What are the important events that happened on September 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
September 12: Facts & Myths About This Day
September 12 is the 256th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 110 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 30, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,664,480 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 ‘dihectapentacontahexagon’ day.
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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 153 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 2,822 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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September 12 Historical Events
Mexican-American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.
The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.
Salisbury, Rhodesia, is founded.
Tirah Campaign: Battle of Saragarhi.
Wilfred Rhodes ends his 1110-game first-class career by taking 5 for 95 for H.D.G. Leveson Gower’s XI against the Australians.
An explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey kills 51 people and injures over 200.
Dwight Gooden sets the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden’s 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.
Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.
Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
The 2008 Chatsworth train collision in Los Angeles between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train kills 25 people.
Who were born on September 12?
William Dugdale, English antiquarian (d. 1686)
Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian (d. 1775)
H. L. Mencken, American journalist and author (d. 1956)
Pierre Sévigny, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
Jackson Mac Low, American poet, performance artist, composer and playwright(d. 2004)
Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong artist and director (d. 2003)
Rachel Ward, English actress
Dino Merlin, Bosnian singer
Darren Campbell, British athlete
Daniel Muir, American football player
Who died on September 12?
Marcellinus of Carthage, Christian saint
Tanneguy Lefebvre, French classical scholar (b. 1615)
Jacob Abendana, Spanish scholar (b. 1630)
Jan van der Heyden, Dutch painter (b. 1637)
Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer (b. 1683)
Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German writer (b. 1801)
George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1845)
Jules Violle, French physicist and inventor (b. 1841)
Spot Poles, American baseball player b. 1887
Tommy Armour, Scottish golfer (b. 1894)
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