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, 26,313,120 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 ‘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

  • 1773
    The first public Colonial American museum opens in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1808
    The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
  • 1921
    Acting to restore confidence in baseball after the Black Sox Scandal, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is elected as Major League Baseball’s first commissioner.
  • 1926
    Original Sam ‘n’Henry aired on Chicago radio later renamed Amos ‘n’Andy in 1928.
  • 1966
    Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.
  • 1970
    Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian civil war.
  • 1998
    Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • 2005
    Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
  • 2006
    The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • 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?

  • 1723
    Samuel Langdon, American college educator (d. 1797)
  • 1878
    Ferenc Molnár, Hungarian writer (d. 1952)
  • 1917
    Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach (d. 2007)
  • 1950
    Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • 1951
    Drew Pearson, American football player
  • 1968
    Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer
  • 1969
    Margaret Nagle, American screenwriter and TV producer
  • 1971
    Scott Burrell, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Hande Yener, Turkish singer
  • 1982
    Chris Ray, American baseball player

Who died on January 12?

  • 1705
    Luca Giordano, Italian artist (b. 1634)
  • 1833
    Marie-Antoine Carême, French chef (b. 1784)
  • 1892
    William Reeves, bishop, antiquarian (b. 1815)
  • 1897
    Isaac Pitman, British inventor (Pitman Shorthand) (b. 1813)
  • 1934
    Paul Kochanski, Polish violinist, composer and arranger (b. 1887)
  • 1958
    Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)
  • 1976
    Agatha Christie, English writer (b. 1890)
  • 1997
    Charles B. Huggins, Canadian-born cancer researcher, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1901)
  • 1997
    Jean-Edern Hallier, French author (b. 1936)
  • 2005
    Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)

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