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November 12th marks a day of contrasting celebrations and observances, from the lighthearted enjoyment of social and culinary festivities to the serious recognition of global health issues.

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Interesting Facts of November 12th

  1. 1. November 12, 1799, is marked for one of the first recorded meteor showers in the United States. President Thomas Jefferson, among others, witnessed the Leonid meteor shower and it led to the first serious scientific treatment of meteor showers in America.
  2. 2. NASA's space probe Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Saturn on November 12, 1980, providing detailed images and data about the planet, its rings, and its moons.
  3. 3. November 12, 1929, is the birthdate of Grace Patricia Kelly, an American actress who became the Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956.
  4. 4. Space shuttle Columbia was launched on STS-2 on November 12, 1981, its second orbital mission. This mission marked the first time a manned orbital spacecraft was reused.
  5. 5. November 12, 1996, saw the Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision, the world's deadliest mid-air collision at the time, in which a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 collided with a Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 near Charkhi Dadri, India, killing all 349 on board both planes.
  6. 6. The Philae lander, deployed by the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission on November 12, 2014, became the first spacecraft to land on a comet (67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko), a milestone event in space exploration.
  7. 7. Disney's streaming service Disney+ was launched on November 12, 2019, originally going live in the early hours of November 12, but the date is often associated with November 10 as the announcement and actual rollout spanned this period.