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, 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

  • 1622
    Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, founders of the Jesuits, are canonized as saints by the Catholic Church.
  • 1811
    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.
  • 1868
    Henry O'Farrell attempts to assassinate Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • 1912
    The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States.
  • 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.)
  • 1928
    In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
  • 1934
    Konstantin Päts and General Johan Laidoner stage a coup in Estonia, and ban all political parties.
  • 1964
    New Hampshire Lottery: New Hampshire becomes the first U.S. state to legally sell lottery tickets in the 20th century.
  • 1971
    The March 12 Memorandum is sent to the Demirel government of Turkey and the government resigns.
  • 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?

  • 1270
    Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (d. 1325)
  • 1864
    William Halse Rivers Rivers, British psychiatrist (d. 1922)
  • 1881
    Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1923
    Wally Schirra, American astronaut (d. 2007)
  • 1926
    DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (d. 2011)
  • 1933
    Barbara Feldon, American actress and model
  • 1936
    Patrick Procktor, English artist (d. 2003)
  • 1969
    Graham Coxon, English musician (Blur)
  • 1978
    Casey Mears, American auto racer
  • 1982
    Tobias Schweinsteiger, German footballer

Who died on March 12?

  • 1608
    Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
  • 1894
    Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (b. 1840)
  • 1914
    George Westinghouse, American entrepreneur and engineer (b. 1846)
  • 1943
    Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (b. 1869)
  • 1974
    George D. Sax, American entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • 1989
    Maurice Evans, English-born actor (b. 1901)
  • 1999
    Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist (b. 1916)
  • 2003
    Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer and media host (b. 1949)
  • 2011
    Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet; b. 1923)

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