What happened this day in history April 12

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 263 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 30, 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, 440,736 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.

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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 306 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 2,669 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 12 Historical Events

  • 467
    Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 1633
    The formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition begins.
  • 1820
    Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Andrews Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase) occurred, starting from Big Shanty, Georgia (now Kennesaw).
  • 1917
    World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
  • 1945
    U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; vice-president Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.
  • 1963
    The Soviet nuclear powered submarine K-33 collides with the Finnish merchant vessel M/S Finnclipper in the Danish straits.
  • 1994
    Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
  • 2002
    A female suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market, killing 7 and wounding 104.

Who were born on April 12?

  • 1713
    Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer (d. 1796)
  • 1868
    Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese naval commander (d. 1918)
  • 1916
    Russell Garcia, American composer for screen, stage and broadcast (d. 2011)
  • 1921
    Robert Cliche, Quebec politician and magistrate (d. 1978)
  • 1929
    Mukhran Machavariani, Georgian poet (d. 2010)
  • 1947
    Dan Lauria, American actor
  • 1962
    Art Alexakis, American musician
  • 1979
    Cristian Ranalli, Italian footballer
  • 1981
    Grant Holt, English footballer
  • 1985
    Jeísa Chiminazzo, Brazilian model

Who died on April 12?

  • 1684
    Nicolò Amati, Italian luthier and member of the Amati family (b. 1596)
  • 1782
    Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist (b. 1698)
  • 1817
    Charles Messier, French astronomer (b. 1730)
  • 1902
    Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
  • 1953
    Lionel Logue, speech therapist who worked with King George VI of the United Kingdom (b. 1880)
  • 1999
    Marion Pruett, American spree killer (b. 1949)
  • 2006
    Rajkumar, Indian film actor/singer (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
  • 2008
    Patrick Hillery, Irish politician (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)

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