What Happened on October 12

Significant Events

  • 539 BC The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon
  • 1279 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon
  • 1492 Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)
  • 1915 Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile
  • 1999 The Day of Six Billion: the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" published in London

On October 12, 1609

Famous Weddings

  • 1810 First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
  • 1822 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" author Victor Hugo (20) weds Adele Fourcher
  • 1893 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (37) weds Margaret James Murray
  • 1929 US military leader George Marshall (48) weds Katherine Tupper
  • 1942 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)
More Weddings & Divorces

Would You Believe?

King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge

On October 12, 1216