December 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, December 12, 1899, the first case of the bubonic plague was announced in Honolulu?

December 12th is Poinsettia Day and Ding-A-Ling Day.

Welcome to day 346 of the year folks, there are just 13 days left until Christmas & 19 days left of the year.

This day has been an important day over the years, here you’ll discover historic facts & events and learn all about the importance that this day has had in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1899, the first case of the bubonic plague was announced in Honolulu? It had arrived on rats aboard a ship that had sailed from pandemic-stricken Asia.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 12th in history!

What Events Happened On December 12 In History?

2019 The deepest point of land was identified.

OTD in 2019: The deepest point of land was identified.

Underneath the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica, there is an ice-filled canyon 11,500 feet below sea level, making it the deepest point on earth to date.


2012 After countless failures, North Korea launched its first satellite.

Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 ("Bright Star" in English) was designed as an Earth-observation satellite, but international parties condemned its launch. This was largely down to the fact that the launch rocket used the same technology as a ballistic missile, which North Korea was banned from testing at the time.

2001 Winona Ryder was arrested.

On the premise of shoplifting charges, Winona Ryder was arrested in Beverly Hills for stealing $4,700 worth of merchandise and possession of pain medication without a prescription.

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1992 A 7.8 earthquake hit Flores Island in Indonesia, which caused an 82-foot tsunami, killing about 2,500 people.

1988 Rainman, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, premiered in New York.


1980 Apple made its initial public offering on the US stock market.

OTD in 1980: Apple made its initial public offering on the US stock market.

Thirty-eight years later, it would become the first US company valued at over $1 trillion.

1968 Arthur Ashe became the first black person to be ranked number one in tennis.

1961 Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of war crimes in Israel.

1941 Adolf Hitler declared the imminent extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.

1915 The Empire of China was established by statesman Yuan Shikai, who declared himself Emperor.

1899 The first case of the bubonic plague was announced in Honolulu.

OTD in 1899: The first case of the bubonic plague was announced in Honolulu.

The Board of Health in Honolulu declared the first bubonic plague death shortly after the cholera epidemic.


1787 Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the US constitution.

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884 AD King Carloman II of West Francia was mortally wounded while out hunting.

Famous People Born On December 12

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Mayim Bialik. Here are some other famous people born on December 12th.

2000 Lucas Jade Zumann

American Actor

Lucas Jade Zumann
22 years old
Born In:
Illinois, USA

1915 Frank Sinatra

American Jazz Singer

Frank Sinatra
Died On:
May 14, 1998 (Age 82)
Born In:
New Jersey, USA

1975 Mayim Bialik

American Actress

Mayim Bialik
47 years old
Born In:
California, USA
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1949 Bill Nighy

English Actor

Bill Nighy
73 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On December 12

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

December 12: National Poinsettia Day

National Poinsettia Day

Forget Christmas lights and wreaths; in North America, it just isn’t Christmas without Poinsettias! So brighten up your house and prepare for the festive season by picking up a bouquet of these fabulous flowers today.

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December 12: National Ding-A-Ling Day

National Ding-A-Ling Day

Franky Hyle created Ding-A-Ling Day back in 1972 to encourage people to reach out to those they’re out of touch with and give them a call - or a ding-a-ling, as Ding-A-Lingers like to call it. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to ding-a-ling someone you miss!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Samsung tests phone durability with a butt-shaped robot designed to “sit” on Samsung phones repeatedly to test durability and bending.

December 12 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on December 12th share the Sagittarius zodiac sign.

Fire is the element given to Sagittarius. Sagittarians spread like flames in whichever direction the wind takes them while burning a light brightly under others as they go.

Blue Topaz is the birthstone given to people born in December. The icy-blue topaz provides special healing powers to those who wear it by recharging the body, mind, and spirit.

People born on this day were likely conceived on or around March 21st in the same year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be born around September 4, 2024.

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