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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 80 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 29, 2015 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 401,280 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 119 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 1,025 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 12 Historical Events

  • 1692
    The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
  • 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.
  • 1901
    President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Inejiro Asanuma, Chair of the Japanese Socialist Party, is assassinated in Japan by Otoya Yamaguchi, a 17-year-old. The cameras were rolling at the time, so the moment was caught on film.
  • 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
  • 1979
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.
  • 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.
  • 2000
    The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
  • 2005
    The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1006
    Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan (d. 1036)
  • 1490
    Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer (d. 1548)
  • 1815
    William J. Hardee, American Confederate general (d. 1873)
  • 1913
    Alice Chetwynd Ley, British romance writer (d. 2004)
  • 1929
    Robert Coles, American psychologist and author
  • 1941
    Michael Mansfield, English barrister
  • 1958
    Bryn Merrick, British musician, (The Damned)
  • 1962
    Chris Botti, American jazz musician
  • 1962
    Deborah Foreman, American actress
  • 1983
    Carlton Cole, English footballer

Who died on October 12?

  • 1924
    Anatole France, French author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1844)
  • 1946
    Joseph Stilwell, American general (b. 1883)
  • 1960
    Inejiro Asanuma, Japanese politician (b. 1898)
  • 1985
    Ricky Wilson, American musician (The B-52's) (b. 1953)
  • 1999
    Robert Marsden Hope, Australian jurist (b. 1919)
  • 2003
    Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • 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)
  • 2011
    Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (b. 1941)

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