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 102nd day of the year 2019 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, 2019 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 25,917,120 minutes 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 ‘hectadigon’ day.
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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 288 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 2,303 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 12 Historical Events
American Civil War: The Andrews Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase) occurred, starting from Big Shanty, Georgia (now Kennesaw).
American Civil War: Mobile, Alabama, falls to the Union Army.
The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
April 12 Incident: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Communist Party of China members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.
Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.
The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.
The Euro Disney Resort officially opens with its theme park Euro Disneyland. The resort and its park’s name are subsequently changed to Disneyland Paris.
An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
A suicide bomber penetrated the Green Zone and detonated in a cafeteria within a parliament building, killing Iraqi MP Mohammed Awad and wounding more than twenty other people.
Who were born on April 12?
George N. Briggs, 19th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1861)
William Martin Conway, English art critic and mountaineer (d. 1937)
Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, Second Vice President of Indonesia (d. 1988)
Joe Bowman, American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, bootmaker & master showman (d. 2009)
David Cassidy, American singer and actor
Sarah Cracknell, English singer
Claudia Jordan, American model
J. Scott Campbell, American comic book artist
Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast
Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer
Who died on April 12?
45 BC –
Gnaeus Pompeius, Roman general
Vladislaus I of Bohemia (b. 1065)
Charles Burney, English music historian (b. 1726)
Charles Messier, French astronomer (b. 1730)
Clara Barton, American nurse and Red Cross advocate (b. 1821)
Lionel Logue, speech therapist who worked with King George VI of the United Kingdom (b. 1880)
Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
Mike Von Erich, American wrestler (b. 1964)
William Sloane Coffin, American clergyman (b. 1924)
Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
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