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

July 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 12 is the 194th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 172 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 29, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,471,360 minutes 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 ‘hectaenneacontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 200 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 1,299 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 12 Historical Events

  • 1191
    Third Crusade: Saladin’s garrison surrenders to Conrad of Montferrat, ending the two-year siege of Acre.
  • 1493
    Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the best-documented early printed books, is published.
  • 1562
    Fray Diego de Landa, acting Bishop of Yucatan, burns the sacred books of the Maya.
  • 1690
    Battle of the Boyne (Julian calendar) – The armies of William III defeat those of the former James II.
  • 1789
    French revolutionary and radical journalist Camille Desmoulins gave a speech, following hearing the news that France’s financial minister Jacques Necker has been dismissed. The speech called the citizens to arms, which lead to the falling of the Bastille two days later.
  • 1879
    The National Guards Unit of Bulgaria is founded.
  • 1917
    The Bisbee Deportation occurs as vigilantes kidnap and deport nearly 1,300 striking miners and others from Bisbee, Arizona.
  • 1961
    Pune floods due to failure of the Khadakwasla and Panshet dams. Half of Pune is submerged, more than 100,000 families need to be relocated and the death tally exceeds 2,000.
  • 1970
    A fire consumes the wooden home of Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt and irretrievably destroys about 90 percent of his output.
  • 1979
    The island nation of Kiribati becomes independent from Great Britain.

Who were born on July 12?

  • 1849
    Sir William Osler, Canadian physician and author (d. 1919)
  • 1880
    Tod Browning, American film director (d. 1962)
  • 1930
    Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, director and writer
  • 1942
    Tam White, Scottish blues singer and actor (d. 2010)
  • 1951
    Piotr Pustelnik, Polish mountaineer
  • 1952
    Voja Antonić, Serbian inventor and writer
  • 1955
    Bambi Woods, American porn actress
  • 1970
    Lee Byung-hun, South Korean actor
  • 1976
    Dan Boyle, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Katherine Legge, English racing driver

Who died on July 12?

  • 783
    Bertrada of Laon, Frankish wife of Pepin the Short (b. 720)
  • 1712
    Richard Cromwell, son of Oliver Cromwell (b. 1626)
  • 1749
    Charles de la Boische, Marquis de Beauharnois, Governor of New France (b. c. 1671)
  • 1961
    Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • 1966
    Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Japanese author and lecturer (b. 1870)
  • 1969
    Henry George Lamond, Australian novelist (b. 1885)
  • 1983
    Chris Wood, British saxophonist (Traffic) (b. 1944)
  • 1996
    Jonathan Melvoin, American keyboardist (The Smashing Pumpkins) (b. 1961)
  • 2003
    Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • 2007
    Mr. Butch, American homeless person (b. 1951)

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