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What are the important events that happened on February 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 12 is the 43rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 30, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 404,232 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘tetracontatrigon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 351 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,148 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 12 Historical Events

  • 1593
    Japanese invasion of Korea: Approximately 3,000 Joseon defenders led by general Kwon Yul successfully repel more than 30,000 Japanese forces in the Siege of Haengju.
  • 1946
    World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
  • 1974
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union.
  • 2009
    Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes into a house in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, killing all on board and one on the ground.
  • 2040
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 12?

  • 1637
    Jan Swammerdam, Dutch biologist (d. 1680)
  • 1904
    Ted Mack, American television host (d. 1976)
  • 1969
    Meja, Swedish singer
  • 1972
    Sophie Zelmani, Swedish singer/songwriter
  • 1982
    Anthony Tuitavake, New Zealand All Black rugby player

Who died on February 12?

  • 1554
    Lady Jane Grey, claimant to the English throne (b. 1537)
  • 1724
    Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  • 1799
    Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist (b. 1729)
  • 1935
    Georges Auguste Escoffier, French chef (b. 1846)
  • 2002
    John Eriksen, Danish footballer (b. 1957)

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