December 12 Holidays, Events & Observances

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December 12 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are December 12 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; December 12 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on December 12. ***

December 11 holidays and observances
December 12 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in December, international holidays in December 12, national days in December 12. Some major December 12 national day and International holidays list in December calendar. ***

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe. ***

There are literally thousands of holidays throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays. ***

Explore holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of December 12 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays. ***

We have documented the long list of observances on December 12, notable events, national days in December 12, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on December 12 globally. ***

Month of December

The month of December brings many holidays, feasts, and happenings!Learn all about the 12th month on the calendar, a short history, and what the month is known for! From St. Nicholas Day to the Geminid Meteor Shower to Christmas, it’s a busy month of the year. Just remember to grab a cup of cocoa and relax when you can.  ***

December is the 12th month (and last month) in our modern-day Gregorian calendar (as it was in the preceding Julian calendar). ***

However, it was originally the 10th month of the Roman calendar (until 153 BC). Hence, “December” comes from the Latin word decem, meaning “ten.” ***

Holidays in December

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed. ***

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities. ***

Meanwhile few of holidays in December are: National Fritters Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, National Mutt Day | National Mixed Breed Dog Day, Pan American Health Day, Special Education Day, World Computer Literacy Day, National Roof over Your Head Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Make a Gift Day, and more. ***

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December 12 Holidays and Observances

December 12 Holidays, National Day

December 12 is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 19 days remain until the end of the year.
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Events

  • 627 – Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II’s Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.
  • 884 – King Carloman II dies after a hunting accident.
  • 1388 – Maria of Enghien sells the lordship of Argos and Nauplia to the Republic of Venice.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River.
  • 1866 – Oaks explosion: The worst mining disaster in England kills 361 miners and rescuers.
  • 1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman.
  • 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter “S” *** in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1915 – Yuan Shikai declares the establishment of the Empire of China and proclaims himself Emperor.
  • 1917 – Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.
  • 1935 – Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction program, is founded by Heinrich Himmler.
  • 1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident: Japanese aircraft bomb and sink U.S. gunboat USS Panay on the Yangtze river in China.
  • 1939 – HMS Duchess sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men.
  • 1941 – World War II: Fifty-four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off; César Basa is killed.
  • 1941 – The Holocaust: Adolf Hitler declares the imminent extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.
  • 1945 – The People’s Republic of Korea is outlawed in the South, by order of the United States Army Military Government in Korea.
  • 1946 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 13 relating to acceptance of Siam (now Thailand) to the United Nations is adopted.
  • 1956 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 121 relating to acceptance of Japan to the United Nations is adopted.
  • 1969 – The Piazza Fontana bombing; a bomb explodes at the headquarters of Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura (the National Agricultural Bank) in Piazza Fontana in Milan, Italy, killing 17 people and wounding 88. The same afternoon, three more bombs are detonated in Rome and Milan, and another is found unexploded.
  • 1979 – The 8.2 Mw  Tumaco earthquake shakes Colombia and Ecuador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 300–600, and generating a large tsunami.
  • 1985 – Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
  • 1988 – The Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains—one of the worst train crashes in the United Kingdom.
  • 2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.
  • 2001 – Prime Minister of Vietnam Phan Văn Khải announces the decision on upgrading the Phong Nha–Kẻ Bàng nature reserve to a national park, providing information on projects for the conservation and development of the park and revised maps.
  • 2012 – North Korea successfully launches its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2.
  • 2015 – The Paris Agreement relating to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is adopted.
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Births

