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
Pope John VIII crowns Charles the Fat, the King of Italy: Emperor
Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.
Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
The Xuantong Emperor, the last Emperor of China, abdicates.
The Austrian Civil War begins.
World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese astrology.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union.
The current Constitution of Mongolia comes into effect.
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?
Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, German botanist and physician (d. 1721)
Roger J. Traynor, American judge (d. 1983)
August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
Jean Eyeghe Ndong, Prime Minister of Gabon
Jim Durham, American sportscaster
Mike Robitaille, Canadian ice hockey player
Michael Ironside, Canadian actor
Dan Puric, Romanian actor, director and writer
Antonio Chatman, American football player
Diego Ângelo, Brazilian footballer
Who died on February 12?
François Hotman, French lawyer and writer (b. 1524)
Friedrich Schleiermacher, German philosopher (b. 1768)
Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
Émile Waldteufel, French composer (b. 1837)
Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939)
Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
Vali Myers, Australian painter (b. 1930)
Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
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