April 12: Day of the Week
April 12, 2021 is the 102nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 263 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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April 12 Historical Event(s)
- 1864American Civil War: The Fort Pillow massacre: Confederate forces kill most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
- 1877The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
- 1917World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
- 1934The strongest surface wind gust in the world at 231 mph, is measured on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.
- 1937Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.
- 1961The Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).
- 1970Soviet submarine K-8, carrying four nuclear torpedoes, sinks in the Bay of Biscay four days after a fire on board.
- 1980Terry Fox begins his “Marathon of Hope” at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
- 1990Jim Gary’s “Twentieth Century Dinosaurs” exhibition opens at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
- 2002A female suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market, killing 7 and wounding 104.
Who were born on April 12?
- 1577King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway (d. 1648)
- 1792John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham, Governor General of British North America (d. 1840)
- 1866Princess Viktoria of Prussia (d. 1929)
- 1883Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1959)
- 1916Benjamin Libet, American scientist (d. 2007)
- 1923Ann Miller, American actor and dancer (d. 2004)
- 1924Raymond Barre, French politician and Prime Minister (d. 2007)
- 1931Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter (d. 1995)
- 1947Wayne Northrop, American actor
- 1971Shannen Doherty, American actor
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