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, 418,824 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 ‘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.
  • 1279
    Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1773
    America‘s first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’in Virginia
  • 1792
    First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
  • 1892
    The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.
  • 1917
    World War I: The First Battle of Passchendaele takes place resulting in the largest single day loss of life in New Zealand history.
  • 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
  • 1999
    Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1537
    King Edward VI of England (d. 1553)
  • 1860
    Elmer Sperry, American inventor (d. 1930)
  • 1872
    Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (d. 1958)
  • 1924
    Doris Grau, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1924
    Leonidas Kyrkos, Greek politician (d. 2011)
  • 1935
    Don Howe, English football player and manager
  • 1955
    Brigitte Lahaie, French talk show host and actress
  • 1975
    Marion Jones, American track and field athlete
  • 1980
    Ledley King, English footballer
  • 1992
    Taylor Horn, American singer

Who died on October 12?

  • 632
    Edwin of Northumbria (b.c. 586)
  • 1920
    Yu Gwan-sun, Korean independence leader (b. 1904)
  • 1958
    Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  • 1985
    Ricky Wilson, American musician (The B-52's) (b. 1953)
  • 1989
    Carmen Cavallaro, American pianist (b. 1913)
  • 1993
    Tofik Bakhramov, Azerbaijani linesman (b. 1926)
  • 1998
    Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • 2002
    Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (b. 1916)
  • 2005
    C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)
  • 2011
    Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (b. 1941)

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