October 12 in Pop Culture History

October 12th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 12th History Highlights

  • 1279 – The Nichiren Shoshu branch of Buddhism was founded in Japan.
  • 1492 – Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ The Bahamas.
  • 1773 – Eastern State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia, the first in America, opened..
  • 1999 – As of this day, 6 billion people were alive on Earth. #thedayofthesixbillion
  • If you were born on October 12th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 19th (same year)

National Farmers Day

Old Farmers Day is now actually known as National Farmers Day. Though the exact date and history of this day are not known, it is known that the holiday was originally celebrated in the 1800s. This day is a day to remember and honor the hard work done by farmers throughout our country as well as our countries history. We see our food, mostly, in the stores packaged and ready to cook and eat, and not many of us know the hard work that goes into raising fruit vegetables, and livestock. This is a day to remember the tremendous work our farmers do for us.

October 12th is…

Farmer’s Day
Freethought Day
Gumbo Day
Old Farmers Day
Savings Day
World Arthritis Day

October 12th Birthday Quotes

“People think I’m disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.”
– Luciano Pavarotti

“It is necessary that we stop, once for all, this ignorant meddling with other people’s business. Each individual must be left free to follow his own path.”
– Aleister Crowley

“And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him.”
– Edith Stein

“In life, you don’t regret the things you do, you regret the things you don’t do.”
– Hugh Jackman

“I didn’t allow (Gumby) merchandising for seven years after it was on the air because I was very idealistic, and I didn’t want parents to think we were trying to exploit their children.”
– Aer Clokey

October 12th Birthdays

1875 – Aleister Crowley, English occultist and author (died in 1947)
1891 – Edith Stein, German/Polish nun and martyr; later canonized (died in 1942)
1893 – Velvalee Dickinson, American spy (died in 1980)
1904 – Lester Dent, American journalist and author (died in 1959)
1916 – Alice Childress, American actress, and playwright (died in 1994)
1921 – Art Clokey (Arthur C. Farrington), American animator and voice actor, created Gumby (died in 2010)
1935 – Sam Moore, American soul singer-songwriter, of Sam & Dave
1935 – Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor (died in 2007)
1949 – Carlos the Jackal (Illich Ramirez Sanchez), Venezuelan terrorist and murderer
1950 – Susan Anton, American actress, and model
1962 – Mads Eriksen, Norwegian guitarist
1968 – Hugh Jackman, Australian actor, and singer
1970 – Kirk Cameron, American actor
1986 – Tyler Blackburn, American actor

October 12th History

1792 – The first celebration of Columbus Day in the US was held in New York City.

1810 – Oktoberfest begins: In Germany, the Bavarian royal family invited the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

1823 – Charles Macintosh of Scotland began selling his ‘raincoat.’

1918 – Cloquet Fire, Minnesota killed over 400 people.

1950 – The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuted on CBS.

1953The Bob Hope Show (television) premiered.

1960 – Nikita Khrushchev famously pounded his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly.

1963 – #1 Hit October 12, 1963 – November 15, 1963: Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs – Sugar Shack

1964 – The USSR launched Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew; it was the first flight without spacesuits.

1979The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published. The Answer? 42.

1985 – #1 Hit October 12, 1985 – October 18, 1985: Ready for the World – Oh Sheila

1989 – East End Show – Buddy -The Buddy Holly Story (Musical) October 12, 1989

1991 – #1 Hit October 12, 1991 – November 1, 1991: Mariah Carey – Emotions

1994 – NASA lost radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as it descended into the thick, acidic atmosphere of Venus.

2000 – The USS Cole was badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.

October 12, 2001Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge aired on The Disney Channel

October 12, 2005 – The Apple iPod (5th generation) was released.

October 12, 2007 – Twitches Too aired on The Disney Channel

October 12, 2012 – Girl vs. Monster aired on The Disney Channel

2013 – #1 Hit October 12, 2013 – December 20, 2013: Lorde – Royals

October 12, 802,701 (fiction) George Wells arrived from the past, The Time Machine, Book/Film

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” – Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins)

The first movie to be filmed in Technicolor was Becky Sharp, in 1934

The show was called Full House because Danny Tanner had to deal with 3 of a kind and a pair.

A group of Bison is called a Herd.

Ray Milland – Real Name: Reginald Truscott Jones

Why are so many ghosts from the Victorian age?

“I’m into leather.” – Alvy’s Classmate, Annie Hall #moviequotes

The Edge (U2) – Real Name: Dave Evans

The CEO of McDonald’s is “someone who works at McDonald’s.” #McDonalds #CEOproblems

If someone offers you something, take it. You’re doing them a favor by allowing them to do a good deed.

Scented deodorant is both an odorant and a deodorant.

On their deathbed, nobody said, “If I had a chance to do it all over again, I’d spend more time working.”

“Here’s Johnny!” – Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show) #TVQuotes

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