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

  • 1204
    The Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade breach the walls of Constantinople and enter the city, which they completely occupy the following day.
  • 1633
    The formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition begins.
  • 1831
    Soldiers marching on the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1877
    The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
  • 1934
    The U.S. Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.
  • 1934
    The strongest surface wind gust in the world at 231 mph, is measured on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.
  • 1935
    First flight of the Bristol Blenheim.
  • 1954
    Bill Haley & His Comets record “Rock Around the Clock” in New York City.
  • 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).
  • 1968
    Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
  • 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.
  • 1981
    The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) launches on the STS-1 mission.
  • 1990
    Jim Gary’s “Twentieth Century Dinosaurs” exhibition opens at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • 2007
    A suicide bomber penetrated the Green Zone and detonated in a cafeteria within a parliament building, killing Iraqi MP Mohammed Awad and wounding more than twenty other people.
  • 2009
    Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwe Dollar as their official currency.

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