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

October 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 12 is the 286th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 80 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

When this day started, 24,603,840 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 ‘dihectaoctacontahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 108 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 1,391 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 12 Historical Events

  • 1279
    Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon
  • 1792
    First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
  • 1793
    The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina
  • 1810
    First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Liberation of Athens from the German invaders.
  • 1945
    World War II: Desmond Doss is the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.
  • 1960
    Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippine assertion of Soviet Union colonial policy being conducted in Eastern Europe
  • 1979
    The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
  • 1999
    The former Autonomous Soviet Republic of Abkhazia declares its independence from Georgia
  • 2002
    Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1558
    Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit (d. 1651)
  • 1725
    Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (d. 1810)
  • 1815
    William J. Hardee, American Confederate general (d. 1873)
  • 1917
    Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1935
    Sam Moore, American R&B singer (Sam & Dave)
  • 1951
    Ed Royce, American politician
  • 1968
    Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer
  • 1970
    Charlie Ward, American pro basketball player
  • 1970
    Kirk Cameron, American actor
  • 1976
    Sarah Lane, American television personality

Who died on October 12?

  • 1176
    William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, English politician (b.c. 1109)
  • 1600
    Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1535)
  • 1870
    Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (b. 1807)
  • 1898
    Calvin Fairbank, American abolitionist minister (b. 1816)
  • 1971
    Gene Vincent, American rock musician (b. 1935)
  • 1987
    Alf Landon, American politician (b. 1887)
  • 1988
    Coby Whitmore, American painter and magazine illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 1993
    Tofik Bakhramov, Azerbaijani linesman (b. 1926)
  • 1997
    John Denver, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 2011
    Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)

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