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, 28,461,600 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.

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

  • 1429
    English forces under Sir John Fastolf defend a supply convoy carrying rations to the army besieging Orleans from attack by the Comte de Clermont and Sir John Stewart of Darnley in the Battle of Rouvray (also known as the Battle of the Herrings).
  • 1502
    Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.
  • 1554
    A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason.
  • 1593
    Japanese invasion of Korea: Approximately 3,000 Joseon defenders led by general Kwon Yul successfully repel more than 30,000 Japanese forces in the Siege of Haengju.
  • 1733
    Englishman James Oglethorpe founds Georgia, the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, and its first city at Savannah (known as Georgia Day).
  • 1935
    USS Macon, one of the two largest helium-filled airships ever created, crashes into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California and sinks.
  • 1946
    World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
  • 1968
    Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre.
  • 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.
  • 2040
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 12?

  • 1704
    Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (d. 1772)
  • 1791
    Peter Cooper, American Industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (d. 1883)
  • 1884
    Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (d. 1957)
  • 1914
    Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a “Father of the Law of the Sea Conference” (d. 1999)
  • 1923
    Chaskel Besser, Orthodox rabbi (d. 2010)
  • 1938
    Judy Blume, American author
  • 1967
    Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
  • 1969
    Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer
  • 1982
    Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
  • 1984
    Alexandra Dahlström, Swedish actress

Who died on February 12?

  • 1728
    Agostino Steffani, Italian diplomat and composer (b. 1653)
  • 1945
    Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1960
    Jean-Michel Atlan, French painter (b. 1913)
  • 1984
    Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
  • 1989
    Thomas Bernhard, Austrian playwright and novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2000
    Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • 2000
    Charles M. Schulz, American comics author (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    John Eriksen, Danish footballer (b. 1957)
  • 2005
    Dorothy Stang, Brazilian nun (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)

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