What happened this day in history March 12

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

  • 538
    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.
  • 1664
    New Jersey becomes a colony of England.
  • 1913
    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.)
  • 1918
    Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.
  • 1928
    In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
  • 1947
    The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
  • 1966
    Suharto takes over from Sukarno to become President of Indonesia.
  • 1993
    Several bombs explode in Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.
  • 2009
    Financier Bernard Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history.
  • 2011
    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?

  • 1881
    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, first President of Turkey (d. 1938)
  • 1908
    Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • 1923
    Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (d. 2005)
  • 1929
    Win Tin, Burmese journalist
  • 1933
    Barbara Feldon, American actress and model
  • 1936
    Patrick Procktor, English artist (d. 2003)
  • 1938
    Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer
  • 1949
    Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1979
    Shaun Rogers, American football player
  • 1983
    Atif Aslam, Pakistani singer

Who died on March 12?

  • 1699
    Peder Griffenfeld, Danish statesman (b. 1635)
  • 1858
    William James Blacklock, British landscape painter (b. 1816)
  • 1930
    William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (b. 1894)
  • 1947
    Winston Churchill, American novelist (b. 1871)
  • 2001
    Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • 2001
    Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
  • 2002
    Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2011
    Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet; b. 1923)

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