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, 407,856 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: the United States invade Canada at Windsor, Ontario.
  • 1913
    Second Balkan War: Serbian forces begin their siege of the Bulgarian city of Vidin; the siege is later called off when the war ends.
  • 1918
    The Japanese Imperial Navy battleship Kawachi blows up at Shunan, western Honshu, Japan, killing at least 621.
  • 1920
    The Soviet–Lithuanian Peace Treaty is signed. Soviet Russia recognises independent Lithuania.
  • 1932
    Hedley Verity takes a cricket world record 10 wickets for 10 runs in a county match for Yorkshire
  • 1960
    Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    The Newark riots began in Newark, New Jersey.

Who were born on July 12?

  • 1394
    Ashikaga Yoshinori, Japanese shogun (d. 1441)
  • 1908
    Milton Berle, American comedian (d. 2002)
  • 1920
    Keith Andes, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1937
    Robert McFarlane, Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, from 1983 through 1985.
  • 1947
    Loren Coleman, American cryptozoologist and author
  • 1966
    Jeff Bucknum, American auto racer
  • 1966
    Taiji Sawada, Japanese bass guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1985
    Paulo Vitor Barreto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    JP Pietersen, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1992
    Eoghan Quigg, Northern Irish singer

Who died on July 12?

  • 1804
    Alexander Hamilton, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1755)
  • 1969
    Henry George Lamond, Australian novelist (b. 1885)
  • 1971
    Yvon Robert, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1914)
  • 1975
    James Ormsbee Chapin, American painter and illustrator (b. 1887)
  • 1994
    Paisios, Greek Orthodox monk (b. 1924)
  • 1996
    Jonathan Melvoin, American keyboardist (The Smashing Pumpkins) (b. 1961)
  • 1998
    Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • 2007
    Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • 2008
    Tony Snow, American press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
  • 2010
    Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (b. 1939)

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