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, 1,476,230,400 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 ‘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

  • 1822
    Peter I of Brazil is proclaimed the emperor of the Brazil
  • 1915
    World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
  • 1933
    The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, is acquired by the United States Department of Justice
  • 1944
    World War II: The Liberation of Athens from the German invaders.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Infamous Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages
  • 1964
    The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits
  • 1968
    Equatorial Guinea becomes independent from Spain
  • 1984
    Brighton hotel bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. Thatcher escapes but the bomb kills five people and wounds 31.
  • 1986
    Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People’s Republic of China

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1710
    Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and 16th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1785)
  • 1725
    Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (d. 1810)
  • 1874
    Jimmy Burke, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1893
    Velvalee Dickinson, American spy (d. 1980)
  • 1930
    Milica Kacin Wohinz, Slovenian historian
  • 1934
    Richard Meier, American architect
  • 1950
    Susan Anton, American actress
  • 1965
    Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Canadian hockey player
  • 1967
    Paul Laine Canadian singer/composer
  • 1986
    Tyler Blackburn, American actor and singer

Who died on October 12?

  • 1940
    Tom Mix, American actor (b. 1880)
  • 1956
    Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (b. 1872)
  • 1967
    Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian Socialist politician leader (b. 1910)
  • 1971
    Gene Vincent, American rock musician (b. 1935)
  • 1978
    Nancy Spungen, American groupie and murder victim (b. 1958)
  • 1985
    Johnny Olson, American game show announcer (b. 1910)
  • 1988
    Ruth Manning-Sanders, Welsh poet and children’s book author (b. 1886)
  • 2003
    Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Noel Coleman, British Actor (b. 1919)

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