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 285th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 80 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 29, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,507,766,400 seconds 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 ‘dihectaoctacontapentagon’ 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 130 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 1,756 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 12 Historical Events

  • 539 BC
    The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon.
  • 1692
    The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
  • 1773
    America‘s first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’in Virginia
  • 1933
    The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, is acquired by the United States Department of Justice
  • 1959
    At the national congress of APRA in Peru a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party. They will later form APRA Rebelde.
  • 1979
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.
  • 1983
    Japan’s former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei is found guilty of taking a million bribe from Lockheed and is sentenced to 4 years in jail.
  • 1994
    NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus (the spacecraft presumably burned up in the atmosphere).
  • 1999
    Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.
  • 2002
    Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1874
    Jimmy Burke, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1894
    Elisabeth of Romania (d. 1956)
  • 1904
    Ding Ling, Chinese writer (d. 1986)
  • 1916
    Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994)
  • 1932
    Ned Jarrett, American race car driver
  • 1942
    Melvin Franklin, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1995)
  • 1966
    Wim Jonk, Dutch football player
  • 1968
    Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer
  • 1977
    Javier Toyo, Venezuelan footballer
  • 1981
    Brian J. Smith, American actor

Who died on October 12?

  • 1565
    Jean Ribault, French explorer and colonizer (b. 1520)
  • 1600
    Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1535)
  • 1678
    Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  • 1896
    Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (b. 1817)
  • 1915
    Edith Cavell, English nurse (b. 1865)
  • 1940
    Tom Mix, American actor (b. 1880)
  • 1958
    Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  • 1983
    Ernie Roth, American pro wrestling manager (b. 1929)
  • 1993
    Tofik Bakhramov, Azerbaijani linesman (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)

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