October 12, 2024 is the 286th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 80 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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Zodiac & Birthstone
Libra is the zodiac 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.
October 12 Historical Event(s)
The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon.
President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House.
World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
World War II: Japanese ships retreat after their defeat in the Battle of Cape Esperance with the Japanese commander, Aritomo Gotō dying from wounds suffered in the battle and two Japanese destroyers sunk by Allied air attack.
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.
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
Vietnam War: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the U.S. Congress for peace initiatives are futile because of North Vietnam’s opposition
Two officers of the Victoria Police are gunned down executional style in the Walsh Street police shootings, Australia.
Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock.
The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
Who were born on October 12?
Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet (d. 1951)
Lester Dent, American writer (d. 1959)
Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager
Daliah Lavi, Israeli actress and singer
Angela Rippon, British television personality
Robin Askwith, English actor
David Vanian, British singer, (The Damned)
Steve Austria, American politician
Željko Milinovič, Slovenian footballer
Stephen Lee, English snooker player
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