On This Day

What Happened in 1912

Important 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 8 Chiefs, representatives of people's and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms
  • Jan 17 Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen
  • Feb 12 The last Qing Emperor of China, Puyi abdicates after losing the support of the Chinese people and thus the mandate of heaven
  • Mar 7 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole
  • Mar 29 Captain Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"
  • 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, with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people
  • May 7 Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer

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1912 in Film & TV

  • Jul 31 US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship)

1912 in Music


Did You Know?

Bust of Queen Nefertiti found in El-Amarna, Egypt

On December 7, 1912


World Leaders in 1912

Famous People in 1912

Would You Believe?

15 young women are fired by Curtis Publishing in Philadelphia for dancing the "Turkey Trot" during their lunch break

On May 29, 1912

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