About November 12

November 12, 2020 is the 317th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 49 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 92 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On November 12

  • 764
    Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days.
  • 1439
    Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.
  • 1793
    Jean Sylvain Bailly, the first Mayor of Paris, is guillotined.
  • 1892
    William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional American football player on record, participating in his first paid game for the Allegheny Athletic Association.
  • 1893
    The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan; the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two nations.
  • 1912
    The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
  • 1918
    Austria becomes a republic.
  • 1928
    SS Vestris sinks approximately 200 mi off Hampton Roads, Virginia, killing at least 110 passengers, mostly women and children who die after the vessel is abandoned.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Soviet cruiser Chervona Ukraina is destroyed during the Battle of Sevastopol.
  • 1948
    In Tokyo, an international war crimes tribunal sentences seven Japanese military and government officials, including General Hideki Tojo, to death for their roles in World War II.
  • 1969
    Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre – Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
  • 1970
    The 1970 Bhola cyclone makes landfall on the coast of East Pakistan becoming the deadliest tropical cyclone in history.
  • 1970
    The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous “exploding whale” incident.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: as part of Vietnamization, US President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam.
  • 1975
    The Comoros joins the United Nations.
  • 1996
    A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 and a Kazakh Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane collide in mid-air near New Delhi, killing 349. The deadliest mid-air collision to date.
  • 1997
    Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
  • 1999
    The Düzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
  • 2001
    In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 en route to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
  • 2003
    Shanghai Transrapid sets a new world speed record (501 km/h) for commercial railway systems, which remains the fastest for unmodified commercial rail vehicles.

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