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 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 353 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 30, 2021 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,641,945,600 seconds 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 20 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 3,309 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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January 12 Historical Events
Gustav I of Sweden crowned king of Sweden.
Mission Santa Clara de Asís is founded in what is now Santa Clara, California.
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman’s cabinet (which included amongst its members H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election.
Acting to restore confidence in baseball after the Black Sox Scandal, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is elected as Major League Baseball’s first commissioner.
Original Sam ‘n’Henry aired on Chicago radio later renamed Amos ‘n’Andy in 1928.
The UN Security Council votes 11-1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).
The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
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?
Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (d. 1841)
Ferenc Molnár, Hungarian writer (d. 1952)
James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (d. 1997)
Emmanuel Levinas, French philosopher (d. 1995)
Jean Delannoy, French film director (d. 2008)
Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa
Lewis Fiander, Australian actor
Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor
François Girard, French-Canadian film director and screenwriter
Raekwon, American rapper
Who died on January 12?
Hugh Mercer, American Revolutionary War officer (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1726)
Richard Challoner, English Catholic prelate (b. 1691)
Friedrich von Schlegel, German poet (b. 1772)
Marie-Antoine Carême, French chef (b. 1784)
Václav Hanka, Czech philologist, (b. 1791)
Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)
Charles B. Huggins, Canadian-born cancer researcher, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1901)
Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (b. 1913)
Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)
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