  • 1526 – Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral (d. 1588)
  • 1685 – Lodovico Giustini, Italian pianist and composer (d. 1743)
  • 1724 – Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, English admiral and politician (d. 1816)
  • 1786 – William L. Marcy, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 21st United States Secretary of State (d. 1857)
  • 1799 – Karl Bryullov, Russian painter (d. 1852)
  • 1805 – Henry Wells, American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1878)
  • 1806 – Stand Watie, American general (d. 1871)
  • 1812 – John Sandfield Macdonald, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Premier of Ontario (d. 1872)
  • 1821 – Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (d. 1880)
  • 1830 – Joseph Orville Shelby, Confederate general (d. 1897)
  • 1842 – Adolf Bötticher, German journalist and historian (d. 1901)
  • 1845 – Bruce Price, American architect, designed the American Surety Building and Bank of the Metropolis (d. 1903)
  • 1866 – Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)
  • 1870 – Walter Benona Sharp, American businessman, co-founded Hughes Tool Company (d. 1912)
  • 1876 – Alvin Kraenzlein, American hurdler and runner (d. 1928)
  • 1881 – Louise Thuliez, French school teacher, resistance fighter during World War I and World War II and author (d. 1966)
  • 1893 – Edward G. Robinson, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1901 – Harald Kaarmann, Estonian footballer (d. 1942)
  • 1907 – Roy Douglas, English pianist and composer (d. 2015)
  • 1912 – Henry Armstrong, American boxer (d. 1988)
  • 1915 – Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1998)
  • 1918 – Joe Williams, American singer and pianist (d. 1999)
  • 1920 – Josef Doležal, Czech race walker (d. 1999)
  • 1923 – Bob Barker, American game show host and producer
  • 1923 – Bob Dorough, American musician, composer, and producer (d. 2018)
  • 1925 – Ted Kennedy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2009)
  • 1925 – Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (d. 1985)
  • 1925 – Vladimir Shainsky, Ukrainian-Russian pianist and composer (d. 2017)
  • 1927 – Robert Noyce, American inventor and businessman, co-founded the Intel Corporation (d. 1990)
  • 1928 – Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1929 – Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese pianist and composer
  • 1932 – Bob Pettit, American basketball player and coach
  • 1933 – Christa Stubnick, German sprinter
  • 1934 – Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican lawyer and politician, 52nd President of Mexico (d. 2012)
  • 1936 – Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper and educator (d. 2016)
  • 1937 – Philip Ledger, English pianist, composer, and academic (d. 2012)
  • 1940 – Sharad Pawar, Indian politician, Indian Minister of Agriculture
  • 1943 – Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1945 – Tony Williams, American drummer, composer, and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1947 – Chris Mullin, English journalist and politician
  • 1948 – Colin Todd, English football player and coach
  • 1949 – Bill Nighy, English actor
  • 1949 – Marc Ravalomanana, Malagasy businessman and politician, President of Madagascar
  • 1950 – Pedro Ferriz de Con, Mexican journalist
  • 1950 – Heiner Flassbeck, German economist and academic
  • 1950 – Gorman Thomas, American baseball player
  • 1950 – Rajinikanth, Indian actor
  • 1950 – Billy Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
  • 1951 – Rehman Malik, Pakistani politician, Pakistani Minister of Interior
  • 1952 – Cathy Rigby, American gymnast
  • 1953 – Martin Ferguson, Australian lawyer and politician
  • 1953 – Rafael Septién, Mexican-American football player
  • 1955 – Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
  • 1956 – Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist
  • 1960 – Martina Hellmann, German discus thrower
  • 1961 – Andrey Perlov, Russian race walker
  • 1962 – Tracy Austin, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1962 – Arturo Barrios, Mexican-American runner
  • 1962 – Mike Golic, American football player and radio host
  • 1963 – Eduardo Castro Luque, Mexican businessman and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1964 – Haywood Jeffires, American football player and coach
  • 1967 – John Randle, American football player
  • 1968 – Sašo Udovič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1969 – Wilfred Kirochi, Kenyan runner
  • 1969 – Fiona May, English-Italian long jumper
  • 1969 – Michael Möllenbeck, German discus thrower
  • 1971 – Sammy Korir, Kenyan runner
  • 1972 – Nicky Eaden, English footballer and coach
  • 1972 – Craig Field, Australian rugby league player
  • 1972 – Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-Danish runner
  • 1972 – Georgios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
  • 1974 – Bernard Lagat, Kenyan-American runner
  • 1974 – Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer and manager
  • 1975 – Mayim Bialik, American actress, neuroscientist, and author
  • 1975 – Craig Moore, Australian footballer and manager
  • 1977 – Yoel Hernández, Cuban hurdler
  • 1977 – Dean Macey, English decathlete and bobsledder
  • 1977 – Colin White, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 – Nate Clements, American football player
  • 1979 – John Salmons, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Dejene Berhanu, Ethiopian runner (d. 2010)
  • 1980 – Dorin Goian, Romanian footballer
  • 1981 – Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 – Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer
  • 1981 – Stephen Warnock, English footballer
  • 1982 – Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player
  • 1983 – Roni Porokara, Finnish footballer
  • 1984 – Daniel Agger, Danish footballer
  • 1985 – Pat Calathes, Greek-American basketball player
  • 1986 – Daddy Birori, Rwandan footballer
  • 1986 – Përparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer
  • 1986 – Nina Kolarič, Slovenian long jumper
  • 1986 – T. J. Ward, American football player
  • 1988 – Isaac John, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1990 – Nixon Chepseba, Kenyan runner
  • 1990 – Dawin, American singer-songwriter
  • 1991 – Joseph Leilua, Australian-Samoan rugby league player
  • 1993 – Zeli Ismail, English footballer
  • 1994 – Otto Warmbier, American student imprisoned in North Korea (d. 2017)
  • 1995 – C.J. LeBlanc, American actor
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Deaths

