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
  • 1823
    Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    World War I: The First Battle of Passchendaele takes place resulting in the largest single day loss of life in New Zealand history.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    The former Autonomous Soviet Republic of Abkhazia declares its independence from Georgia

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1840
    Helena Modjeska, Polish actress (d. 1909)
  • 1896
    Eugenio Montale, Italian poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1925
    Denis Lazure, Quebec politician (d. 2008)
  • 1958
    Bryn Merrick, British musician, (The Damned)
  • 1960
    Carlo Perrone, Italian football manager and player
  • 1963
    Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime director (d. 2010)
  • 1965
    Scott O'Grady, American military officer
  • 1968
    Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer
  • 1975
    Marion Jones, American track and field athlete
  • 1979
    Steven Agnew, Northern Irish politician

Who died on October 12?

  • 1095
    Margrave Leopold II of Austria (b. 1050)
  • 1678
    Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  • 1845
    Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer and philanthropist (b. 1780)
  • 1933
    John Lister, English politician (b. 1847)
  • 1956
    Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (b. 1872)
  • 1987
    Alf Landon, American politician (b. 1887)
  • 1998
    Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2002
    Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2008
    Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • 2011
    Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)

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