What are the important events that happened on March 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
March 12: Facts & Myths About This Day
March 12 is the 72nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 294 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 28, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,399,520 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 ‘heptacontadigon’ day.
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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 337 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 2,638 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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March 12 Historical Events
Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, founders of the Jesuits, are canonized as saints by the Catholic Church.
Peninsular War: A day after a successful rear guard action, French Marshal Michel Ney once again successfully delayed the pursuing Anglo-Portuguese force at the Battle of Redinha.
Henry O'Farrell attempts to assassinate Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States.
Canberra Day: The future capital of Australia is officially named Canberra. (Melbourne remained temporary capital until 1927 while the new capital is still under construction.)
In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
Konstantin Päts and General Johan Laidoner stage a coup in Estonia, and ban all political parties.
New Hampshire Lottery: New Hampshire becomes the first U.S. state to legally sell lottery tickets in the 20th century.
The March 12 Memorandum is sent to the Demirel government of Turkey and the government resigns.
A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan’s earthquake.
Who were born on March 12?
Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (d. 1325)
William Halse Rivers Rivers, British psychiatrist (d. 1922)
Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
Wally Schirra, American astronaut (d. 2007)
DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (d. 2011)
Barbara Feldon, American actress and model
Patrick Procktor, English artist (d. 2003)
Graham Coxon, English musician (Blur)
Casey Mears, American auto racer
Tobias Schweinsteiger, German footballer
Who died on March 12?
Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (b. 1840)
George Westinghouse, American entrepreneur and engineer (b. 1846)
Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (b. 1869)
George D. Sax, American entrepreneur (b. 1904)
Maurice Evans, English-born actor (b. 1901)
Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist (b. 1916)
Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer and media host (b. 1949)
Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet; b. 1923)
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