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

  • 1773
    America‘s first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’in Virginia
  • 1822
    Peter I of Brazil is proclaimed the emperor of the Brazil
  • 1928
    An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • 1953
    “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” opens at Plymouth Theatre, New York
  • 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
  • 1986
    Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People’s Republic of China
  • 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 Day of Six Billion: The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born.
  • 2000
    The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1913
    Alice Chetwynd Ley, British romance writer (d. 2004)
  • 1924
    Leonidas Kyrkos, Greek politician (d. 2011)
  • 1929
    Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Ned Jarrett, American race car driver
  • 1941
    Michael Mansfield, English barrister
  • 1948
    Hans Sprenger, German footballer
  • 1960
    Carlo Perrone, Italian football manager and player
  • 1969
    Željko Milinovič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1969
    Judit Mascó, Spanish model
  • 1974
    Stephen Lee, English snooker player

Who died on October 12?

  • 1095
    Margrave Leopold II of Austria (b. 1050)
  • 1576
    Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1527)
  • 1632
    Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  • 1896
    Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (b. 1817)
  • 1965
    Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
  • 1971
    Dean Acheson, American statesman (b. 1893)
  • 1988
    Ruth Manning-Sanders, Welsh poet and children’s book author (b. 1886)
  • 2003
    Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (b. 1934)
  • 2011
    Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (b. 1941)

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