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, 439,992 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 ‘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
Vitiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius.
New Jersey becomes a colony of England.
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.)
Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.
In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
Suharto takes over from Sukarno to become President of Indonesia.
Several bombs explode in Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.
Financier Bernard Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history.
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?
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, first President of Turkey (d. 1938)
Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (d. 2005)
Win Tin, Burmese journalist
Barbara Feldon, American actress and model
Patrick Procktor, English artist (d. 2003)
Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer
Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
Shaun Rogers, American football player
Atif Aslam, Pakistani singer
Who died on March 12?
Peder Griffenfeld, Danish statesman (b. 1635)
William James Blacklock, British landscape painter (b. 1816)
William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (b. 1894)
Winston Churchill, American novelist (b. 1871)
Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet; b. 1923)
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