21 fun facts for October, 12

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
October 12th is a day filled with historically significant events, such as Christopher Columbus reaching the Americas and the launch of the first multi-crew spacecraft, Voskhod 1. Additionally, it's a day of celebration, with National Freethought Day in the US, National Farmer's Day, and National Ayurveda Day in India.
21 Fun facts
  1. On October 12th, 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew reached the Americas. This event marked the beginning of European exploration, conquest, and colonization of the American continents.
  2. In 1609, the Songhai Empire in West Africa officially ended, after having survived for nearly 1,000 years. The empire was renowned for its significant influence on African art, trade, and education.
  3. The United States Naval Academy opened its doors for the first time on October 12, 1845, in Annapolis, Maryland. The prestigious military academy has since then produced many exceptional leaders.
  4. In 1870, Fiji officially became a British colony, an arrangement that lasted until 1970 when the island nation became independent.
  5. October 12th is National Freethought Day in the United States. This holiday is dedicated to celebrating critical thinking, skepticism, secularism, and the pursuit of intellectual freedom.
  6. On October 12th, 1871, the British government established the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in London. The department's role was to solve complex crimes by developing modern investigative techniques, such as fingerprinting.
  7. In 1892, the first students started attending classes at the University of Chicago. Now, the university is consistently ranked among the top academic institutions in the world.
  8. In 1928, the first iron lung was used on this day at the Boston Children's Hospital. The device greatly improved the quality of life for patients with polio and other lung-related issues.
  9. On October 12th, 1960, the iconic Etch a Sketch toy was first introduced by the Ohio Art Company. The fun, classic red-framed drawing toy is still beloved by children and adults alike.
  10. In 1964, the Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1, the first spacecraft to carry more than one crew member. This pioneering mission paved the way for more complex space projects.
  11. October 12th, 1979, Douglas Adams published the first book in his popular "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. This comedic science fiction has since become a cultural icon with a passionate fanbase.
  12. In 1988, the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ, was carbon-dated to the Middle Ages, dispelling its authenticity claims.
  13. On this day in 1994, NASA's Magellan spacecraft ended its mission to Venus. The Magellan was the first spacecraft to provide detailed images of the planet's surface.
  14. October 12th marks the anniversary of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries bombing in 1972 in Japan. The attack was the deadliest in post-war Japan, killing eight people and injuring around 375 others.
  15. In 1999, the world's population reached six billion, according to the United Nations. Today, the world's population has surpassed seven billion.
  16. On October 12th, 2001, Apple released the iPod, which revolutionized the way people listen to music and consume digital media.
  17. In 2007, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness about global warming.
  18. National Farmer's Day is celebrated in the United States on October 12, honoring the hard work and dedication of farmers throughout the country.
  19. In India, October 12 is National Ayurveda Day, celebrating India's traditional medicine system that has been practiced for over 3,000 years.
  20. On this day in 2017, The United States announced its decision to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural and scientific organization, citing anti-Israel bias concerns.
  21. In 2018, Princess Eugenie of York married Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same location where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married earlier that year.