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November 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 12

November 12th is officially Chicken Soup for the Soul Day and World Quality Day.

We are now on day 316 out of 365, and only have 49 days left of the year.

People who were born on November 12 all share the Scorpio zodiac sign.

If today’s your birthday or you just want to know more about it then you’ll love these historical events, both good and bad that made this day so special.

Did you know that on this day in 2014, the space probe “Philae” became the first-ever probe to land on a moving comet? It had struggled through a 7-hour descent from its mothership to achieve this feat.

Keep reading for more facts about November 12th in history!

What Happened On November 12 In History?

2019

Disney+ streaming service was launched.

The on-demand streaming video service gives viewers access to a wide range of Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic shows and movies.
2018

Michelle Obama published her personal memoir “Becoming.”

2017

An Iran-Iraq earthquake killed 630 people and injured over 8,100.

The 7.3 magnitude shake happened at 21:48 IST and was felt as far away as Israel.
2016

Jackie Chan was awarded an honorary Oscar at the 8th Annual Governors Awards for starring in over 200 movies.

2014

The Rosetta Philae became the first ever probe to land on a moving comet.

OTD in 2014: The Rosetta Philae became the first ever probe to land on a moving comet.
The space probe was developed by the European Space Agency and landed on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet after travelling for over a decade.
Source NASA
2003

A world record commercial railway train speed of 311 mph (500 kph) was achieved by Shanghai Transrapid Railway Systems.

2001

American Airlines Flight 587 from New York City to Dominican Republic crashed during takeoff.

All 260 passengers died, as well as another five more who wasn't on the plane.
1995

US/Russian STS 74 Atlantis space shuttle was launched from Kennedy Space Center.

1992

British comedy TV series “Absolutely Fabulous” aired for the first time.

The show was written by Jennifer Saunders who also played one of the main characters, Edina Monsoon.
1989

The musical “Grand Hotel” was first performed at the Martin Beck Theater in New York City.

1880

Harper and Brothers published Lew Wallace’s novel “Ben-Hur: a Tale of the Christ.”

Wallace's novel is considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."
1793

Mayor of Paris Jean Sylvain Bailly was guillotined at Champ de Mars during the Reign of terror.

1661

English scientist Robert Hooke was appointed Curator of Experiments at The Royal Society, London, England.

Did you know that on this day, November 12th 2014, the space probe “Philae” became the first-ever probe to land on a moving comet?