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

  • 881
    Pope John VIII crowns Charles the Fat, the King of Italy: Emperor
  • 1502
    Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.
  • 1541
    Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
  • 1912
    The Xuantong Emperor, the last Emperor of China, abdicates.
  • 1934
    The Austrian Civil War begins.
  • 1946
    World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
  • 1956
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese astrology.
  • 1974
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union.
  • 1992
    The current Constitution of Mongolia comes into effect.
  • 2002
    An Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154 crashes in the mountains outside Khorramabad, Iran while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport, killing 119.

Who were born on February 12?

  • 1665
    Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, German botanist and physician (d. 1721)
  • 1900
    Roger J. Traynor, American judge (d. 1983)
  • 1908
    August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1946
    Jean Eyeghe Ndong, Prime Minister of Gabon
  • 1947
    Jim Durham, American sportscaster
  • 1948
    Mike Robitaille, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1950
    Michael Ironside, Canadian actor
  • 1959
    Dan Puric, Romanian actor, director and writer
  • 1979
    Antonio Chatman, American football player
  • 1986
    Diego Ângelo, Brazilian footballer

Who died on February 12?

  • 1590
    François Hotman, French lawyer and writer (b. 1524)
  • 1834
    Friedrich Schleiermacher, German philosopher (b. 1768)
  • 1894
    Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1915
    Émile Waldteufel, French composer (b. 1837)
  • 1976
    Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 1980
    Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • 1984
    Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Vali Myers, Australian painter (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2008
    Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)

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