Today in India and World History: January 12

Today in History: According to Gregory calendar, January 12, the day number 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. January 12 has its own special significance in India and world history.

Here you will find some important events that happened today in Indian and world History on January 12. Read on to know more about this day.

List of Important Historical events of 12th January:

  • 1554: Bayinnaung crowned King of Burma, goes on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia
  • 1665: French mathematician Pierdi Firma died. He made many rules related to mathematics which are known by him.
  • 1701: Gregorian calendar adopted in the Netherlands.
  • 1708: Shahu was crowned Maratha ruler.
  • 1723: George Frederick Handel’s opera “Otone” begins at the King’s Theater London.
  • 1748: Ahmad Shah Durani captured Lahore.
  • 1777: Mission Santa Clara de Essis founded in California.
  • 1863: Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, born in Kolkata, India (d. 1902)
  • 1872: Crowned Ethiopia Emperor in Johannes IV Aksum, the first ruler of that city in 500 years.
  • 1872: Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, 1st imperial coronation in Axum in over 200 years
  • 1875: Guangzhou became Emperor of the 11th Qing Dynasty of China at the age of 4, in succession to his cousin.
  • 1895: National Trust established in Britain.
  • 1904: Henry Ford sets a new automobile land speed record of 147.05 km.
  • 1908: Long distance wireless message sent from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • 1908: A long-distance radio message sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • 1911: More than 250 people died in the earthquake in the city of Vienna, Russia.
  • 1915: The United States delegation rejects the proposal to vote for women.
  • 1916: Four soldiers were killed in an explosion on the US Navy submarine USS E-2 at the New York Navy Yard.
  • 1918: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, born in Jabalpur, India (d. 2008)
  • 1933: Romanian Prime Minister Iliu Manu and his entire cabinet resign after disagreements with King Carol II.
  • 1942: Japan wins the Battle of Tarakan.
  • 1948: Mahatma Gandhi makes his final speech and decides to go on a hunger strike against communal violence.
  • 1954: Avalanche in Austria kills more than 200 people.
  • 1964: Former India bowler Bapu Nadkarni bowled 21 consecutive maidens in the first Test with England in Madras. This is the record so far in the history of six balls over.
  • 1970: Biafra ends the Nigerian Civil War.
  • 1972: Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was born.
  • 1976: Agatha Christie, one of the world’s best known detective novelists, died.
  • 1984: Every year on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s birthday, it was announced to celebrate National Youth Day in the country.
  • 1998: Nineteen European nations agree to refuse human cloning.
  • 2004: The world’s largest seaplane, the RMS Queen Mary 2, begins its maiden voyage.
  • 2005: Famous actor and villain of Indian cinema Amrish Puri passed away.
  • 2010: 2,30,000 people died in the Haiti earthquake. A large part of the city was destroyed in this.
  • 2015: 143 militants of terrorist organization Boko Haram were killed in an encounter with security forces in Cameroon.

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