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

  • 1279
    Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon
  • 1654
    The Delft Explosion devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100 people.
  • 1692
    The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
  • 1823
    Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
  • 1918
    A massive forest fire kills 453 people in Minnesota.
  • 1933
    The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, is acquired by the United States Department of Justice
  • 1945
    World War II: Desmond Doss is the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.
  • 1953
    “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” opens at Plymouth Theatre, New York
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1866
    Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1937)
  • 1891
    Edith Stein, Carmelite Catholic nun (d. 1942)
  • 1920
    Christopher Soames, Baron Soames, British politician (d. 1987)
  • 1951
    Sally Little, South-African-born American golfer
  • 1954
    Linval Thompson, Jamaican musician and record producer
  • 1955
    Einar Jan Aas, Norwegian footballer
  • 1967
    Paul Laine Canadian singer/composer
  • 1981
    Sneha, Indian actress
  • 1981
    Tom Guiry, American actor
  • 1986
    Sergio Peter, German footballer

Who died on October 12?

  • 1095
    Margrave Leopold II of Austria (b. 1050)
  • 1492
    Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
  • 1875
    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (b. 1827)
  • 1948
    Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • 1956
    Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (b. 1872)
  • 1971
    Gene Vincent, American rock musician (b. 1935)
  • 1989
    Carmen Cavallaro, American pianist (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • 2006
    Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)

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