What happened this day in history

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What are the important events that happened on November 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

November 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

November 12 is the 316th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 49 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 30, 2019 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,573,516,800 seconds 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 ‘trihectadecahexagon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 74 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 2,517 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 12 Historical Events

  • 1920
    Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes sign the Treaty of Rapallo.
  • 1936
    In California, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Battle of Gabon ends as Free French Forces take Libreville, Gabon, and all of French Equatorial Africa from Vichy France forces.
  • 1982
    In the Soviet Union, Yuri Andropov becomes the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee, succeeding Leonid I. Brezhnev.
  • 1997
    Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Who were born on November 12?

  • 1896
    Salim Ali, Indian ornithologist (d. 1987)
  • 1941
    Carol Gluck, American academic and Japanologist
  • 1962
    Mark Hunter, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Kathleen Hanna, American singer and songwriter
  • 1979
    Lucas Glover, American professional golfer

Who died on November 12?

  • 1671
    Thomas Fairfax, English Civil War general (b. 1612)
  • 1939
    Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor and humanitarian (b. 1890)
  • 1969
    Liu Shaoqi, Chinese revolutionary, and statesman (b. 1898)
  • 2001
    Albert Hague, German-born American actor and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2010
    Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian (b. 1904)

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