October 12: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On October 12, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 285th day of the Gregorian calendar is October 12th. A truck went off a cliff in Peru, killing 51 people; Japan’s former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei was found guilty of receiving a $2 million bribe from Lockheed Corporation; and a massive forest fire in Minnesota killed 453 people.

The 12th of October falls under the sign of Libra. Luciano Pavarotti and Marion Jones, both born on October 12th, have famous birthdays. National Coaches Day and National Farmers Day are also celebrated today.


(October 12, 1901)
The White House is officially renamed by President Theodore Roosevelt from the "Executive Mansion." photo source:


(October 12, 1968)
Equatorial Guinea Independence Day.

(October 12, 1994)
The Magellan spacecraft is destroyed by the heat of Venus's atmosphere. photo source:

(October 12, 1999)
Wilt Chamberlain, an American basketball player who was regarded as one of the game's best offensive players, died at the age of 63. photo source:

(October 12, 2001)
The United Nations and its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, received the centenary Nobel Peace Prize. photo source:


(October 12, 2018)
At St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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