On this day
Chang’an was occupied.
In 764, Chang’an, in the province of Shaanxi, was occupied for 15 days starting today by Tibetan troops. At the time, it was the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, and it’s still known as one of the oldest cities we’re aware of. It’s thought people lived in Chang’an dating all the way back to neolithic times.
Arkansas lost to the Supreme Court.
In 1968, in the Epperson v. Arkansas case, the US Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional for Arkansas to have a law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools. There are still some discussions surrounding the debate to this day, but this was a huge leap forward for evolutionary theory.
Special Days Falling on November 12thHere are some great excuses to mark November 12th on your calendar, whether or not you are already celebrating it for personal reasons!
World Pneumonia Day
Every November 12th, people around the world come together to honor World Pneumonia Day. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of pneumonia, how it occurs, and that we all need to stand together to fight this disease. Pneumonia kills people of all ages every year – and while many survive the illness and live long, healthy lives, others are not so fortunate.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
Every November 12th is also Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. Despite what the name may make you think, the day is actually about exploring our emotions, searching for inspiration, and finding new and creative ways of tackling our problems. Whatever your personal battle, today is the perfect day to face it and be kind to yourself.
American Fancy Rat and Mouse Day
For people in the US, November 12th is also American Fancy Rat and Mouse Day! The day is dedicated to celebrating these intelligent and adorable little creatures. They make for great family pets, and they deserve our respect and care. While rats and mice tend to get a bad reputation, they are actually very clean, smart, and loving creatures, so make sure to take the time to learn a little more about them today!