March 12th in History1917: Izvestia, the official Soviet newspaper, founded
1968: Mauritius, in the Indian ocean island, granted independence after 158 years of British rule
March 12th birthdays1710: Thomas Arne, Composer of operas and 'Rule Brittania'
1922: Jack Kerouac, American writer
1925: Gordon McRae, American actor
1942: Brian O'Hara, Lead singer with the 'Fourmost' group
1946: Liza Minnelli, American actress