March 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on March 12



March 12th is a special day, as it’s the day we celebrate Alfred Hitchcock Day and Plant A Flower Day.

We’ve made it to the 72nd day of the year! There are 294 days left in 2024.

Although this day has had difficult times in the past, it’s also a day worth celebrating as the world was blessed with Coca-Cola! Check out these interesting facts & historical events that make this day so unique.

Did you know that on this day in 1970, the legal age required for voting in the USA was reduced? The 26th amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about March 12th in history!


What memorable events happened on March 12 in history? Keep reading to find out!


The US announced the suspension of travel from almost all EU nations due to COVID-19.


The dystopian science fiction-adventure movie “The Hunger Games” premiered in Los Angeles.

OTD in 2012: The dystopian science fiction-adventure movie "The Hunger Games" premiered in Los Angeles.


Space shuttle Endeavour successfully docked with the International Space Station during NASA’s STS-123 mission.


The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland formally joined NATO.

It was said that the entry of the three former members of the Eastern Bloc into NATO signified the beginning of a unified Europe. With their admission, they were finally given a level of military and political security that had been severely lacking in the region for much of the 20th Century.


American basketball champion David Robinson scored a career-high 50 points in the NCAA tournament.


The infamous killer clown, John Wayne Gacy, was convicted for the murder of 33 men and boys.

OTD in 1980: The infamous killer clown

The day after his conviction, he was sentenced to death, with the execution taking place in May 1994.


The legal age required for voting in the USA was reduced to 18.

The previous age was 21, but the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution made it illegal to deny citizens over 18 the right to vote.


Canadian ice hockey pro, Bobby Hull, set a new record with his 51st goal of the season.

OTD in 1966: Canadian ice hockey pro


Cleveland, Ohio, recorded its coldest March temperature at a bone-chilling -5°F.


Anti-Discrimination Bill was signed in New York, US.

The bill was aimed at employees as well as job applicants and made it illegal for them to discriminate based on race, religion, or creed.


The Girl Scouts of the USA was founded.

The founding of the group, known then as Girl Guides, began with a meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia.


The world’s favorite soda, Coca-Cola, was sold in glass bottles in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA.

OTD in 1894: The world's favorite soda

A candy store owner called Joseph A. Biedenharn was the first person to bottle the drink and sell it in his store. Before then, Coca-Cola was sold as a fountain drink.


The world’s first black international football player, Andrew Watson, played his first of three matches in Scotland.


King Charles II of England gave a land grant to James Duke of York, which meant that New Jersey became a British colony.

Famous Births

If you were born on this day, you share your birthday with Danny Jones. Find out who else was born on March 12th below!


Christina Grimmie



Christina Grimmie

Died On:

Jun 10, 2016 (Age 22)

Born In:

New Jersey, USA







39 years old

Born In:

Etterbeek, Belgium


Liza Minnelli



Liza Minnelli


78 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Danny Jones



Danny Jones


38 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, March 12th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Anne Frank



Anne Frank



Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a German-Dutch diarist born on June 12, 1929. She died on this day in 1945, at age 15 in Bergen-Belsen, Germany.

Died On:

Mar 12, 1945 (Age 15)

Died In:

Bergen-Belsen, Germany

Special Holidays

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

March 12: National Plant A Flower Day
United States

National Plant A Flower Day

Flowers are the best thing to brighten up your day, and growing them is so much more rewarding. So buy some seeds and get your hands dirty today on Plant a Flower Day, and get ready to marvel at the beautiful blooms.

March 12: Alfred Hitchcock Day
United States

Alfred Hitchcock Day

We sure hope you’re ready to watch some classic films tonight, as today we honor one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. It shouldn’t be too hard to find one of his films to watch; he did make over fifty of them! If you’re a true Hitchcock fan, see how many films you can watch today!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In 18th Century England, having a pineapple was a symbol of wealth because of high import fees. They would be used as displays instead of being eaten.

Birthday & Zodiac

If you were born on this day, your star sign is Pisces.

While Pisceans may seem quiet at times, they have a solid sense of right and wrong. Their moral compass, along with their gut, guides them well in life.

Those of you that were born in March have the Aquamarine birthstone. Aquamarine gets its name from an old Latin expression meaning “seawater.” Like the still pristine waters, the Aquamarine stone brings an abundance of peace into the wearer’s life.

People born on March 12 were likely conceived on or around June 19 in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be born around December 3, 2024.

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