What Happened in 1912

Significant Events

  • Jan 6 Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt.
  • Jan 17 Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen
  • Feb 12 Last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates
  • Mar 7 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole
  • Mar 29 Capt Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"
  • Apr 10 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage
  • Apr 14 RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland
  • Apr 15 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on
  • May 7 Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer
More Historical Events

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RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage

On April 10, 1912

World Leaders in 1912

Famous People in 1912

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 9 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (22) weds Natalie Talbert
  • Aug 1 Physicist Niels Bohr (26) weds Margrethe Norlund at a civil ceremony in Slagelse, Denmark
  • Aug 10 British literary figure (author of "To the Lighthouse") Virginia Woolf (30) weds political theorist Leonard Woolf (31)
  • Dec 19 Author Colette (39) weds "Le Matin" newspaper editor Henri de Jouvenel