About December 12

December 12, 2021 is the 346th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 19 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 51 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 12

  • 1098
    First Crusade: Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan – Crusaders breach the town’s walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they resort to cannibalism.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant – A Royal Navy squadron, commanded by Rear Admiral Richard Kempenfelt on HMS Victory, defeats a French fleet.
  • 1870
    Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first one being Hiram Revels.
  • 1911
    King George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck are enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India.
  • 1915
    President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai, announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China.
  • 1917
    In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.
  • 1918
    Flag of Estonia is raised atop the Pikk Hermann for the first time.
  • 1936
    Xi'an Incident: The Generalissimo of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek, is kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang.
  • 1939
    HMS Duchess sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men.
  • 1939
    Winter War: Battle of Tolvajärvi – Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.
  • 1940
    World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, as a result of a German air raid.
  • 1941
    World War II: USMC F4F “Wildcats” sink the first 4 major Japanese ships off Wake Island.
  • 1948
    Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre – 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
  • 1956
    Beginning of the Irish Republican Army’s “Border Campaign”.
  • 1958
    Guinea joins the United Nations.
  • 1963
    Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1979
    The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
  • 1982
    Women’s peace protest at Greenham Common – 30,000 women hold hands and form a human chain around the 14.5 km perimeter fence.
  • 1984
    Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya becomes the third president of Mauritania after a coup d'état against Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla while the latter is attending a summit.
  • 2000
    The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.

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