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 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 30, 2024 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 474,360 hours 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.

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 352 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 4,070 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 12 Historical Events

  • 1541
    Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
  • 1689
    The Convention Parliament declares that the flight to France in 1688 by James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch, constitutes an abdication.
  • 1909
    New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster of the 20th century happens when the SS Penguin, an inter-island ferry, sinks and explodes at the entrance to Wellington Harbour.
  • 1914
    In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.
  • 1934
    In Spain the national council of Juntas de Ofensiva Nacional-Sindicalista decides to merge the movement with the Falange Española.
  • 1934
    The Austrian Civil War begins.
  • 1968
    Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre.
  • 2002
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 2002
    The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He dies four years later before its conclusion.
  • 2004
    The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Who were born on February 12?

  • 1567
    Thomas Campion, English composer and poet (d. 1620)
  • 1728
    Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (d. 1799)
  • 1752
    Dorothea Ackermann, German actress (d. 1821)
  • 1777
    Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German poet (d. 1843)
  • 1791
    Peter Cooper, American Industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (d. 1883)
  • 1953
    Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • 1968
    Grégory Charles, Canadian singer, dancer, pianist, radio and television host
  • 1982
    Jonas Hiller, Swiss ice hockey goaltender
  • 1982
    Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
  • 1984
    Peter Vanderkaay, American swimmer

Who died on February 12?

  • 1624
    George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (b. 1563)
  • 1724
    Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  • 1762
    Laurent Belissen, French composer (b. 1693)
  • 1804
    Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (b. 1724)
  • 1894
    Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1929
    Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
  • 1935
    Georges Auguste Escoffier, French chef (b. 1846)
  • 1945
    Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1985
    Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2000
    Tom Landry, American football coach (b. 1924)

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