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

  • 1823
    Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese ships retreat after their defeat in the Battle of Cape Esperance with the Japanese commander, Aritomo Gotō dying from wounds suffered in the battle and two Japanese destroyers sunk by Allied air attack.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    Vietnam War: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the U.S. Congress for peace initiatives are futile because of North Vietnam’s opposition
  • 1968
    Equatorial Guinea becomes independent from Spain
  • 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).
  • 2002
    Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1866
    Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1937)
  • 1925
    Denis Lazure, Quebec politician (d. 2008)
  • 1930
    Denis Brodeur, French-Canadian hockey photographer
  • 1947
    Chris Wallace, American journalist
  • 1947
    George Lam, Hong Kong singer
  • 1949
    Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Venezuelan international terrorist
  • 1955
    Brigitte Lahaie, French talk show host and actress
  • 1958
    Bryn Merrick, British musician, (The Damned)
  • 1967
    Paul Laine Canadian singer/composer
  • 1986
    Ioannis Maniatis, Greek footballer

Who died on October 12?

  • 632
    Edwin of Northumbria (b.c. 586)
  • 1956
    Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (b. 1872)
  • 1985
    Johnny Olson, American game show announcer (b. 1910)
  • 1985
    Ricky Wilson, American musician (The B-52's) (b. 1953)
  • 1987
    Alf Landon, American politician (b. 1887)
  • 1991
    Sheila Florance, Australian film and television actress (b. 1916)
  • 1993
    Tofik Bakhramov, Azerbaijani linesman (b. 1926)
  • 2009
    Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • 2009
    Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian cyclist (b. 1974)
  • 2010
    Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)

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