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1 Jan 1912
7 Jan 1912

Germany
  • Robert Greim was promoted to the rank of Fähnrich. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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]
25 Jan 1912

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

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

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

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

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was made the commanding officer of cruiser Ibuki. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Mar 1912 Austria
  • Marina Stirbey was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Mar 1912
  • Yoshijiro Umezu was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Mar 1912
  • Hanna Reitsch was born in Hirschberg, Silesia, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [AC]
1 Jun 1912

United States
  • Henry Arnold set an altitude record of 1,990 meters, or 6,540 feet. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | AC]
23 Jun 1912

United Kingdom
  • Alan Turing was born in Maida Vale, London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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 [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jul 1912

Japan
  • Settsu was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Jul 1912
  • Friedrich Paulus married Elena Rosetti-Solescu. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
17 Jul 1912
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of midshipman. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Aug 1912

France
  • The keel of Lorraine was laid down by Chantiers de Penhoët at Saint-Nazaire, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Aug 1912
  • Raoul Wallenberg was born in Kappsta, Lidingö, Sweden. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Aug 1912

Japan
  • Kenkichi Ueda was made the chief of staff to the 16th Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Aug 1912
  • Hazel Lee was born in Portland, Oregon, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
31 Aug 1912

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

Romania
  • Mariana Dragescu was born in Craiova, Romania. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Sep 1912

Japan
  • Masafumi Arima rolled in the Japanese Naval Academy in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Sep 1912
  • Stanley Hollis was born in Loftus, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
5 Nov 1912

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt was re-elected to New York State Senate in the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
1 Dec 1912
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Morihide Tanaka was officially named the commanding officer of Settsu; he had been the ship's Chief Equipping Officer since Dec 1911. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Shibakichi Yamanaka was named the commanding officer of Settsu, and Settsu was assigned to Battleship Division 1. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Prince Hiroyasu attended Japanese Navy War College. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 détente with the British, was not invited to the meeting thus leaving the political viewpoint out of the discussions. ww2dbase [AC]
18 Dec 1912
  • Benjamin (Jr.) Davis was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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




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