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 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

  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Andrews Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase) occurred, starting from Big Shanty, Georgia (now Kennesaw).
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Mobile, Alabama, falls to the Union Army.
  • 1877
    The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
  • 1917
    World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
  • 1927
    April 12 Incident: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Communist Party of China members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.
  • 1937
    Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.
  • 1955
    The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.
  • 1992
    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.
  • 1998
    An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
  • 2007
    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?

  • 1796
    George N. Briggs, 19th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1861)
  • 1856
    William Martin Conway, English art critic and mountaineer (d. 1937)
  • 1912
    Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, Second Vice President of Indonesia (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Joe Bowman, American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, bootmaker & master showman (d. 2009)
  • 1950
    David Cassidy, American singer and actor
  • 1967
    Sarah Cracknell, English singer
  • 1973
    Claudia Jordan, American model
  • 1973
    J. Scott Campbell, American comic book artist
  • 1979
    Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast
  • 1985
    Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer

Who died on April 12?

  • 45 BC
    Gnaeus Pompeius, Roman general
  • 1125
    Vladislaus I of Bohemia (b. 1065)
  • 1814
    Charles Burney, English music historian (b. 1726)
  • 1817
    Charles Messier, French astronomer (b. 1730)
  • 1912
    Clara Barton, American nurse and Red Cross advocate (b. 1821)
  • 1953
    Lionel Logue, speech therapist who worked with King George VI of the United Kingdom (b. 1880)
  • 1980
    Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • 1987
    Mike Von Erich, American wrestler (b. 1964)
  • 2006
    William Sloane Coffin, American clergyman (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)

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