
19 Mar 1912 Austria
25 Mar 1912
  • Yoshijiro Umezu was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Yoshijiro Umezu | CPC]
29 Mar 1912
  • Hanna Reitsch was born in Hirschberg, Silesia, Germany. ww2dbase [Hanna Reitsch | CPC]
30 Mar 1912
  • France established a full protectorate over Morocco. ww2dbase [AC]
8 Apr 1912
13 Apr 1912
  • King George V of the United Kingdom signed a Royal Warrant establishing the Royal Flying Corps. ww2dbase [George VI | AC]
20 Apr 1912

Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Eitaro Kataoka was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
26 Apr 1912

China
  • Lieutenant General Yasumasa Fukushima succeeded General Baron Yoshimasa Oshima as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
4 May 1912

Photo(s) dated 4 May 1912
Thomas Hitchcock, Jr. and Flora Whitney at Belmont Park, New York, United States, 4 May 1912
13 May 1912
  • The Air Battalion of the British Royal Corps of Engineers became the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps. ww2dbase [AC]
14 May 1912

Germany
  • King Frederick VIII of Denmark (age 68) collapsed and died whilst on a walk in Hamburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Hamburg | AC]
1 Jun 1912

United States
  • Henry Arnold set an altitude record of 1,990 meters, or 6,540 feet. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
2 Jun 1912
  • In tests completed at College Park, Maryland, United States, Captain Charles Chandler fired a new Lewis machine gun from an aircraft flown by Lieutenant Thomas D. Milling; the results were so encouraging that ten more Lewis guns were requested, but this order could not be met as the US Army Ordnance Department had not then ordered the weapon into production. During World War I the American-designed Lewis became a standard aircraft machine gun. ww2dbase [Lewis | AC]
6 Jun 1912

United States
23 Jun 1912

United Kingdom
26 Jun 1912

United States
  • Henry Arnold crashed the US Army's first front-mounted propeller-and-engine aircraft on takeoff into the bay at Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | Plymouth, Massachusetts | CPC]
1 Jul 1912

Japan
  • Settsu was commissioned into service. Captain Morihide Tanaka, the chief equipping officer, was made the ship's first commanding officer. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
4 Jul 1912
  • Friedrich Paulus married Elena Rosetti-Solescu. ww2dbase [Friedrich Paulus | CPC]
5 Jul 1912
  • The British Royal Flying Corps' first fatal crash occurred when Captain Eustace B. Loraine and his observer, Staff Sergeant R. H. V. Wilson, flying from Larkhill Aerodrome, were killed in a crash on Salisbury Plain. ww2dbase [AC]
15 Jul 1912

France
  • The construction of battleship Lorraine was ordered. ww2dbase [Lorraine | CPC]
17 Jul 1912
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of midshipman. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
1 Aug 1912

France
4 Aug 1912
  • Raoul Wallenberg was born in Kappsta, Lidingö, Sweden. ww2dbase [Raoul Wallenberg | CPC]
19 Aug 1912

Japan
  • Kenkichi Ueda was made the chief of staff to the 16th Division. ww2dbase [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
24 Aug 1912
  • Hazel Lee was born in Portland, Oregon, United States. ww2dbase [Hazel Lee | CPC]
Alaska
  • The United States' District of Alaska was renamed the Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Aug 1912

Japan
  • Dreadnaught Settsu was reclassified as a battleship. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
31 Aug 1912

Japan
  • Masafumi Arima left the Kagoshima Prefectural Middle School in Japan without completing his degree. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | Kagoshima | CPC]
7 Sep 1912

Romania
9 Sep 1912

Japan
21 Sep 1912
  • Stanley Hollis was born in Loftus, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Stanley Hollis | CPC]
28 Sep 1912

Korea
  • General Koichiro Tachibara was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
1 Oct 1912
4 Oct 1912

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu's sixth child, Princess Tomoko, was born. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
8 Oct 1912
  • The Kingdom of Montenegro declared war on the Ottoman Empire in the 1st Balkan War. ww2dbase [AC]
18 Oct 1912
  • Hugo Sperrle was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant. ww2dbase [Hugo Sperrle | CPC]
20 Oct 1912

Netherlands
  • Queen Wilhelmina suffered a miscarriage. ww2dbase [Wilhelmina | CPC]
2 Nov 1912

United States
  • Henry Arnold successfully established radio telegraph connection from his Wright C Speed Scout S. C. No. 10 aircraft with units on the ground about 9.7 kilometers, or 6 miles, away while in flight over Fort Riley, Kansas, United States. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | Fort Riley, Kansas | CPC]
5 Nov 1912

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt was re-elected to New York State Senate in the United States. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | New York | CPC]
  • Henry Arnold suffered injuries in an air crash, and would be given a leave of absence from the Aviation Section of the US Army Signal Corps. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
9 Nov 1912

Photo(s) dated 9 Nov 1912
The American Ship Building Company launching the sidewheeled steamship Seeandbee at Wyandotte, Michigan, United States, Nov 9 1912. This ship would later be converted into the USS Wolverine.  Photo 1 of 2.The American Ship Building Company launching the sidewheeled steamship Seeandbee at Wyandotte, Michigan, United States, Nov 9 1912. This ship would later be converted into the USS Wolverine.  Photo 2 of 2.
27 Nov 1912

Japan
  • Prince Kotohito was promoted to the rank of general and was made a member of the Japanese Supreme War Council; he stepped down as the head of Imperial Guard Division. ww2dbase [Kotohito | CPC]
1 Dec 1912
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
China
  • Vice Admiral Hajime Sakamoto succeeded Vice Admiral Hikohachi Yamada as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Naval District (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. Rear Admiral Sadaichi Hiraoka was named Sakamoto's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu attended Japanese Navy War College. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
  • Captain Shibakichi Yamanaka was named the commanding officer of Settsu, and Settsu was assigned to Battleship Division 1. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold was transferred to the Aeronautical Division of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the US Army in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | Washington | CPC]
2 Dec 1912

Germany
  • German chancellor Theobold von Bethmann Hollweg announced in the Reichstag that, if Austria-Hungary was attacked by a third power while pursuing its interests, Germany would support Austria-Hungary and fight to maintain its own position in Europe. ww2dbase [Reichstag Building and Kroll Opera House | Berlin | AC]
3 Dec 1912
  • Britain, fearful that a Russo-Austria war would lead to a German attack on France, warned the Germans that if that happened Britain "would not accept a French defeat". ww2dbase [AC]
8 Dec 1912
  • The Kaiser called a meeting of his military and naval leaders, telling them that if Russia came to the aid of Serbia then Germany must be prepared to fight. He assumed that Bulgaria, Romania, Albania and Turkey would all side with the Triple Alliance leaving Austria-Hungary free to concentrate against the Russians. Tirpitz (Head of the German Naval Office) declared that the Navy was not yet ready for war. Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg, who was anxious to maintain dĂ©tente with the British, was not invited to the meeting thus leaving the political viewpoint out of the discussions. ww2dbase [AC]
13 Dec 1912

Germany
18 Dec 1912

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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