What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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

April 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 12 is the 103rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 263 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 30, 2024 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 475,800 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 ‘hectatrigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 292 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 4,130 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 12 Historical Events

  • 1204
    The Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade breach the walls of Constantinople and enter the city, which they completely occupy the following day.
  • 1606
    The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of Great Britain.
  • 1935
    First flight of the Bristol Blenheim.
  • 1968
    Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
  • 1980
    Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'état, ending over 130 years of minority Americo-Liberian rule over the country.

Who were born on April 12?

  • 1932
    Dennis Banks, American Indian activist
  • 1948
    Sandra “Lois” Reeves, American singer
  • 1962
    Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler
  • 1983
    Jelena Dokić, Serbian/Australian tennis player
  • 1985
    Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer

Who died on April 12?

  • 45 BC
    Gnaeus Pompeius, Roman general
  • 434
    Archbishop Maximianus of Constantinople
  • 1795
    Johann Kaspar Basselet von La Rosée, Bavarian general (b. 1710)
  • 1902
    Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
  • 1999
    Marion Pruett, American spree killer (b. 1949)

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