About April 12

April 12, 2024 is the 103rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 263 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 292 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 12

  • 467
    Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 1204
    The Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade breach the walls of Constantinople and enter the city, which they completely occupy the following day.
  • 1557
    Cuenca is founded in Ecuador.
  • 1606
    The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of Great Britain.
  • 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.
  • 1877
    The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
  • 1917
    World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
  • 1927
    April 12 Incident: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Communist Party of China members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    A train derails near Merano, Italy, after running into a landslide, causing nine deaths and injuring 28 people.

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