What are the important events that happened on December 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
December 12: Facts & Myths About This Day
December 12 is the 347th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 19 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 29, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,607,731,200 seconds 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 ‘trihectatetracontaheptagon’ day.
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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 62 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 2,913 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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December 12 Historical Events
USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine.
Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first one being Hiram Revels.
Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland.
Xi'an Incident: The Generalissimo of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek, is kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang.
Winter War: Battle of Tolvajärvi – Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.
Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.
Guinea joins the United Nations.
Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya.
Coup d'état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
Who were born on December 12?
Henry Wells, American banking executive (d. 1878)
Bob Barker, American television game show host
Bob Dorough, American jazz pianist/vocalist
Silvio Santos, Brazilian TV show host
Grover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (d. 1999)
Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
Hank Williams III, American musician
Nicolae Dorin Goian, Romanian footballer
Ai Kato, Japanese actress
Daniel Agger, Danish footballer
Who died on December 12?
Carloman, King of the West Franks
John Pell, English mathematician (b. 1610)
John Ponsonby, Irish politician (b. 1713)
Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (b. 1879)
Albert Walsh, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1900)
Yechezkel Kutscher, Israeli philologist and Hebrew linguist (b. 1909)
Amza Pellea, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
Ian Stewart, Scottish musician (b. 1938)
József Antall, Hungarian politician (b. 1932)
Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
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