About September 12

September 12, 2020 is the 256th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 110 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 153 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On September 12

  • 372
    Sixteen Kingdoms: Jin Xiaowudi, age 10, succeeds his father Jin Jianwendi as Emperor of the Eastern Jin Dynasty.
  • 1609
    Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.
  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.
  • 1848
    Switzerland becomes a Federal state.
  • 1857
    The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.
  • 1897
    Tirah Campaign: Battle of Saragarhi.
  • 1940
    An explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey kills 51 people and injures over 200.
  • 1940
    Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
  • 1942
    World War II: First day of the Battle of Edson’s Ridge during the Guadalcanal campaign. U.S. Marines protecting Henderson Field on Guadalcanal are attacked by Imperial Japanese Army forces.
  • 1942
    World War II: RMS Laconia, carrying civilians, Allied soldiers and Italian POWs is torpedoed off the coast of West Africa and sinks with a heavy loss of life.
  • 1958
    Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit.
  • 1959
    Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.
  • 1961
    The African and Malagasy Union is founded.
  • 1974
    Juventude Africana Amilcar Cabral is founded in Guinea-Bissau.
  • 1980
    Military coup in Turkey.
  • 1992
    Abimael Guzmán, leader of the Shining Path, is captured by Peruvian special forces; shortly thereafter the rest of Shining Path’s leadership fell as well.
  • 1994
    Frank Eugene Corder crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House’s south lawn, striking the West wing and killing himself.
  • 1999
    Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • 2003
    In Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.
  • 2007
    Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.

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