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

  • 1216
    King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1692
    The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
  • 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
  • 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 lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
  • 1986
    Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People’s Republic of China
  • 1988
    Two officers of the Victoria Police are gunned down executional style in the Walsh Street police shootings, Australia.

Who were born on October 12?

  • 1602
    William Chillingworth, English religious leader (d. 1644)
  • 1840
    Helena Modjeska, Polish actress (d. 1909)
  • 1891
    Edith Stein, Carmelite Catholic nun (d. 1942)
  • 1930
    Denis Brodeur, French-Canadian hockey photographer
  • 1950
    Robin Askwith, English actor
  • 1959
    Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States
  • 1963
    Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime director (d. 2010)
  • 1979
    Steven Agnew, Northern Irish politician
  • 1986
    Sergio Peter, German footballer
  • 1990
    Henri Lansbury, English footballer

Who died on October 12?

  • 1600
    Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1535)
  • 1940
    Tom Mix, American actor (b. 1880)
  • 1948
    Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • 1973
    Peter Aufschnaiter, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1899)
  • 1987
    Alf Landon, American politician (b. 1887)
  • 1998
    Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • 2001
    Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician (b. 1907)
  • 2006
    Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • 2010
    Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2011
    Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (b. 1941)

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