What are the important events that happened on November 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
November 12: Facts & Myths About This Day
November 12 is the 316th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 49 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 30, 2021 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 27,277,920 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 ‘trihectadecahexagon’ day.
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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 81 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 3,248 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 12 Historical Events
William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional American football player on record, participating in his first paid game for the Allegheny Athletic Association.
Hugh Gray takes the first known photos of the Loch Ness Monster.
World War II: The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal between Japanese and American forces begins near Guadalcanal. The battle lasts for three days.
In Tokyo, an international war crimes tribunal sentences seven Japanese military and government officials, including General Hideki Tojo, to death for their roles in World War II.
Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre – Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous “exploding whale” incident.
Vietnam War: as part of Vietnamization, US President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam.
The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings.
Space Shuttle program: mission STS-2, utilizing the Space Shuttle Columbia, marks the first time a manned spacecraft is launched into space twice.
Dili Massacre: Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of student protesters in Dili, East Timor.
Who were born on November 12?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American suffragette (d. 1902)
Bahá'u'lláh, Persian spiritual figure (d. 1892)
Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (d. 1948)
Tudor Davies, Welsh operatic tenor (d. 1958)
Richard Quine, American actor (d. 1989)
Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician (d. 1958)
Bob Crewe, American songwriter and producer (The Four Seasons)
Michel Audet, Quebec economist and politician
Johnny Gosch, American kidnap victim
Benni McCarthy, South African footballer
Who died on November 12?
King Cnut the Great, Danish-born King of Denmark, England and Norway (b. 985 or 995)
Stephen Gardiner, English statesman (b. 1497)
St. Nicholas Owen, English Jesuit and martyr (b. c. 1550)
Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
Abe “Kid Twist” Reles, American mobster (b. 1907)
Liu Shaoqi, Chinese revolutionary, and statesman (b. 1898)
Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader (b. 1913)
William G. Adams, Canadian politician (b. 1923)
Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian (b. 1904)
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