  • 1296 – Isabella of Mar, first wife of Robert Bruce VII (b. 1277)
  • 1572 – Loredana Marcello, Dogaressa of Venice, botanist, author
  • 1751 – Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English philosopher and politician, Secretary at War (b. 1678)
  • 1766 – Johann Christoph Gottsched, German philosopher, author, and critic (b. 1700)
  • 1794 – Meshullam Feivush Heller, Ukrainian author (b. 1742)
  • 1803 – Prince Frederick Adolf of Sweden (b. 1750)
  • 1858 – Jacques Viger, Canadian archeologist and politician, 1st Mayor of Montreal (b. 1787)
  • 1889 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and theorist (b. 1804)
  • 1894 – John Sparrow David Thompson, Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1845)
  • 1913 – Menelik II, Ethiopian emperor (b. 1844)
  • 1921 – Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer and academic (b. 1868)
  • 1923 – Raymond Radiguet, French author and poet (b. 1903)
  • 1934 – Thorleif Haug, Norwegian skier (b. 1894)
  • 1939 – Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1883)
  • 1941 – César Basa, Filipino lieutenant and pilot (b. 1915)
  • 1951 – Mildred Bailey, American singer (b. 1907)
  • 1958 – Albert Walsh, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1900)
  • 1966 – Karl Ruberl, Austrian-American swimmer (b. 1880)
  • 1968 – Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1970 – Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (b. 1889)
  • 1975 – Richard Baggallay, English colonel and cricketer (b. 1884)
  • 1980 – Jean Lesage, Canadian lawyer and politician, 19th Premier of Quebec (b. 1912)
  • 1985 – Anne Baxter, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1993 – József Antall, Hungarian historian and politician, 35th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1932)
  • 1994 – Stuart Roosa, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1933)
  • 1996 – Vance Packard, American journalist, author, and critic (b. 1914)
  • 1997 – Evgenii Landis, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1921)
  • 1998 – Lawton Chiles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 41st Governor of Florida (b. 1930)
  • 1998 – Morris Udall, American captain and politician (b. 1922)
  • 1999 – Paul Cadmus, American painter and illustrator (b. 1904)
  • 1999 – Joseph Heller, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright(b. 1923)
  • 2001 – Ardito Desio, Italian geologist and explorer (b. 1897)
  • 2002 – Dee Brown, American historian and author (b. 1908)
  • 2003 – Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijani general and politician, 3rd President of Azerbaijan (b. 1923)
  • 2005 – Robert Newmyer, American actor and producer (b. 1956)
  • 2005 – Annette Stroyberg, Danish actress (b. 1936)
  • 2005 – Gebran Tueni, Lebanese journalist and politician (b. 1957)
  • 2006 – Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • 2006 – Peter Boyle, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2006 – Alan Shugart, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
  • 2007 – François al-Hajj, Lebanese general (b. 1953)
  • 2007 – Ike Turner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1931)
  • 2008 – Avery Dulles, American cardinal and theologian (b. 1918)
  • 2008 – Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2010 – Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver, founded Tom Walkinshaw Racing (b. 1946)
  • 2012 – Joe Allbritton, American banker, publisher, and philanthropist, founded the Allbritton Communications Company (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – David Tait, English rugby player (b. 1987)
  • 2013 – Abdul Quader Molla, Bangladeshi journalist and politician (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – Audrey Totter, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Norman Bridwell, American author and illustrator, created Clifford the Big Red Dog (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Ivor Grattan-Guinness, English mathematician, historian, and academic (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Herb Plews, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2015 – Frans Geurtsen, Dutch footballer (b. 1942)
  • 2015 – Evelyn S. Lieberman, American politician, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
  • 2016 – Shirley Hazzard, Australian-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1931)
  • 2017 – Ed Lee, American politician and attorney, 43rd Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1952)
  • 2017 – Pat DiNizio, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2019 – Danny Aiello, American actor (b. 1933)
  • 2020 – John le Carré, English author (b. 1931)
  • 2020 – Ann Reinking, American actress, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1949)
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Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Abra of Poitiers
    • Columba of Terryglass
    • Corentin of Quimper
    • Edburga of Minster-in-Thanet
    • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    • Finnian of Clonard
    • Vicelinus
  • Constitution Day (Russia)
  • Neutrality Day (Turkmenistan)

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  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on December 12
  • Today in Canadian History

December 12 Day, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible. ***

This calendar for the national days of December (December 12 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic December 12 day celebrates. ***

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day. ***

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