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, 410,064 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 ‘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
  • 1793
    The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina
  • 1915
    World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
  • 1918
    A massive forest fire kills 453 people in Minnesota.
  • 1928
    An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • 1933
    The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, is acquired by the United States Department of Justice
  • 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.
  • 1988
    Two officers of the Victoria Police are gunned down executional style in the Walsh Street police shootings, Australia.
  • 1997
    Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock.

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1891
    Edith Stein, Carmelite Catholic nun (d. 1942)
  • 1917
    Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Daliah Lavi, Israeli actress and singer
  • 1962
    John Coleman, English football manager and player
  • 1966
    Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author
  • 1969
    José Valentín, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Julian, American pornographic actor
  • 1980
    Ledley King, English footballer
  • 1981
    Brian Kerr, Scottish footballer
  • 1986
    Sergio Peter, German footballer

Who died on October 12?

  • 1491
    Fritz Herlen, German artist (b.c. 1449)
  • 1565
    Jean Ribault, French explorer and colonizer (b. 1520)
  • 1632
    Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  • 1678
    Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  • 1915
    Edith Cavell, English nurse (b. 1865)
  • 1954
    George Welch, American pilot (b. 1918)
  • 1969
    Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    Jay Ward, American animator (Rocky and Bullwinkle) (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    René Lacoste, French tennis player (b. 1904)
  • 2002
    Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)

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