Today is 12/12/12 — the most interesting day of the year perhaps. Most people are preoccupied with the ‘Doomsday’ — 21/12/12 picking up Bruce Willis as their saviour at Armageddon, but this 346th day of the Gregorian calendar deserves some attention too. Here’s what December 12 has to offer —
• The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has declared December 12, 2012, as Anti-Doomsday Day in celebration of rational thinking and reasoned discourse.
• December 12 is the last of the repeating dates until January 1, 2101 (01/01/01). Repeating dates (like 12/12/12) can, for obvious reasons, only occur in the first 12 years of a century.
• At 12:12:12 pm, the day will offer fans of the number 12 a whopping six repeats! 12/12/12 12:12:12.
• At 1:21:02 am, palindrome lovers everywhere can rejoice in the single second that marks when the date-time combination is the same read both forwards and backwards: 2012-12-12 1:21:02 = 201212-1-212102.
• December 12 has been an auspicious day for the arts. Madame Bovary author Gustave Flaubert was born on the date in 1821, followed by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863), the ‘ol blue-eyed crooner Frank Sinatra (1915), abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler (1928), San-Jose seeking Dionne Warwick (1940), and jazz drummer extraordinaire, Tony Williams (1945).
• December 12 hasn’t proven to be an exceedingly popular day for famous deaths, however English poet Robert Browning, Baroness Spencer-Churchill (wife of Winston) and Ike Turner all hold the honour.
• December 12, 2012 is 6 years, 6 months, 6 days from June 6, 2006, or 6/6/6.
Doomsday after all?