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, 410,064 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 ‘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

  • 1216
    King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge
  • 1398
    The Treaty of Salynas is signed between Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great and the Teutonic Knights, who received Samogitia.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India
  • 1692
    The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
  • 1871
    Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) enacted by British rule in India, which named over 160 local communities 'Criminal Tribes', i.e. hereditary criminals. Repealed in 1949, after Independence of India.
  • 1918
    A massive forest fire kills 453 people in Minnesota.
  • 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
  • 1988
    Jaffna University Helidrop: Commandos of Indian Peace Keeping Force raided the Jaffna University campus to capture the LTTE chief and walked into a trap.
  • 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
    The former Autonomous Soviet Republic of Abkhazia declares its independence from Georgia

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1725
    Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (d. 1810)
  • 1866
    Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1937)
  • 1904
    Ding Ling, Chinese writer (d. 1986)
  • 1916
    Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994)
  • 1924
    Leonidas Kyrkos, Greek politician (d. 2011)
  • 1930
    Denis Brodeur, French-Canadian hockey photographer
  • 1965
    Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Canadian hockey player
  • 1969
    Judit Mascó, Spanish model
  • 1980
    Ledley King, English footballer
  • 1992
    Josh Hutcherson, American actor

Who died on October 12?

  • 1491
    Fritz Herlen, German artist (b.c. 1449)
  • 1576
    Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1527)
  • 1632
    Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  • 1685
    Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian jurist (b. 1628)
  • 1875
    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (b. 1827)
  • 1960
    Inejiro Asanuma, Japanese politician (b. 1898)
  • 1971
    Dean Acheson, American statesman (b. 1893)
  • 1990
    Peter Wessel Zapffe, Norwegian author and mountaineer (b. 1899)
  • 1991
    Sheila Florance, Australian film and television actress (b. 1916)
  • 2009
    Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)

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