January 12: Day of the Week
January 12, 2017 was the 12th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 353 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
January 12 Historical Event(s)
- 475Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.
- 1528Gustav I of Sweden crowned king of Sweden.
- 1773The first public Colonial American museum opens in Charleston, South Carolina.
- 1875Kwang-su becomes emperor of China.
- 189913 crew members and 5 apprentices are rescued from the stricken schooner Forest Hall by the Lynmouth Lifeboat when it floundered off the coast of Devon, England.
- 1911The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.
- 1918Finland’s “Mosaic Confessors” law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens.
- 1986Space Shuttle program: Congressman Bill Nelson lifts off from Kennedy Space Center aboard Columbia on mission STS-61C as a Mission Specialist.
- 2006The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
- 2010The 2010 Haiti earthquake occurs killing an estimated 316,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.
Who were born on January 12?
- 1876Fevzi Çakmak, Turkish Field Marshal and Prime Minister (d. 1950)
- 1903Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist (d. 1960)
- 1941Long John Baldry, British blues singer (d. 2005)
- 1947Tom Dempsey, American football player
- 1949Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist
- 1963Nando Reis, Brazilian singer and composer
- 1967Vendela Kirsebom, Swedish supermodel
- 1969Margaret Nagle, American screenwriter and TV producer
- 1979David Zabriskie, American cyclist
- 1979Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model
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