About August 12

August 12, 2022 is the 224th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 163 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

August 12: More About This Day

It is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. It is also known as the “Glorious Twelfth” in the UK, as it marks the traditional start of the grouse shooting season.

What Happened On August 12

  • 30 BC
    Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite.
  • 1099
    First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid forces led by Al-Afdal Shahanshah. This is considered the last engagement of the First Crusade.
  • 1164
    Battle of Harim: Nur ad-Din Zangi defeats the Crusader armies of the County of Tripoli and the Principality of Antioch.
  • 1323
    Signature of the Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia), that regulates the border between the two countries for the first time.
  • 1480
    Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
  • 1676
    Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War.
  • 1687
    Battle of Mohács: Charles of Lorraine defeats the Ottomans.
  • 1793
    The Rhône and Loire (Lêre) départments are created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire is split into two.
  • 1851
    Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
  • 1914
    World War I: the United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary; the countries of the British Empire follow suit.
  • 1944
    Alençon is liberated by General Leclerc, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.
  • 1952
    The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow.
  • 1953
    The islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia in Greece are severely damaged by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.
  • 1960
    Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1964
    Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
  • 1964
    South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
  • 1977
    The Sri Lankan riots of 1977, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people, begin, less than a month after the United National Party came to power. Over 300 Tamils are killed.
  • 1977
    The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  • 1978
    The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China is signed.
  • 1982
    Mexico announces it is unable to pay its enormous external debt, marking the beginning of a debt crisis that spreads to all of Latin America and the Third World.

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