80 Years Ago—January 12, 1940: US Interior Department motorship North Star reaches Bay of Whales, Antarctica to establish West Base for expedition under Adm. Richard Byrd.
Movie premiere of The Shop Around the Corner, starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.
75 Years Ago—Jan. 12, 1945: Soviets launch offensive across Vistula River in Poland.
US Task Force 38 aircraft attack Japanese shipping off Indochina, sinking 44 ships and destroying 99 planes.
British Royal Marine Commandos land on the Arakan Peninsula in Burma at Myebon.