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

  • 1561
    Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is consecrated.
  • 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.
  • 1806
    Sixteen German imperial states leave the Holy Roman Empire and form the Confederation of the Rhine.
  • 1843
    1843 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, proclaimed a revelation recommending polygamy.
  • 1862
    The Medal of Honor is authorized by the United States Congress.
  • 1932
    Hedley Verity takes a cricket world record 10 wickets for 10 runs in a county match for Yorkshire
  • 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.
  • 1971
    The Australian Aboriginal flag is flown for the first time.
  • 1973
    A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.
  • 1975
    São Tomé and Príncipe declare independence from Portugal.

Who were born on July 12?

  • 1849
    Sir William Osler, Canadian physician and author (d. 1919)
  • 1892
    Bruno Schulz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1942)
  • 1902
    Günther Anders, German philosopher (d. 1992)
  • 1904
    Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1906
    Pietro Tordi, Italian actor (d. 1990)
  • 1920
    Pierre Berton, Canadian journalist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1948
    Walter Egan, American singer
  • 1978
    Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress
  • 1978
    Topher Grace, American actor
  • 1990
    Bébé, Portuguese footballer

Who died on July 12?

  • 1845
    Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (b. 1808)
  • 1870
    John A. Dahlgren, American Navy admiral (b. 1809)
  • 1945
    Boris Galerkin, Russian mathematician (b. 1871)
  • 1945
    Wolfram von Richthofen, German field marshal (b. 1895)
  • 1975
    James Ormsbee Chapin, American painter and illustrator (b. 1887)
  • 1982
    Kenneth More, English actor (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Jonathan Melvoin, American keyboardist (The Smashing Pumpkins) (b. 1961)
  • 1998
    Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • 2005
    John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British noble and aviation executive (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)

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