Anne Frank, Magdalen College and a meteorite: 3 things that happened On This Day 12 June

What happened on this day in history? We round up three famous events, births, battles and deaths...


12 June

1840: A 720-gram meteorite fell near Uden in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, narrowly missing a group of labourers who were digging for peat in a nearby field.


1458: William Waynflete, bishop of Winchester and chancellor of England, founded Magdalen College, Oxford. Over the centuries its students and fellows have included CS Lewis, Oscar Wilde and Edward Gibbon.

1929: Diarist Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her father moved to Amsterdam in late 1933 following the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany, and by February 1934 Anne, her sister and mother joined him.


Compiled by Julian Humphrys – You can follow Julian on Twitter @GeneralJules