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, 24,603,840 minutes 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
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India
  • 1822
    Peter I of Brazil is proclaimed the emperor of the Brazil
  • 1901
    President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: US President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 40,000 more troops before Christmas
  • 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?

  • 1860
    Elmer Sperry, American inventor (d. 1930)
  • 1921
    Jaroslav Drobný, Czech-Egyptian-British tennis player (d. 2001)
  • 1930
    Milica Kacin Wohinz, Slovenian historian
  • 1935
    Don Howe, English football player and manager
  • 1948
    Rick Parfitt, British musician (Status Quo)
  • 1955
    Einar Jan Aas, Norwegian footballer
  • 1965
    Scott O'Grady, American military officer
  • 1968
    Adam Rich, American actor
  • 1974
    Marie Wilson, Canadian actress
  • 1985
    Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on October 12?

  • 1320
    Michael IX Palaeologus (b. 1277)
  • 1646
    François de Bassompierre, Marshal of France (b. 1579)
  • 1920
    Yu Gwan-sun, Korean independence leader (b. 1904)
  • 1960
    Inejiro Asanuma, Japanese politician (b. 1898)
  • 1970
    Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (b. 1930)
  • 1971
    Dean Acheson, American statesman (b. 1893)
  • 1993
    Tofik Bakhramov, Azerbaijani linesman (b. 1926)
  • 2001
    Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician (b. 1907)
  • 2002
    Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (b. 1916)
  • 2003
    Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)

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