12 November

November 12 is the 316th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 49 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about November 12th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 12th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Pneumonia Day
  • National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
  • National Happy Hour Day
  • Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – November 12

1991: Dili massacre

Several pro-independence protesters were shot at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, East Timor by Indonesian soldiers. about 250 people were killed in this event, which is also known as the Dili massacre or the Santa Cruz massacare

1990: Coup in Lesotho

Justin Metsing Lekhanya staged a coup against King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho and took over the government of Lesotho. Lekhanya was deposed a few months later in another military coup.

1984: First salvage operation in space

Astronauts Dale A. Gardner and Joseph P. Allen aboard space shuttle Discovery performed a series of space walks to salvage parts from two satellites, the Palapa B-2 and the Westar 6 which had steered away from their orbits.

1981: STS-2 launched

The second space shuttle mission by NASA, space shuttle Columbia was launched from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first time a manned space shuttle had been launched twice.

1966: First images of a Solar Eclipse taken from space

The crew of Gemini 12 which included Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin were able to view and take pictures of the total solar eclipse over South America.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, November 12

1980: Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor, singer

1945: Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

1934: Charles Manson, American cult leader, murderer

1866: Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary, politician, 1st President of the Republic of China

1840: Auguste Rodin, French sculptor, created The Thinker

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, November 12

2010: Henryk Górecki, Polish composer

1969: Iskander Mirza, Pakistani politician, 1st President of Pakistan

1939: Norman Bethune, Canadian physician

1757: Colley Cibber, English poet

1035: Cnut the Great, Danish king

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