About April 12

April 12, 2021 is the 102nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 263 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Aries is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 295 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 12

  • 238
    Gordian II lost the Battle of Carthage against the Numidian forces loyal to Maximinus Thrax and is killed. Gordian I, his father, commits suicide.
  • 467
    Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 1633
    The formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition begins.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorizes its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain.
  • 1820
    Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Mobile, Alabama, falls to the Union Army.
  • 1877
    The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
  • 1935
    First flight of the Bristol Blenheim.
  • 1937
    Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.
  • 1955
    The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.
  • 1961
    The Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).
  • 1963
    The Soviet nuclear powered submarine K-33 collides with the Finnish merchant vessel M/S Finnclipper in the Danish straits.
  • 1968
    Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
  • 1970
    Soviet submarine K-8, carrying four nuclear torpedoes, sinks in the Bay of Biscay four days after a fire on board.
  • 1980
    Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'état, ending over 130 years of minority Americo-Liberian rule over the country.
  • 1980
    Terry Fox begins his “Marathon of Hope” at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1994
    Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
  • 1999
    US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving “intentionally false statements” in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
  • 2002
    A female suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market, killing 7 and wounding 104.
  • 2009
    Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwe Dollar as their official currency.

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