About October 12

October 12, 2020 is the 286th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 80 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 123 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 12

  • 1279
    Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon
  • 1398
    The Treaty of Salynas is signed between Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great and the Teutonic Knights, who received Samogitia.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India
  • 1654
    The Delft Explosion devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100 people.
  • 1773
    America‘s first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’in Virginia
  • 1792
    First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
  • 1823
    Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
  • 1871
    Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) enacted by British rule in India, which named over 160 local communities 'Criminal Tribes', i.e. hereditary criminals. Repealed in 1949, after Independence of India.
  • 1892
    The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.
  • 1945
    World War II: Desmond Doss is the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.
  • 1960
    Inejiro Asanuma, Chair of the Japanese Socialist Party, is assassinated in Japan by Otoya Yamaguchi, a 17-year-old. The cameras were rolling at the time, so the moment was caught on film.
  • 1962
    Infamous Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages
  • 1964
    The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits
  • 1983
    Japan’s former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei is found guilty of taking a million bribe from Lockheed and is sentenced to 4 years in jail.
  • 1984
    Brighton hotel bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. Thatcher escapes but the bomb kills five people and wounds 31.
  • 1991
    Askar Akayev, previously chosen President of Kyrgyzstan by republic’s Supreme Soviet, is confirmed president in an uncontested poll.
  • 1997
    Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock.
  • 1999
    The Day of Six Billion: The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born.
  • 2002
    Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.
  • 2005
    The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.

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