Holidays Calendar for January 12, 2016

January 12 is Memorial Day in Turkmenistan. This date is sorrowful and special for Turkmenistan because it honors those who fell on January 12, 1881, defending the Geok Tepe fortress.

January 12 is Zanzibar Revolution Day, a very important holiday in Tanzania. This holiday commemorates the day the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964.

The Day Maldives Embraced Islam is a public holiday in the Maldives. It is celebrated each year on the first day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-thani.


January 12 is Public Prosecutor Office Professionals Day. This professional holiday was established in 1995.

January 12 is National Marzipan Day, the day that celebrates one of the most delicious treats in the world.

January 12 is National Youth Day in India. This observance is celebrated annually since 1985.

This Day in History

  • 2010 Died: Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman, co-founder of Consolidated Contractors Company, the largest construction company in the Middle East.
  • 2010 The 2010 Haiti earthquake killed about 316,000 and destroyed the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.
  • 2005 Deep Impact (a NASA space probe designed to study the interior composition of the comet Tempel 1) was launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II rocket.
  • 2004 RMS Queen Mary 2, the world's largest ocean liner, made its maiden voyage.
  • 2003 Died: Maurice Gibb, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He achieved international fame as guitarist and keyboardist of the Bee Gees.
  • 2001 Died: William Redington Hewlett, American engineer and businessman, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP), a corporation that provides hardware, software and services to consumers in the government, health and education sectors.
  • 2000 Died: Marc Davis, a prominent American animator for Walt Disney Studios. Davis was responsible for animation of many Disney characters, such as Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella, Alice, Tinker Bell, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and many others.
  • 1998 19 European nations agreed to forbid human cloning. Today human cloning it is prohibited in Australia, Canada, Columbia, all countries of EU (except Greece, Spain and Portugal), India, Romania, Serbia and in some American states.
  • 1997 Died: Charles Brenton Huggins, Canadian-American physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovering that hormones could control the spread of some cancers. The chemical cancer control is based on Huggins' studies.
  • 1991 Died: Mary Francis Shura, American author, best known for her children's adventures and young adult romances. She wrote over 50 novels under different pseudonyms (Mary Francis Shura, M. F. Craig, Meredith Hill, Mary Craig, Alexis Hill, Mary Shura Craig, Mary S. Craig and M. S. Craig).
  • 1991 Born: Pixie Lott, successful young English singer-songwriter and actress. She became famous in the UK for singles Mama Do, Nasty and All About Tonight.
  • 1976 Died: Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is best known for creation of Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple characters who investigate crimes.
  • 1974 Born: Melanie Jayne Chisholm, better known as Melanie C, English singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She was one of the five members of the Spice Girls, the best-selling female group of all the time. The Spice Girls were also called as the biggest British pop phenomenon since the Beatles.
  • 1967 Dr. James Bedford became the first person who was cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation. B
  • 1965 Born: Rob Zombie, American singer-songwriter, producer and screenwriter. He became famous as the member of the band White Zombie.
  • 1964 Born: Jeff Bezos, American businessman, founder of He is number 21 on the Forbes list of billionaires as of October 2014.
  • 1959 Born: Per Gessle, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the leader singer of Swedish pop group Gyllene, but he gained his international popularity with Roxette.
  • 1949 Born: Haruki Murakami, Japanese contemporary writer. His books were translated into 50 languages and his best-selling books sold millions of copies. Murakami's most notable books include A Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84.
  • 1918 Finland's "Mosaic Confessors" law went into effect that made Finnish Jews full citizens of the country.
  • 1915 The United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women right to vote. All the citizens of the United States regardless of their sex were given the right to vote only by the 19th Amendment (1920).
  • 1915 The Rocky Mountain National Park was formed by an act of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1908 A long-distance radio message was sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • 1899 Died: Hiram Walker, American businessman, founder of Canadian Club, a brand of whiskey from Canada.
  • 1899 Born: Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery on insecticidal qualities and use of DDT in control of vector diseases (yellow fever and malaria).
  • 1876 Born: Jack London, American author, journalist and social activist. He's world known for his works The Call of the Wild, White Fang and short stories To Build a Fire.
  • 1833 Died: Marie-Antoine Carême, French chef. He was an early practitioner of the elaborate style of cooking that is known as grande cuisine. Carême was not only a prominent chef, he is also known for creation of standard chef's hat, he classified all sauces into groups and designed new dishes and sauces.
  • 1808 British government abandoned John Rennie's scheme to defend St Mary's Church, Reculver, from coastal erosion in favor of demolition. This happened despite the fact that the church was an exemplar of Anglo-Saxon church architecture and sculpture build in 669.
  • 1665 Died: Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician and lawyer. He is known for discovery of an original method that lets find the greatest and the smallest ordinates of curved lines.
  • 1628 Born: Charles Perrault, French author. He is best known for his fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard.
  • 1580 Born: Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist and physician. He is considered as the founder of pneumatic chemistry. Today Helmont is remembered for his ideas on spontaneous generation, his 5-year tree experiment and introduction of word "gas" into the vocabulary of scientists.