2021 December

December 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 12

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.

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

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 facts about December 12th in history!

What Happened On December 12 In History?


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 which is 11,500 feet below sea level, making it the deepest point on earth to date.
Source BBC

Winona Ryder was arrested.

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

A 7.8 earthquake hit Flores Island in Indonesia, as well as an 82-foot tsunami which killed about 2,500 people.


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

Source IMDB

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

38 years later it would become the first US company valued at over $1 trillion dollars.

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


Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of war crimes in Israel.


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


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.
Source JSTOR

Mexico was officially recognized as an independent nation by US.


Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify US constitution.