This Day in History- October 12

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This Day in History- October 12

Did you know that Engineer Heitor da Silva Costa completed the famous Christ the Redeemer statue on this day in history? Or that the Caribbean Island of San Salvador was discovered by Columbus on October 12? It is true that history has many events that have had a significant impact on the development of the modern world. Every day has a different lesson to teach, and we must be aware of it. Let’s know more such interesting incidents and events that occurred on this day in history- October 12.

What Happened in India on October 12?

1967: Demise of Ram Manohar Lohia
Ram Manohar Lohia was a socialist political leader who was also an activist in the Indian independence movement.

2011: Successful Satellite Launch
India has successfully launched a satellite into orbit that will investigate monsoon patterns exclusively. The Megha-Tropiques satellite was built with French assistance and will exchange data with European and American organisations.

Courtesy: Cite de l’Escape

What Happened Around the World on October 12?

1216: King John of England lost his Crown Jewels
On October 12, 1216, King John of England lost his crown jewels in The Wash when the flood tide swamps his carts near Fosdyke, maybe around Sutton Bridge.

Courtesy: BBC

1492: Caribbean Island of San Salvador
Christopher Columbus’ expedition landed on the Caribbean island of San Salvador, which he names after himself (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer thought he’d made it to East Asia.

Courtesy: National Geographic Society

1711: Charles VI crowned the Holy Roman Emperor
Charles VI was crowned the Holy Roman Emperor in Frankfurt on October 12, 1711.

1789: Louis XVI Complained Covertly to the King of Spain
Ruler Louis XVI complained covertly to the King of Spain about harsh treatment, and the Count of Artois requested military action in France from the Austrian king.

1859: Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issued an edict abolishing the US Congress on October 12, 1859.

1864: Triple Alliance War
The Triple Alliance War began with the invasion of Uruguay by Brazilian troops led by General Joo Propcio Mena Barreto.

Courtesy: Kings and Generals

1900: John Philip Holland
The USS Holland, named after its creator John Philip Holland, was the first modern submarine commissioned by the US Navy on October 12, 1900.

1915: Henry Ford Produced the 1 Millionth Automobile
At the River Rouge plant in Detroit, the Ford Motor Company, led by Henry Ford, produced the 1 millionth automobile.

Courtesy: Business Casual

1931: Christ the Redeemer
Engineer Heitor da Silva Costa completed the Christ the Redeemer statue, which stands 30 metres tall (98 feet) on top of Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro, on October 12, 1931.

1976: Hua Guo-feng
Hua Guo-feng succeeded Mao Zedong as chairman of the Communist Party.

1984: Bombing by the IRA
The Grand Hotel in Brighton, where British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was staying, was bombed by the IRA on October 12, 1984.

Courtesy: Time Magazine
The Grand Hotel in Brighton, after a bomb attack by the IRA, 12th October 1984. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and many other politicians were staying at the hotel during the Conservative Party conference, but most were unharmed.

1999: The Day of the Six Billion
On October 12, 1999, the world’s 6 billionth living human was born.

Courtesy: Channel 4 News

2005: Shenzhou 6
The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 was launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.

2012: 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
The European Union won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentaries.

Courtesy: Nobel Prize

2020: Nobel Prize for Economics
Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their contributions to auction theory.

Also read about the events that happened on October 10, October 8, October 7 and October 6

Famous Birthdays

1875: Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley was a ceremonial magician, occultist, poet, painter, author, and mountaineer from England.

Courtesy: Britannica

1932: Dick Gregory
Claxton, Richard Gregory was a comedian, civil rights campaigner, and vegetarian activist from the United States.

Courtesy: Chicago Humanities Festival

1968: Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman AC is a well-known actor from Australia. He made his breakthrough in the X-Men film series as Wolverine / Logan, a role that earned him the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero.”

1975: Marion Jones
Marion Lois Jones, better known as Marion Jones-Thompson, is a former professional basketball player and a Belizean-American world champion track and field athlete.

1983: Katie Piper
Kate Elizabeth Piper, from Andover, Hampshire, is an English writer, campaigner, television presenter, and model.

Courtesy: Birmingham Mail

Also read about the events that happened on October 5, October 4, October 3, and October 2

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