What happened this day in history February 12

What are the important events that happened on February 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 12 is the 43rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 30, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,357,760 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 ‘tetracontatrigon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 366 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 2,609 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 12 Historical Events

  • 1541
    Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
  • 1554
    A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason.
  • 1832
    Ecuador annexes the Galápagos Islands.
  • 1855
    Michigan State University is established.
  • 1909
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.
  • 1956
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese astrology.
  • 1961
    U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
  • 2001
    NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
  • 2004
    The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • 2009
    Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes into a house in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, killing all on board and one on the ground.

Who were born on February 12?

  • 1885
    Julius Streicher, Nazi German publisher (d. 1946)
  • 1898
    Wallace Ford, English-born actor (d. 1966)
  • 1938
    Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician
  • 1940
    Ralph Bates, English actor (d. 1991)
  • 1953
    Joanna Kerns, American actress
  • 1953
    Robin Thomas, American actor
  • 1955
    Chet Lemon, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress
  • 1967
    Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
  • 1979
    Matt Mauck, American football player

Who died on February 12?

  • 1554
    Lady Jane Grey, claimant to the English throne (b. 1537)
  • 1554
    Lord Guilford Dudley, consort of Lady Jane Grey (b. 1536)
  • 1630
    Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  • 1920
    Aurore Gagnon, Victim of child abuse (b. 1909)
  • 1929
    Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
  • 1954
    Dziga Vertov, Russian filmmaker (b. 1896)
  • 1970
    Ishman Bracey, American blues musician (b. 1901)
  • 2000
    Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • 2008
    Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)

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