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’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

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 July 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 12 is the 194th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 172 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 29, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 442,920 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 ‘hectaenneacontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 215 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 2,760 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 12 Historical Events

  • 1543
    King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace.
  • 1843
    1843 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, proclaimed a revelation recommending polygamy.
  • 1918
    The Japanese Imperial Navy battleship Kawachi blows up at Shunan, western Honshu, Japan, killing at least 621.
  • 1973
    A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.
  • 2006
    The Hezbollah initiate Operation True Promise.

Who were born on July 12?

  • 1876
    Max Jacob, French poet (d. 1944)
  • 1966
    Jeff Bucknum, American auto racer
  • 1966
    Taiji Sawada, Japanese bass guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1976
    Anna Friel, British actress
  • 1988
    Inbee Park, South Korean golfer

Who died on July 12?

  • 1536
    Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Dutch writer and philosopher (b. 1466)
  • 1949
    Douglas Hyde, Irish politician (b. 1860)
  • 1971
    Yvon Robert, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1914)
  • 1973
    Lon Chaney, Jr., American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1999
    Bill Owen, British actor (b. 1914)

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