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
Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
The formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition begins.
Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.
American Civil War: The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
American Civil War: The Andrews Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase) occurred, starting from Big Shanty, Georgia (now Kennesaw).
World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; vice-president Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.
The Soviet nuclear powered submarine K-33 collides with the Finnish merchant vessel M/S Finnclipper in the Danish straits.
Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
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?
Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer (d. 1796)
Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese naval commander (d. 1918)
Russell Garcia, American composer for screen, stage and broadcast (d. 2011)
Robert Cliche, Quebec politician and magistrate (d. 1978)
Mukhran Machavariani, Georgian poet (d. 2010)
Dan Lauria, American actor
Art Alexakis, American musician
Cristian Ranalli, Italian footballer
Grant Holt, English footballer
Jeísa Chiminazzo, Brazilian model
Who died on April 12?
Nicolò Amati, Italian luthier and member of the Amati family (b. 1596)
Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist (b. 1698)
Charles Messier, French astronomer (b. 1730)
Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
Lionel Logue, speech therapist who worked with King George VI of the United Kingdom (b. 1880)
Marion Pruett, American spree killer (b. 1949)
Rajkumar, Indian film actor/singer (b. 1929)
Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
Patrick Hillery, Irish politician (b. 1923)
Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
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