What happened this day in history January 12

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

January 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 12 is the 12th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 354 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 30, 2019 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 438,552 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 ‘dodecagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 13 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 2,578 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 12 Historical Events

  • 475
    Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.
  • 1539
    Treaty of Toledo signed by King Francis I of France and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
  • 1872
    Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
  • 1926
    Original Sam ‘n’Henry aired on Chicago radio later renamed Amos ‘n’Andy in 1928.
  • 1964
    Rebels in Zanzibar begin a revolt known as the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaim a republic.
  • 1967
    Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
  • 1976
    The UN Security Council votes 11-1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).
  • 1998
    Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • 2001
    Downtown Disney opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
  • 2010
    The 2010 Haiti earthquake occurs killing an estimated 316,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Who were born on January 12?

  • 1856
    John Singer Sargent, American artist (d. 1925)
  • 1899
    Pierre Bernac, French baritone (d. 1979)
  • 1903
    Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist (d. 1960)
  • 1944
    Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor
  • 1944
    Hans Henning Atrott, Prussian euthanasia advocate
  • 1964
    Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur
  • 1971
    Scott Burrell, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Chris Ray, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
  • 1988
    Chris Casement, Irish footballer

Who died on January 12?

  • 1167
    Ailred of Rievaulx, saint (b. 1110)
  • 1321
    Maria of Brabant, wife of Philip III of France (b. 1256)
  • 1856
    Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, author of Slovak language, (b. 1815)
  • 1861
    Václav Hanka, Czech philologist, (b. 1791)
  • 1938
    Gösta Ekman, Swedish actor (b. 1890)
  • 1976
    Agatha Christie, English writer (b. 1890)
  • 2002
    Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Alessia di Matteo, first survivor of eight transplants in one operation (b. 2003)
  • 2007
    Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)

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