About August 12

August 12, 2024 is the 225th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 170 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.
  • 1480
    Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
  • 1793
    The Rhône and Loire (Lêre) départments are created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire is split into two.
  • 1806
    Santiago de Liniers re-takes the city of Buenos Aires after the first British invasion.
  • 1831
    French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
  • 1877
    Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.
  • 1898
    An Armistice ends the Spanish-American War.
  • 1953
    Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1960
    Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1964
    South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
  • 1969
    Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
  • 1981
    The IBM Personal Computer is released.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
  • 1992
    Canada, Mexico and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • 2005
    Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.

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